Inaugural Cedar Grove event brings in the glorious funk of local terrior

Lyndon and Kether Smith are co-founders of Botanist & Barrel in Cedar Grove, North Carolina.

Lyndon and Kether Smith are co-founders of Botanist & Barrel in Cedar Grove, North Carolina.

A new festival is coming to the Tar Heel state which has a focus on the natural, wild and spontaneous side of food and beverage. The inaugural Funk Down on the Farm event will take place on April 13, and it’s bound to be a festival unlike any other in the Triangle-area.

“We want to bring to light the producers who are doing amazing work all while embracing the ‘farm to table movement,’ and crafting with minimal additives and wild yeasts,” says Botanist & Barrel’s Lyndon Smith.

Locally sourced ingredients, local and terrior-based foods and beverage are becoming a huge success here in the U.S., and Botanist & Barrel plan to showcase this at the event, which will feature more than 40 craft beverage producers from across the Carolinas and beyond.

“Terrior is a real thing, and it is why people keep choosing local,” says wine and cider educator Amie Fields. “When you can taste a sense of place, the aromas, the soil, the local fruit, the soul of a farm, it just means more.” Asheville’s Jonathon Parks of Zillicoah Brewing agrees. “Using native wild yeast allows us to make beers that fully express the local ingredients we use. There’s literally nothing more important in our brewery than our collection of cultures.”

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Funk Down on the Farm will have multiple ticket options available for the event being held at the Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm in Cedar Grove. The lineup of participants is almost a who’s who of wild and organic producers such as Resident Culture, Zillicoah, Wooden Robot, Fullsteam, Barrel Culture, Bond Brothers, Carolina Bauernhaus, D9, Fonta Flora, Salud Cerveceria and much more. And that’s just on the craft beer side of things.

In the world of spirits and meads, one can expect to taste samples from Oak & Grist Distillery, Alchemy Herbal Wines, Gingers Revenge, Pleb Urban Winery, Resistor Kombucha and Eda Rhyne Distillery.

The event will also feature food vendors such as The Wooden Nickel Pub, Prodigal Farms, Mera Brothers as well as a fermented tasting bar featuring many items you’ve probably never tasted or heard of before.

VIP tickets for the event start at $55 and general admission tickets go for $40. You can purchase your tickets by going to the link here.

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