The Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum hosted their Second Annual Raleigh Roasts to great success on Saturday, January 26, 2019. As vendors began arriving early that morning, the excitement in the air only grew as adults and children alike began lining Fayetteville Street. Despite the chilly weather, many spoke in eager curiosity as to what selections different vendors would provide.
This year Raleigh Roasts hosted eleven different vendors from around the area including Larry’s Coffee, Dilworth Coffee, Tama Café, Carrol’s Kitchen, Yellow Dog Bread Company, Black & White, Counter Culture, Videri, Slingshot Coffee, Ello Raw, and Pine State Coffee. Vendors brought new treats like coffee soda, kolache rolls, and sparkling tea, as well as coffee culture staples including banana bread, chocolate, and even some superfood snack bites. And there was coffee, lots of coffee! With all the coffee being brewed, museum visitors commented that the museum smelled faintly of coffee for hours after the event ended.
After visitors were welcomed in by The Friends and received their Sir Walter Raleigh Mugs, they were pulled in by the vendors spread around the museum. While visitors waited to sample different items, the museum exhibits helped keep them entertained. But with visitors and vendors spread everywhere, many remarked they would have to come back for a second visit to see all the different exhibits the museum offered. The Dwane Powell, “You really stuck it to me today”: The Political Cartoons of Dwane Powell exhibit was a favorite among the event’s attendees, with many new drawing added to the interactive exhibit.
A great addition to the event was live music provided by Annika Bovender, a talented musician who played host to her cheering section throughout the morning. Bovender played various songs, which only added to the coffee house atmosphere during Raleigh Roasts.
As the event began approaching its completion, visitors and vendors alike were surprised at how quickly the time had passed. Many remarked they could not wait until Raleigh Roasts 2020, and with the success and increased interest, this event will be here to stay.