What's that they say? It's hard to have too much of a good thing?
Well, if you put food in that category, it would seem this is the weekend to indulge. Not one, but two food events are making their way to the Bull City this weekend.
First up is an event that mixes quantity with quality: The DoughMan, a so-called "self-propelled culinary tour of Durham," described as a cross between a triathlon and a competitive eating event. Yes, proving the annual Raleigh Krispy Kreme run isn't masochistic enough -- now you get to engorge on food and then add swimming and biking to your running routine!
The race starts at Foster's Market, where each four-person team's first racer downs a Foster's breakfast before biking to Nosh. Racer 2 in this restaurant relay eats a sandwich and side there and runs to Luther's, off Ninth St. After Racer 3 downs a chili dog and hushpuppies there, it's off to Duke's Central Campus pool for a swim (no cramps, please!), freeing up Racer 4 to speed from there to Dain's on Ninth, down a load of bacon cheese fries, and run -- stomach contents hopefully intact -- to Locopops downtown.
All four team members then meet at the 'Pops and down some paletas before racing as a team down to the Farmer's Market finish line.
Of course, the best thing about the whole event is its cause: Seeds, the terrific Durham-based community gardening non-profit, and in particular their Durham Inner-city Gardeners program. The event is sponsored by the participating restaurants, Parker & Otis, and Duke University.
Registration is closed, so it's too late to add your team into the mix this inaugural year. If you want to watch the outcome, it looks like your best bet may be to hang around Locopops and the Farmer's Market in the 10-11ish timeframe.
Also up for Saturday: the fourth-annual Taste of Durham, which returns to its peripheral position at the Imperial Center down in the southeastern corner of the county. According to press reports, the festival last year drew 18,000 visitors to its significantly more spacious location after relocating from Brightleaf Square.
The Giorgios Hospitality Group of restaurants again features prominently in the list of participating restaurants this year, bringing George's Garage, Parizade and Vita cuisine to the table. The terrific seafood restaurant Blu will also be there, as will the Mo'ville version of Nikos Taverna, Bombay Grille, Pomodoro, the Texas Roadhouse -- still Durham's priciest eats north of I-85! -- and Papa Mojo's Roadhouse.
They'll be joined by a number of chains with local presence, including the Honeybaked Ham Co., Cold Stone Creamery, and The Melting Pot. Along with, intriguingly, the Weeping Radish, now an Outer Banks establishment, but at one time a pioneering Durham brewpub. Speaking of which, there'll be wine and beer tasting tents, along with live music throughout the day.
The festival runs from 11am until 7pm at the Imperial Center just off I-40 at Page Rd. Admission is $6 day-of-festival; kids under 12 get in free; you'll need to buy $1 coins, too, to try samples of the food and beer/wine.
The H-S reports that The Community Chest, the non-profit spearheading the annual event, may add a Taste of the Triangle version of the annual happening next year.