If you're looking to learn about mole, head over to Holy Mole, a two-day event in Durham this weekend. Further billed as the Spirit of Food and People Behind It, the program kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday in the Room 100 Gallery at Golden Belt (807 E. Main St., www.goldenbeltarts.com, 967-7700). There, look for documentary photographs and videos by members of Farmworker Youth Power, 18 children of migrant farmworkers from Greene, Johnston, Lenoir and Wayne counties.
On Saturday afternoon, catch a demonstration and try your hands at mole making with Guillermina Garcia of Mujeres Sin Fronteras at 3:30 p.m. at the Durham Central Park gazebo, 534 Foster St.
Holy Mole continues Saturday evening at Central Park with a lineup of workshops and hands-on cooking demonstrations, from tamales to mole and from salsa to aguas frescas. Between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., gather for a tamale dinner and discussion with farmworkers, producers, chefs and other community members. The Holy Mole event is free and open to the public.
The weekend provides an opportunity to better know the people and places that provide us with food. The fifth annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour will take place between 1 and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. According to Anna MacDonald Dobbs, social work intern at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, a $25 advance ticket will allow "as many people as you can legally fit into your car" access to 24 participating farms. Advance tickets can be purchased at any Triangle Whole Foods or online at www.carolinafarmstewards.org. On the event days, $30 tickets can be picked up at your first farm stop. To plan a route or learn more about the participating farms, visit the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's website.
If you're not up for a drive, celebrate food within your own community. In honor of its 30th birthday, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is throwing a party at its Triangle (and national) locations: Sept. 18 in Raleigh (3540 Wade Ave., 828-5805), Sept. 19 in Chapel Hill (81 S. Elliott Road, 968-1983) and Durham (621 Broad St., 286-2290) and Sept. 20 (Whole Foods' actual birthday) in Cary (102B New Waverly Place, 816-8830).
Amy Eller, marketing team leader at Durham's Whole Foods Market, says there will be different festivities at each Triangle store. From noon until 4 p.m., her store will include grilled food and a mini beer festival featuring nearly 10 breweries. Donations are suggested: proceeds will benefit projects including Whole Foods' Salad Bar Project, which has a goal of putting salad bars in 300 public schools. People can also paint a tile that depicts what they love about Durham. The tile will be incorporated in Durham's expanded Whole Foods Market, which will begin construction early next year.
Be sure to drop by the first MacDown (www.themacdown.com), a macaroni-and-cheese contest being held in conjunction with Raleigh's SPARKcon festival. Judges will evaluate the Triangle's best comfort dish at 4 p.m. on Saturday under the Big Noodle tent on Fayetteville Street. Participating restaurants include Porter's City Tavern, Spirits Pub and Grub, The Q Shack and Tobacco Road Sports Cafe.