It’s funny how a little time can change things.
This year’s Indyweek Best of the Triangle Party found me experiencing it from the inside out. It was held at the Durham Central Park Pavilion where the Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday, from 4-10pm.
As a member of one of the winners, Chirba! Chirba! Dumpling truck, I understood firsthand the hard work and dedication that earns the vote of the Triangle eating public.
We take our food rather seriously in these parts. There are some wonderful trucks are out there eating up the miles across the Triangle and serving unique food only to be found here. But excuse my opinion please, when I say “We rock!”
It was with joy, pride, and a serving of gratitude that I trotted out to see this year’s winners and say hello to folks. As I arrived, our bright yellow truck was one of the first sights to be seen, and the crew was working feverishly to supply dumpling lovers who came out. Okay, okay, moving on… 🙂
Southern Season had a consistent line also with Vinho Verde and other white wine as well as chocolate truffles and toffees, draft beer flavored jelly beans, and ‘drunken’ chocolate candies.
La Farm was giving bread samples, and there were bagels in the house from Breuggers when I arrived. Coffee was big this year with samples from Cocoa Cinnamon, Joe Van Gogh, and Carrboro Coffee Roasters.
This year’s sponsor Rommel Harley had a selection of bikes on display, as well as a Black Dodge Viper GTS, plus the actual truck from Sanford and Son, sans any crude rotary devices such as wheels. (Just kidding.)
Combustion Cycles, one of the most reputable scooter and motorbike repair shops and dealers in the area, was on hand with some cool rides as well.
If music is more your speed, there was a selection from High Strung Instruments on display. Owner Lee Raymond also serves as School Director for their listing of music and instrument classes.. Manning the booth were Damon and Matt, cool peeps who explained the whole thing. They carry everything from banjos and guitars to ukuleles and zithers…
Stepping across the aisle, I was confronted with an incongruous sight. There was a steam punk fairy flitting about and granting cosmetic wishes.
My main concern at this point is the necessity of adding acquisition of steampunk fairy wings to my bucket list now. How neat are they!?
Speaking of hair, Posh the Salon was on site giving free color swaths to willing visitors, and Ryan-Ashley and Ray from Moshi Moshi means Hello had samples as well.
Let’s not forget the music!
Children of the Horn was laying it down in such a manner that they sparked a spontaneous Conga/Jazz/Funk line led by a very spry young lady in pink. She was getting down and funky like nobody’s business.
It is a fair statement that the Triangle is fun, unique, and cultured in a way that it has never been previously. One just has to love the mish-mash of cool, funky, hard-working and magical people who make up the residents and businesses of our area.
It was a cool Saturday, Durham-style!