With so many new restaurants and businesses popping up in the Triangle these days, we often forget the historic aspects of this area. This is where Duke Homestead comes in. Duke Homestead is the Tobacco Museum, home and first factory of Washington Duke. Washington Duke started a tobacco company many years before Durham became such a hot spot. In fact, Mr. Duke’s company eventually became the American Tobacco Company and is in many ways responsible for shaping Durham into what it is today.
So why am I telling you about Duke Homestead? Because they are hosting an exciting event that will pique any foodie’s interest. On August 21st, the Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation is hosting an event called “Trucks for Duke Homestead.” For this event, the nonprofit organization is teaming up with 15 area food trucks including Chirba Chirba, American Meltdown, The Humble Pig and many more. This event will bring something a little different to the table than your typical food truck rodeo. Tickets are $50.00, but they include a dish from all 15 food trucks. Each truck will be bringing one small plate to the event. This could be their signature dish or even a new recipe that they have wanted to test out. That means you get 15 different dishes from 15 different food trucks for $50.00. You can also split tickets between as many people as you’d like. This makes for the perfect date night or outing with a group of friends. As Jessica Shillingsford, site manager at Duke Homestead, put it, you can split the ticket as many ways as your appetite will allow. There are also only 200 tickets available to this event. This will definitely help avoid the issue of long lines and trucks running out of food that you might come across at a typical food truck rodeo. The best part is that all of the proceeds from this event will be going back to the Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation. These proceeds will help the nonprofit with things like their Field Trip Fund so that they can continue teaching children in the area about the history of the town they live in.
So if you are a fellow Triangle Foodie and want to try new food from delicious area food trucks, this event is definitely for you. It is a family friendly event and bringing lounge chairs or picnic blankets is highly encouraged. Come prepared for music and fun as well, as Duke Homestead staff members will be available to offer tours of the site during the event!
When: August 21 5:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Duke Homestead Historic Site (2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, 27705).
Tickets: $50, can be purchased online or at the event.
Limit 200 tickets, tickets can be split amongst as many people as desired.
Images courtesy of Duke Homestead.
Melissa Guido is a currently a dietetic intern in the Triangle area. She studied nutrition at NC State and Meredith College. Her favorite part about nutrition is showing people that healthy food can be exciting and delicious. Melissa loves travelling and learning about how food fits into different cultures. In her free time she loves trying new restaurants, cooking, and obsessing over her dogs. Follow her on Instagram @made2order and at www.madeorder.wordpress.com.