Meet designer Tamara Day, host of HGTV & Magnolia Network’s Bargain Mansions at the Fresh Ideas Stage on Friday at 2pm and Saturday at 12pm and 2pm where she'll share her expert advice on Home Updates for a Bargain!

Tamara is in her fourth season of restoring neglected Kansas City homes on Bargain Mansions. When Tamara is not in front of the camera, she is committed to her family, design business, and retail store, Growing Days, Located in Kansas City. Her style, coined "Laid Back Luxe," is synonymous with blending glamour, comfort, and family into the spaces she designs – something she personally prioritizes. As a busy mother of four, Tamara believes homes should be both beautiful and low maintenance because life is stressful enough.

Click here for Tamara's appearance times and a full list of presentations on the Fresh Ideas Stage, sponsored by Mitchell Heating & Cooling! Stage décor provided by Haverty's. A/V sponsored in part by Tech Factory Productions.


Springtime calls for outdoor food and fun; we've got yard games and food trucks for your enjoyment! Visit the Food Trucks & Fun Courtyard located between the Expo and Graham buildings on Friday from 10am - 7pm, Saturday from 10am - 7pm and Sunday from 11am - 5pm for local eats.

Check out the food truck links below for menus. Tents sponsored by King Canopy, yard games sponsored by Triangle Lawn Games, and picnic tables are available in the courtyard!

Friday Food Truck Lineup:
Pana's Flavors (Empanadas, Arepas, Vegan Options) 10am - 7pm
MoonRunners (BBQ) 10am - 2pm
Chicken Shack South (Hot & Mild Chicken) 2pm - 7pm 

Saturday Food Truck Lineup:
Chicken Shack South (Hot & Mild Chicken) 10am - 7pm
MoonRunners (BBQ) 10am - 2pm
Mad Batter Bakery (Sweets) 2pm - 7pm 

Sunday Food Truck Lineup:
Pana's Flavors (Empanadas, Arepas, Vegan Options) 11am - 5pm
Flattz Food Truck (Flatbread Sandwiches) 11am - 5pm

Basketball star Phil Ford holds a basketball in UNC coach's uniform

UNC Basketball Legend Phil Ford

Courtesy of exhibitors, The Good Feet Store - Raleigh, we have a special guest speaker! Former UNC Chapel Hill All-Star, NBA player and Olympic Basketball Gold Medalist, Phil Ford, will bring his inspirational story and life lessons to our Fresh Ideas Stage, where he will present Stepping Through Adversity On and Off the Court and take your Q&A! Saturday, April 15th, 2023 only at 1pm on our Fresh Ideas Stage in the Graham building (booth 301), followed by a meet and greet in The Good Feet Store's exhibit space (booth 540).


Check out the Fresh Ideas Stage for advice from experts in interior design, gardening, home improvement and more! Plan your trip to include a stop at the stage for a presentation or demonstration that will inform and inspire.

Click here for a complete lineup of times and topics. Located in the Graham Building, booth 301. The Fresh Ideas Stage is sponsored by Mitchell Heating & Cooling! Stage décor provided by Haverty's. A/V sponsored in part by Tech Factory Productions.


Be sure to stop by Majestic Outdoors, RB Landscaping, and COVIS Raleigh's booths when you visit this year's show! Their outdoor experts will inspire you with ideas on landscaping, hardscaping, and outdoor living ideas that are relaxing and inviting. Create the backyard of your dreams! Located throughout the Jim Graham Building.

Show Entrance Decor Provided by: RB Landscaping

Make It, Take It Workshop

Bring the kids and enjoy hands-on creativity with FREE process art crafting, sponsored by local art studio Hello Yellow. Drop in all three days of the show during workshop hours (12pm-4pm daily) and make an art project to take home with you. Located in the Graham building, booth 610.

Ask A Master Gardener

Spring is here; let's get growing! Whether you're a novice gardener or an experienced green thumb, there's always something new to learn each season in our yards. NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Wake County will be ready to take your questions in booth 737. They bring a mountain of resources to the show on native plants, bees, soil testing, and much more! Their experts will be speaking throughout the weekend on our Fresh Ideas Stage; click here for the schedule and plan your visit.


A pop-up picnic is a fun way to celebrate the special moments in your life: an intimate proposal, a romantic date, a girls' day out, milestone birthday celebration, or simply hanging out with friends and family. Come experience professionally curated picnic displays at the show and get inspired to plan your next luxury outing. Visit La'Breeze Luxury Picnics and Sweet T Picnics in the Graham building!


The Shopping Marketplace

Stop by The Shopping Marketplace and shop unique finds for your home and flavors for your pantry with décor, gifts, spices, tea, sauces, pet treats and more. Located in the Graham building.