About WellFest


WellFest’s mission is to foster a community invested in wellness by supporting health providers in the Triangle area. WellFest accomplishes this goal by connecting attendees with local wellness professionals and creating safe spaces for educational experiences and conversations.

WellFest is produced by Shannon Media, Inc. - the parent company of Heart of NC Weddings Durham Magazine, Chapel Hill Magazine and Chatham Magazine. WellFest partners with the Durham Tech Foundation to fund student scholarships.

Since WellFest’s launch in 2019, the multi-day event has moved from downtown Durham to a virtual platform due to COVID-19. WellFest’s purpose is to celebrate the City of Medicine by introducing community members to local wellness opportunities. Each WellFest class supports one or more of the five pillars of wellness: movement, nutrition, motivation, mental health and culture. WellFest’s video collection provides participants with the tools to engage with educational and fitness classes, meditative practices and inspirational stories.

WellFeast offers an interactive virtual cooking class with Kevin Callaghan, chef and owner of Acme Carrboro. The at-home cooking class features dinner for two and a virtual video component created by local farmers and wellness experts. In order to participate, attendees must visit University Kia of Durham & Chapel Hill for contactless pick up of a food cooler and swag bag on Oct. 3 from noon- 3 p.m. With each ticket sold our partners at Hungry Harves will donate 10 pounds of produce to food insecure families within Durham Public School System.


WellFest PLUS

Where/when do I pick up my cooler?

On October 3 you can pick up your cooler at University Kia located at 5105 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707 between the hours of noon and 3 pm.  Follow the signs. 

Will the event really be contactless?

Yes. To pick up your WellFest PLUS food cooler, you don’t even have to roll down your window. Visit the University Kia lot located on 15/501 and hold up your ticket or a piece of paper with your name written on it. Pop open your trunk and the WellFest crew will place all of your items into the vehicle.

What will come in my WellFest PLUS food cooler?
  • Food items prepared by Chef Kevin Callaghan
  • Produce from Hungry Harvest
  • Pantry items
  • Recipe cards
  • Swag from our vendors and sponsors to help you lead a healthy life
Do I need special equipment or additional groceries to make the recipes?

All participants will receive an email on Monday, September 28th prior to WellFest with a list of pantry items, utensils and cooking items needed to complete your meal.

What if I’m allergic to something within the WellFest PLUS food cooler?

WellFest PLUS meal is gluten-free. However, the dishes were not prepared in a gluten-free environment, so if you are highly allergic please note that there may have been cross-contamination. WellFest PLUS offers a vegetarian food cooler that attendees can select at ticket purchase.

What if I want to watch the WellFest PLUS video on a different night than Oct. 3?

That’s okay! The video will go live on Oct. 3 at 5:00 p.m. The pre-recorded video gives attendees the flexibility to start, rewind, pause or watch at any time.

Where will I watch the WellFest PLUS cooking class?

From your home. Internet access is required in order to access the video component. We will post the video on WellFestNC.com for you at 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 3.

What if I don’t have internet?

Recipe cards placed inside the food cooler will substitute for video instruction.

How many people will the WellFest PLUS food cooler feed?

Each WellFest PLUS food cooler feeds 2 people.

WellFest Virtual Membership

How do I access WellFest classes?

Register for WellFest to get access to the free class library. Once you’re registered, you can log in and all classes will be unlocked and ready for you to view starting October 4. WellFest PLUS interactive classes are available for purchase at this link.

How do I register for classes?

Register for WellFest PLUS or WellFest Virtual Membership to get access to the free class library. WellFest PLUS interactive classes are available for purchase at this link.

Do I have to RSVP to go to classes?

Only WellFest PLUS interactive classes required advanced registration. The classes offered in the free WellFest Virtual Membership are pre-recorded and can be viewed at any time.

When can I access WellFest classes?

WellFest PLUS ticket holders will receive early access to the WellFest Virtual Membership. Classes will be available to everyone else. on October 4, 2020. Register in advance at any time and be notified when the classes are available to view.

Can I go to multiple WellFest classes?

Absolutely! We hope you’ll attend all of the classes and share them with your friends and family on social media! 

I want to be a WellFest coach.

Please contact [email protected] and send information about your class idea.

I want to sponsor or share swag with your WellFest ticket buyers.

Great! We’d love to talk to you. Email [email protected] for more information.

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