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There are lots of fun things to do this weekend. You can go to two different tomato festivals at local farmers markets or drink beer to help the oil spill recovery effort.

Here are the details:

  • From 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Aviator Brewing Company is holding a special release party for its Black Belgian IPA at its Fuquay-Varina brewery. Each pint of the new IPA cost $5 and $2 of each beer will go directly to the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, which is helping with the clean up efforts of animals affected by the Gulf Coast oil spill. All other beers costs $4 a pint and $1 will be donated to the Florida Aquarium.
  • From 8 a.m.-Noon Saturday is the 13th annual tomato day at the Carrboro Farmers' Market. There will be tomato tastings, tomato recipes, live music and face paintings. (If you have never been to the market, this would be a fun family excursion.)The market is located next to Carrboro Town Hall at 301 W. Main St.
  • 8 a.m.-Noon Saturday, the Eno River Farmers' Market in downtown Hillsborough is hosting its TomatoFest. The fest features 57 varieties of tomatoes, various tastings, recipes, cooking, canning and storage tips.
  • Don't forget the Ridgeway Cantaloupe Festival is10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It's sort of a small town festival with the typical smoked turkey legs and funnel cakes but celebrating Ridgeway's former status as the melon shipping capital of the East Coast. Click HERE for details on the Ridgeway Historical Society website.
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Andrea Weigl has been the food writer at The News & Observer since the summer of 2007. She has won a handful of awards from the Association of Food Journalists and the Society for Features Journalism. Her profile of chef Ashley Christensen titled "A Force of Nature" will be published in the sixth edition of "Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing." She is serving a three-year term on the James Beard Foundation book awards committee. Follow her on Twitter at @andreaweigl.