If you've lived in the Triangle long enough, you probably understand why the food here is receiving accolades on a national level. For those of you unfamiliar with the yummy creations of all kinds in the Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh areas, keep reading...we'll tell you some of the reasons why our food in the Triangle is over-the-top delectable.

1. We have one of "America's Next Hot Food Cities": It was just released that Durham, NC is nationally recognized by the travel review company Zagat as being one of ten next hot food cities in America. Why? Many deciding factors played a part, but most importantly foodie experts and Zagat readers chose Durham because A) many excellent chefs call it home, B) residents are frequently dining out, C) young chefs who are just starting their careers are drawn to this city, D) Durham's rich and diversified culture produces an assortment of delicious "grub," and E) local fresh ingredients are at the fingertips of chefs. Zagat describes Durham as an "increasingly revitalized old tobacco town [that] offers more than the whole-hog barbecue it's famous for, with a cache of restaurants that is evolving the present culinary scene while preserving the past." 

**Asheville, NC also made the top ten list!

2. We have the most amazing food on wheels: Food trucks have become a sensation across the Triangle area, and there's no sign of it slowing down. For the past 7 years food trucks have charted their way from Raleigh, to Durham, to Chapel Hill and beyond, the number of trucks growing substantially in the meantime. Food Truck Rodeos (held 4 times a year in both downtowns of Raleigh and Durham) have ignited a craze. For example, Raleigh's Food Truck Rodeo grew from 3,000 diners in its first year to 10,000 - wow! New food ideas are popping up all the time, and Triangle residents are more than happy to make room in their stomachs for these savory creations. It's not every day you can devour fine dining from a kitchen on wheels!

Track the location of food trucks daily here!

3. We celebrate local food, beer and wine: Next weekend, May 15-17, the Got to be NC Festival will be held on the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. There will be rides, live music and other activities to enjoy, but FOOD is the main attraction. And not just food, LOCAL FOOD, WINE and BEER. Can you say YUM?!? Check out the list of vendors who will be there! But be ready...some of the food there will be a bit bizarre!

Info courtesy of Triangle Business Journal, The Sunday News & Observer, and Our State Magazine.



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