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March 31-April 1, 2023
45th Annual Pig Cookin' Contest
Newport, North Carolina


April 13-16, 2023
51st Annual Grifton Shad Festival
Grifton, North Carolina
The Grifton Shad Festival is one of the most time-honored and longest running festivals in all of North Carolina.  Events include the popular Shad Toss, rides, music, dancing, arts and crafts, parade, pet show, flea market, golf tournament, and children's activities.

April 14-15, 2023  Annual Bone Suckin’ Sauce Peak City Pig Fest
Apex, North Carolina
Historic Apex, a community situated at the highest point on the Chatham Railroad between Richmond, VA and Jacksonville FL, hosts the KCBS sactioned BBQ competition. Teams from all over the country will compete for prize money cooking chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pork.  Attendance: 10,000.

April 15, 2023  5th Annual Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival
Manteo, North Carolina
Celebrate Roanoke Island’s history, while sampling 100 wines , local fare, craft beers, live music & an art show.

April 15, 2023  19th Annual Hickory Hops Brewer's Festival
Hickory, North Carolina
The annual festival will feature the handcrafted beers of over 50 microbreweries.

April 15, 2023  1st Annual Seven Springs Wine Festival
Norlina, North Carolina
Seven Springs Farm and Vineyard.

April 19-23, 2023  Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend
Charlotte, North Carolina
The Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend,  attracts guest winemakers and winery owners from all over the world and has grown into one of the largest events of its kind in the Southeast.

April 21-22, 2023  Brewgaloo - Raleigh, North Carolina
Craft Beer, Food Trucks, Live Music, Local Vendors. North Carolina's largest craft beer festival & 2nd biggest in the US! Voted #1 Best Beer Festival two years in a row by USA Today's 10Best!

April 21-23, 2023  Cider, Wine & Dine Weekend
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Henderson County wineries and cideries partnering together to create a signature weekend filled with all things cider, wine and food-related! Activities for the weekend include, of course, enjoying local artisan hard cider, wines and mead, plus lots of food, fire pits, movies, live music, production facility tours, and much more.

April 22-23, 2023  Asheville Artisan Bread Bakers Festival
Asheville, North Carolina
Celebrating local farmers, millers and bakers – the first of its kind in the Southeast -- will feature the talents of five of the most respected bakers in the United States: Lionel Vatinet, Didier Rosada, Peter Reinhart, Dominique Homo, and Harry Peemoeller. This event offers an opportunity for bread enthusiasts and professional bakers to break bread together, to improve their baking skills, share ideas, and network within the artisan bread community.


April 23, 2023  Wilmington VegFest - Wilmington, North Carolina
Legion Sports Complex 11AM – 5PM.

April 27-30, 2023  Beaufort Wine & Food - Beaufort, North Carolina
Blends the best of Beaufort with the expertise of celebrity chefs and some of the best wines from across the globe.

April 29, 2023  Annual North Carolina Pickle Festival
Mount Olive, North Carolina
Eat some pickles. Have fun. See antique cars. Eat some pickles. Take a spin on a carnival ride. Climb a wall. Pet some animals. Eat some pickles. Get your face painted. Buy a T-shirt. Watch the pig races. Eat some pickles. Check out the Harleys. Buy a book. Eat some pickles. Play a round of golf. See the art exhibits. Browse the crafts and food vendors. And did we mention - eat some pickles?

April 29, 2023  Spring Festival at Rocky River Vineyards
Midland, North Carolina
The Spring festival includes local artist, wine tasings and a Fish Fry and ending with great  music from two different bands. The artist will be selling mosaic items, birdbaths, gazing balls, hand beaded jewelry, unique clothing, scarves,gournet canned foods, peach salsa, cranberry pecan spread, purses, sterling silver jewelry, barn wood furniture just to name a few.  The wine tasing will be paired with a few select food items. This event is free enter and open to the public so people come out and enjoy the atmosphere with our great wine. If you are staying for music bring a lawn chair. From 12 :00 AM  to 6:00 PM

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April 30, 2022  Knotts Island Seafood Festival
Knotts Island, North Carolina
Featuring a Low Country Boil, a plate ticket of $30 will include a heaping dinner plate and gate admission. A gate admission ticket of $10 will allow you to choose from one of our other well-known area Food Trucks. Mane Events Cocktails will have specially created beverages available while Sanctuary Vineyards and Outer Banks Distilling also showcase their beverages.  50+ local area vendors will be in attendance showcasing their crafts and products.

