Hickory – Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (GHCCM) and the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market (DHFM) announce their partnership to host the 6th Annual Farm to Fork fundraiser. As stated by Linda Wade, GHCCM Director of Development, “This year we are thrilled to announce that the event will return to in-person. Thus, the theme for this year is Farm to Fork, Returning to Our Roots”.

The public is invited to join GHCCM and DHFM on Saturday, September 10, 5:00pm – 9:00pm at Hart Square, Sigmon Family Education Center, 5055 Hope Rd, Vale, NC. Beth Rogers, Farm to Fork Committee member, describes the event as follows “The evening will embrace the definition of ‘fun’: “enjoyment, amusement and lighthearted pleasure”, featuring local foods, games, guest musical entertainment, a bourbon giveaway, a bourbon tasting and an opportunity to take home a sunflower wreath full of scratch-off lottery tickets. Plus, the Chef, Ben Sullivan, will provide a down-home meal with a “gourmet twist” using local meats and produce from the DHFM.”

Entertainment will include Sarah Siskind and local musician and song writer, Liam Bailey, with Two Bird Stone. Award-winning singer/songwriter Sarah Siskind and fellow North Carolina Americana group Two Bird Stone bring their original material together for an evening of unforgettable music. Using the name “Modern Appalachia” to frame the marriage of traditional and progressive takes on the sound of their region, their stories in song span the spectrum from heartfelt ballads to full on electric rock. In referring to the band, Two Bird Stone, Newsweek is quoted saying, “Torchbearers of Americana…with rootsy instrumentation and timeless melodies”.

Tickets for the event are $75 per person. Each ticket includes Chef Ben’s locally sourced meal, 1 complimentary signature beverage plus an additional beverage ticket, live music, games and raffles. There is plentiful parking at Hart Square or round-trip bus transportation at $10 per person is available and advance registration is necessary. Adult beverages are available at $5 per drink.

To purchase tickets online, go to www.ccmhickory.org, by phone, 828-323-7902. Deadline for ticket purchases is Sept. 5. The event benefits and supports the mission of both organizations, GHCCM and DHFM: offering Hope Help and Healing for All in most need and offering fresh, locally grown foods and produce to area residents.
Chef Ben Sullivan