Feel like spending an afternoon watching people design and construct works of art out of cans of soup, bags of beans and boxes of pasta, all while being serenaded by local music, enjoying tasty food truck grub, sipping on some cold North Carolina brew and watching the kiddies play in a kid’s zone?

Luckily for you, on Saturday, October 18th from 2:30-6:30 pm at Durham Central Park, the fourth annual C.F.D. {Creative Food Drive} is taking place. C.F.D. is a one part food drive, one part festival, and eight parts intense competition the likes of which has never been seen.

Created and organized by Durham architecture firm MHAworks, Creative Food Drive has raised over 37,000 pounds of food in the last three years for Housing for New Hope. The competing teams, comprised of Durham businesses, organizations and various small groups, have until the day of the event to raise or purchase food items. On October 18th, they are given 90 minutes to build a sculpture out of the packaged food items. These sculptures are then judged by a panel of key Durham representatives, including the City of Durham’s Mayor Bill Bell (talk about pressure!).

The community also gets to throw their vote in the hat with the People’s Choice Award.

This year’s music lineup will take you through a sweet transition, starting with the americana folk revival of Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends, to the indie rock/blues of Dark Water Rising, and ending with dynamic funk by Outside Soul. Pack that in with food trucks, Carolina Brewery, and a kid’s zone with pumpkin painting and a bouncy castle, and this local festival gets the creative juices flowing and strengthens Durham.

I know, with all of these incredible puzzle pieces that form this for-the-greater-good Saturday, what’s the cost? How fortunate for you, as it’s completely free to attend. So bring your families, friends, folding chairs and a few cans from your cupboards.

See you there, Durham!