2018 NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
(see also: 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013)
May 1-5, 2018
NC Strawberry Festival
Chadbourn, North Carolina
Celebrate Chadbourn's claim as the "Strawberry Capital of the World"--a traditional family event for over 75 years. Come join in the fun with a parade, pageant queens, live entertainment, bands, clowns, hot air baloons, and strawberry shortcake galore.
May 3-6, 2018
Savor Blowing Rock - Blowing Rock, North Carolina
A celebration of wine, craft beer, fine cuisine and entertainment.
May 4-5, 2018 37th Annual BBQ Festival on the Neuse
Kinston, North Carolina
Non-stop activities, entertainment and the best BBQ in North Carolina. The Largest BBQ Cookoff Festival in North Carolina.
May 4-6, 2018 Asheville Herb Festival - Asheville, North Carolina
WNC Farmers Market. This long-running festival celebrates its 29th year. This is the largest festival of its kind in the Southeast. Not only can you find every type of garden and cooking herb imaginable, you can also see how herbs are transformed into medicines, salves, balms, soaps and teas. Attendance: 35,000.
May 5, 2018 - Celebrity Chef Tour - Asheville, North Carolina
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs
May 5, 2018 34th Annual Ham & Yam Festival
Smithfield, North Carolina
Held every year the first weekend in May, the festival features an open cooking contest using either hams or yams in casseroles, desserts or main dishes. There are also hundreds of arts and craft booths, music, entertainment, children’s games, carnival rides, agricultural exhibits and special events.
May 5, 2018
The Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival
Cary, North Carolina
Join us for our annual Bacchanalian faimily day of fun. Over 220 Wines, Over 20 Wineries, Great Live Music and Wonderful Food and Crafts
May 5-6, 2018 14th 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 two-day 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.
May 11-12, 2018 8th Annual North Carolina Brewers & Music Fest
Huntersville, North Carolina
Presented by Historic Rural Hill, an educational and cultural historic site, the fest features tasting NC's finest craft beers, a day packed full of great music, food, children’s activities, beer education, and a chance to learn about area non-profits.
May 12, 2018 - Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Charlotte, North Carolina
Beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'.
May 12, 2018 Oink & Ale - Leaksville, North Carolina
Kickoff the beginning of summer with a block party style festival featuring beer, live music and the best BBQ in Eden. MillerCoors and Pig Pounder Brewery will supply the brews. Local musicians will be on-site to provide blues, rock and folk tunes.
May 13, 2018 - MOTHER'S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.
May 17-20, 2018 6th 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.
May 18-20, 2018 North Carolina Potato Festival
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Largest Family Festival in Northeastern North Carolina, celebrating one of the area’s largest crops. Fun, Food and Entertainment in downtown Elizabeth City, the “Harbor of Hospitality”. Little Miss Tater Tot Contest, National Potato Peeling Contest, Food, Street Fair, Live Entertainment, Rides, Games and Much More. Over 25,000 in attendance. Come and Stay All Day! Attendance: 25,000.
May 18-20, 2018 Got To Be NC Festival - Raleigh, North Carolina
Join your friends and family for three great days of down-home celebration North Carolina-style at the Got to Be NC Festival at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Gate Admission and Parking are FREE! North Carolina food companies, breweries and wineries will be sampling and selling some of the most delightful flavors North Carolina has to offer at the Homegrown Marketplace, presented by Lowes Foods. Admission into the Homegrown Marketplace is $3, but you'll receive $2 in Lowes Bucks to spend inside the Marketplace! Attendance: 125,000.
May 19, 2018 17th Annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival
Elkin, North Carolina
North Carolina's Best Wine All In One Place. Looking to try several North Carolina wines without having to drive back and forth across the beautiful countryside of the Yadkin Valley? We are the best source for North Carolina wine when you are looking to try the Yadkin Valley's finest. We hope you'll come visit us at this years Yadkin Valley Wine Festival. It's wine, food, crafts, great music and more!
May 19, 2018 17th Annual Roanoke-Chowan Pork Fest
Murfreesboro, North Carolina
Culinary Judging of the 20 Cooking Teams for Prizes by Professional Judges Licensed by the North Carolina Pork Council. BBQ Meal under the Big Top, Strawberry Shortcake, Children's Games,
May 19, 2018 - Beer & Bacon Fest - Cary, North Carolina
The Festival is an ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE extravaganza complete with the best craft beers for your tasting pleasure…..paired with the food of the Gods: BACON. Guests enjoy a souvenir glass plus 75+ of their favorite international beers and wines paired with delicious bacon dishes. Over 2 tons of gourmet bacons from all over the country will be griddled on-site. The VIP Deck will host specialty tastes and beers throughout the day. The Main Stage will host live music all day along with a Butchering 101 class. All of this plus fun foodie exhibits and so much more! Attendance: 5,000.
May 26, 2018 - Strawberry Festival - Cherokee, North Carolina
Sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA), the Strawberry Festival features fresh berries, delicious recipes, strawberry products, and fun activities for the whole family. Admission is free to the public. Vendor space available.
May 31-June 2, 2018 Annual Gourd Artists Gathering
Cherokee, North Carolina
Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Featuring exquisitely crafted gourd art, this year’s Cherokee Gourd Artists Gathering brings together collectors and exhibiting artists for a weekend of live demonstrations, classes, competitions and a spectacular art market offering stunning works of gourd art, materials, tools and supplies. Come see how an inexpensive, traditionally utilitarian component of the Cherokee household is transformed into a piece of artwork!