Hey Wake Forest, who wants to Meet in the Street?

MITS-ad-for-webIt’s time to take it to the streets people of Wake Forest…well almost!  The 35th annual Meet in the Street festival will be held Saturday, May 2nd from 10-5 in downtown Wake Forest.  This event is hosted by the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce and is an opportunity for a day filled with food, fun and entertainment, including live music and children’s activities. It’s an event my family looks forward to each year and this year is no exception!

Festivities will include  artisans’ booths featuring handcrafted arts and crafts along South Taylor Street, South Brooks Street, and South White Street starting at 10 a.m. I am always amazed by the vast talent on display at these booths.  You’ll see wood working, handmade jewelry, soaps, ceramics, signs, pottery, handmade children’s clothing and so much more.

There will be a live music stage set up at the corner of White and Owen Streets.  A Performance Plaza, provided by WakeMed,  will be in front of Town Hall on Brooks Street where local choirs, martial art groups, cheer groups, and more will perform throughout the day. My family really enjoys watching the martial art and cheer groups perform.  This town is full of talented kids!  At 12 noon in the Performance Plaza there will be a Bluegrass Performance Stomp that provides an interactive, family friendly bluegrass musical performance that covers the history of bluegrass.  Should this be our designated meeting spot?!  Check out the complete schedule of events here:


10:00 – 10:30 am Karma
11:00 am -12:30 pm Liverpool of the Carolinas-Beatles Experience
1:00 – 2:30 pm Bethesda Bluegrass
3:00 – 5:00 pm East Coast Rhythm & Blues Band


10:00 – 10:30 am Innovative Martial Arts
10:45 – 11:15 am Wake Forest Elementary Choir
11:30 – 12:00 pm Zumba by Claudia
12:00 – 12:45 pm Bluegrass Performance Stomp
1:00-1:30 pm Jinho Martial Arts
1:45 – 2:15 pm Nicaraguan Dancers
2:30 – 3:00 pm TBC
3:15 – 3:45 pm TBC

Other exciting features of the event include a Beer Garden provided by White Street Brewing Company located on White Street;  an interactive trailer provided by Coca-Cola and Carolina Parent Magazine on Brooks Street; the Carolina Hurricanes Storm Squad on Taylor Street; and a Children’s Village provided by The Goddard School of Wake Forest on Taylor Street with activities including inflatables, face painting, kid craft activities, spin art, and a mobile gaming theater.  The Children’s Village is always a hit in our family;  be prepared though, you may have to wait in line for the face painting but it’s worth it!  I’m pretty excited about the Carolina Hurricanes Storm Squad myself as I know my daughter will LOVE seeing them!

The Town of Wake Forest will provide a bicycle safety fair on Brooks Street and the WFFD will host a new obstacle course, smoke house (have you ever been in one?) and fire truck to tour on Taylor Street.  There will be a special presentation by the Wake Forest Fire Department at 11 a.m. and  2 p.m. on Taylor Street.

So you know we have arts, crafts and entertainment…what’s missing?!  Food?  No way!  The Wake Forest Chamber has thought of it all!  There are few days where downtown is so full of wonderful smells of so many different tempting tasty foods!  Check out the following vendors and their locations so you will know where to head to get the ones you want!

White Street Food Vendors

Lumpy’s Ice Cream – Homemade super premium local ice cream

Fired Up BBQ – Grilled Chicken, brisket, kabobs, greens, smoked man n cheese, fresh cut fries, wraps, potato salad

Kona Ice of Raleigh – Hawaiian style shave ice

D&J Concessions – Soft serve ice cream, soda floats, fried candy bars, frozen cheese cake, red velvet funnel cake

Owen Street Food Vendors

Charlies Kabob Grill – Gyros, Falafel, Lamb and Chicken Skewers, Fries, Drinks

Chick-fil-A Wake Forest – Chick-fil-A sandwiches and Fresh Lemonade Squeezed

Brooks Street Food Vendors

Bigg Heads – Ice Blended Smoothies using fresh fruit and also serving in pineapples and cups

Chriba Chirba Dumpling – Dumplings, Sides, Buns

Gussy’s Greek Food – Greek, Gyro, Chicken Pita, hummus, Greek salad

Big Al’s BBQ – BBQ Sandwich, brisket sandwich, fried pork chop, hushpuppies, mac & cheese, fried okra, chicken tenders

Cousins Maine Lobster – Maine Lobster Rolls, lobster and shrimp tacos, lobster bisque, New England Clam Chowder

Sherri’s Crab Cakes – Handmade Maryland Style Crab Cakes, grilled shrimp, French fries, iced tea, lemonade, crab soup

Baton Rouge Cuisine – Jambalaya, gumbo, etoufee, fried okra, boudin, mac n cheese

We Bea Grillin – Hot Dogs, Burgers, BBQ, Cheese Steaks

Not Just Icing – Fresh Baked Cupcakes, cookie cakes, brownies

Sweet Traditions – Cupcakes

Taylor Street Food Vendors

Jam Soft Serve Ice Cream – Soft Serve ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, and shaved ice

Bread & Butter Southern Grille – Wings, steak and cheese, smokes sausage, shrimp, fish, burger, hot dogs, philly steak

Fire Chef – Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Philly Cheese Steaks, Chips, Soda, Water

I hope to see you at this fun, family event!  I’m including a map to help you find the things you most want to see and do!  Just click on the following:  MITS_VisitorMap2015_1

About Peter Kima

When it comes to providing the utmost in personal service to his clients, Peter Kima is on the cutting edge. This family man's demanding work ethic was passed on from his parents. His mother, a first generation German-American forged a new life in a strange country. His father, who has not missed a day of work since 1972 led by example. Peter does not rest until he's done everything in his power to help you achieve your goals. As a husband and a father, his understanding the importance of a family's home is reflected in his every move. When Peter is not helping one of his clients he can be found volunteering his time running a charity Lobster Bingo event, cooking burgers at the Wake Forest Fire Station to benefit the children in the community, delivering dictionaries to every 3rd grade student in Wake county with the Wake Forest Kiwanis Club, collecting school supplies for the needy or ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. His favorite pastime however is spending time with his wife Jennifer and their two sons, Cole (7) and Camden (4 going on 44!). Peter has resided in Germany, California, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon and Vermont. Having lived in North Carolina for over 10 years, Peter refers to North Carolina as home. Don't underestimate the value of Peter's moving experience. He and his team understand the rigors involved in making a family move. Rely on that experience to help you. When the time comes for your next move in and around Wake Forest, NC don't settle for ordinary! Count on Peter and his entire team to help you achieve...The Good Life.

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