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April 11, 2020 - Loaded Up and Truckin' Food Truck-Off and Aural Pleasure Fest - Brevard, North Carolina
Loaded Up and Truckin' is a party, a festival, and a competition to showcase this culture. Food trucks push the culinary boundaries by bringing fresh, innovative, and delicious dishes straight to the people. You've seen food trucks near craft breweries, music venues, trailheads and festivals - Loaded Up and Truckin' brings all of this to one place.  Every food truck will have a full menu available for purchase, so there are plenty of options to peruse while jammin’ to live music and enjoying a beer.

April 29-May 1, 2020  National Country Ham Association Annual Meeting
Our intent is to provide you with an informative array of speakers, topics, and activities at a very reasonable fee. Education is truly a life-long process; and as owners and managers, being informed becomes more critical each year. An added benefit will be the enjoyable fellowship with people in similar businesses.

April 30-May 3, 2020 - 8th Annual Wilmington Wine & Food Festival
Wilmington, North Carolina
Bringing together top area chefs with notable wines and wine makers from around the world to celebrate and advance public appreciation for great wine and food. Don’t miss these exciting events and the opportunity to sample over 200 different wines and beers throughout the weekend paired with scrumptious bites from many of our best locally owned restaurants, caterers, and food trucks! Purchase tickets online or through our many local participating wine shops.  Benefiting the Open Gate Domestic Violence Shelter & The Bellamy Mansion Museum.

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April 5, 2019 - Culinary Stars And Whispering Angel Dinner
Highlands, North Carolina
Some of the most popular women of taste come together at The Farm for a celebration of spring sips and flavors. Chefs Sarah Steffan of “The Dogwood” at Blackberry Farm, Whitney Otawka of “The Greyfield Inn” on Cumberland Island and Chef Jessica Gamble of “KR Steakbar” in Atlanta will create a powerhouse of flavors in this unique event. Paul Chevalier (former winemaker of Champagne Veuve Clicquot and Cloudy Bay) will lead you through the rosé Lifestyle of Saint-Tropez with Château D'Esclans as he presents his distinctive rosés, including the global favorite, Whispering Angel.  It all kicks off with a cocktail hour in the barn, and then moves into the barn pavilion for an evening of live entertainment, a perfectly paired dinner from talented chefs, wine education and fun camaraderie.  $165 per person. Exclusive of taxes and gratuities. Limited seating.  Call 828-787-2635 or 828-787-2620 to book.

April 20, 2019  Sweet Treats of the Carolinas Festival
Marion, North Carolina
The sweetest festival in Western North Carolina is in downtown Marion, covering several blocks of the iconic small town Main Street. In addition to a hundred varieties of donuts, cupcakes, cookies and other pastries, find 150 vendors with crafts, local goods, games and savory food. Burn off some calories with a 5K. Hours are 10 AM-3 PM, and admission is free.

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April 20-21, 2018 - Spring Garden Fair - Cherokee, North Carolina
The annual Spring Garden Fair is a great way to get your garden growing with helpful tips and instruction! Attendees can expect vendors, demonstrations, classes, educational materials, door prizes, and much more. Classes will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. You can also purchase seeds, plants, flowers, seedlings, yard art, etc., so come one, come all, and let’s grow together! Admission is free.


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April 16, 2016  Smoky Mountain Oyster & Seafood Festival
Maggie Valley, North Carolina
SORRY! This event has been cancelled for 2016



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April 18, 2015  Stanly Spring Brew Fest - Albemarle, North Carolina
Celebrate Craft Beer!



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