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Durham is the South's Tastiest Town

Durham IS The South's
Tastiest Town


In January, 2013 Durham and its food scene were again catapulted into the national spotlight by inclusion on Southern Living magazine’s list of the Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South. It shared company with culinary mega-star destinations like New Orleans, Charleston, and Miami. There was then a six-week online voting process to determine which place deserved the title of “Tastiest Town in the South.”

Toward the end a spirited and friendly battle emerged between Durham and the nearest competitor on the list, Memphis. At three times the size of Durham, the odds were in Memphis’ favor, but Durham did what Durham does…stayed true to its convictions and reigned victorious. In April, Durham was announced as having won the title “Tastiest Town in the South” and was featured in the May edition of Southern Living magazine.

In the article, Southern Living recognized that Durham’s creativity, accessibility, and passion positions its food scene among the best. The article commends its “elevated casual fare” and abundance of “artisans committed to crafting their own to-die-for takes on simple culinary delights.” (Read the full article)

Durham’s dining scene was making waves well before winning the “Tastiest” title. In fact, of Durham’s 700+ restaurants, more than 50 have been recognized by regional or national media, many of them repeatedly. Check out all of Durham’s “Celebrated Cuisine” restaurants, and follow Durham NC on Facebook for the latest foodie insights and updates on hot spots, upcoming events, and more.

Go ahead, get out and explore all the culinary treasures that Durham has to offer. Discover firsthand why Durham residents and visitors agree that Durham is the Tastiest Town in the South!

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October 24 - 24, 2014

Durham Symphony Orchestra Halloween Spooktacular Concert

An evening of fun-filled musical offerings for the whole family including holiday inspired works by Copeland, Stravinsky, Saint Saëns and Williams. Paperhand Puppet Intervention, creator of giant puppets, masks and shadow plays joins the DSO in staged performances of Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette and Stravinsky's Infernal Dance of King Katschei from the Firebird Suite. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food trucks, beginning at 6pm. Best Costume contest. Hands-on instrument fun with High Strung Petting Zoo. Special guests Faith Baptist Church Children's Choir. FREE admission.

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