Whether you are a local, a transplant, or just someone who loves rich culture expressed in food and fun, please join the Old Baldy Foundation June 8 & 9 for the third annual North Carolina Treasures Weekend, a two-day celebration of the state’s best cuisine, spirits, music, art and history.
Celebrity chef Matthew Register will be the weekend’s featured guest and he is quite a North Carolina treasure himself. Raised in rural North Carolina, Register has gained national acclaim, including being featured in Food & Wine magazine and on the TODAY Show. He and his wife Jessica own Southern Smoke BBQ in Garland, named one of the top 25 BBQ restaurants in the U.S. by Men’s Journal.
A celebrated pit master, Register will orchestrate a farm-to-table feast under the stars on the grounds of Old Baldy Lighthouse on Saturday, June 8, beginning at 6 p.m. A number of award-winning North Carolina distilleries will provide liquid complements to Register’s new takes on classic Southern recipes.
Representing central NC, Durham Distillery will be pouring their Conniption Gin, recently named the number one Navy-strength gin in the U.S. at the 2019 Gin Awards. Hailing from the mountains but making national waves as well, Asheville’s Eda Rhyne Distillery will feature Appalachian Fernet and Amaro Flora, unique interpretations of traditional herbal liquors. Tickets are $90 per person for the evening.
On Sunday, beginning at 2 p.m., return to the base of Old Baldy for a North Carolina Treasures Marketplace. As you stroll the grounds, shop for NC-made goods and decor from the state’s talented artists and artisans, plus craft beers, distillery tastings and specialized foods, including samples from Matthew Register. There is no cost to attend the marketplace; food and drink will be available for purchase.
Signed copies of Register’s first cookbook, Southern Smoke: Traditions and Treasured Recipes Reimagined for Today, will be available at both events.
A Stately, 202-Year-Old Honoree
The entire North Carolina Treasures weekend is held to honor Old Baldy and all she has symbolized in her more than 200 years. All proceeds benefit the Old Baldy Foundation, whose purpose is the restoration and operation of the 1817 lighthouse. Funding for the mission comes from public donations, gift shop retail sales, museum and lighthouse fees, as well as special tours and programs.