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Food truck rodeo, ramen pop-up, BBQ and beer festival return to Raleigh

Fayetteville Street from last year's Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo.
Fayetteville Street from last year's Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo.annie chen

Springtime is finally here and food and beverage events around Raleigh are ramping up.

The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo returns this year with over 50 participating food trucks statewide coming to Raleigh for the event.

The 2014 dates are scheduled for the following Sundays: May 4, June 8, August 10 and October 12.

The organizer of the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo, Guy Caprioli, is holding a Kickstarter fundraiser to cover some of the start-up costs associated with the food truck event. Pledgers can contribute $25 in return for an “Early Bird” wristband that will allow attendees to gain entrance into the rodeo thirty minutes early for all four events. Pledgers also have an opportunity to contribute and attend a family-style, food truck sit-down dinner to be held on May 1.

The Lucky, a ramen pop-up shop, held its first ramen dinner on Sunday, April 6 at Café Helios. If you missed the inaugural noodle event, you still have a few more chances to grab a bowl of authentic ramen the first Sunday of each month.

Jupiter’s Grocery, the team behind The Lucky, has announced via Twitter future dates for the ramen pop-up shop: May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3 and September 7.

April is North Carolina Beer Month and the beer-related festivities continue at Brewgaloo on Saturday, April 26. Festival-goers will be able to sample beer from over 30 local craft breweries at City Plaza in downtown Raleigh. While admission into the event is free, beer tokens and taster cards can be purchased ahead of time.

Cuegrass, the annual barbecue and bluegrass festival at The Pit will also take place on April 26. Performances will include: Old Habits, The Barefoot Movement, Grits and Soul and The 23 String Band. ‘Cuegrass costs $5 to get through the gates, and The Pit’s barbecue and local craft beer will be available at the festival for purchase.