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2016 NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
(see also: 2015 - 2014 - 2013)

April 26-May 1, 2016  Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend 2016 - Charlotte, N. Carolina
April 27-May 1, 2016  Beaufort Wine & Food - Beaufort, North Carolina
April 29-May 1, 2016  Asheville Herb Festival - Asheville, North Carolina


 

May 3-7, 2016
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 5-8, 2016 - 4th 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 6-7, 2016  Vanceboro Strawberry Festival & Rescue Day
Vanceboro, North Carolina
Truck loads of strawberries will be available and there will be a fruit-filled menu--from strawberry funnel cakes to strawberry pies. Live entertainment, a pageant, parade, crafts, food vendors and rides. Benefits the Vanceboro Rescue Squad.

May 6-7, 2016  35th Annual BBQ Festival on the Neuse 2016
Kinston, North Carolina
Non-stop activities, entertainment and the best BBQ in North Carolina.  The Largest BBQ Cookoff Festival in North Carolina.

May 6-7, 2016  6th 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 7, 2016  Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival - Charlotte, North Carolina
Beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'.

May 7, 2016  Annual Gastonia Grizzlies Ballpark Beer Fest
Gastonia, North Carolina
Over 135 beers, unlimited sampling, cornhole tournament & live music.

May 7, 2016  32nd 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 8, 2016  MOTHER'S DAY 2016 - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

 

May 14, 2016  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 14, 2016  SoulFood Festival - Charlotte, North Carolina

May 14, 2016  Oink & Ale - Eden, 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 20-22, 2016  Got To Be NC Festival - Raleigh, North Carolina
Dozens of North Carolina food companies and wineries will be sampling and selling some of the most delightful flavors NC has to offer. Held at the NC State Fairgrounds.  Attendance: 125,000.

May 20-22, 2016  North Carolina Potato Festival
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Growing to 3 Days!  Largest Family Festival in Northeastern North Carolina.  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 21, 2016  15th 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 21, 2016  Carolina Donut Festival - Marion, North Carolina
Come out for food and fun in downtown Marion with the 1st Annual Carolina Donut Festival, hosted by our own Mr. Bob's Donuts.  Enjoy a variety of "doughy" goodness, games, music and more!

 

May 28, 2016  Beer City Beer Festival - Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville Brewers Alliance teams up with the folks from Brewgrass for the festival to be held in downtown Asheville at Roger Mcguire Green.

May 28, 2016  Mayfest Blues and BBQ - Mocksville, North Carolina
RayLen Vineyards and Winery.

May 28, 2016  Annual Battle of the Barbeque - Henrico, North Carolina
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT.  BBQ cooked all night and judged and sold on Saturday Mary 28, 2016
 

 

2015 NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 2015
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

May 17, 2015  Taste of Hickory - Hickory, North Carolina
Get a sneak preview of Hickory’s newest fine dining establishment, Fourk, or enjoy international delicacies from Marina’s Taste of Europe; enjoy desserts that melt in your mouth, Carolina craft beers and wines, or sweet tea while you listen to lively music sung by Ulysses Long, who appeared on America’s Got Talent.  Chefs and students serve as food and drink jurors for the Taste of Hickory – competition is tough because all the food and drinks are delicious. Tickets are $25 in advance, which includes food, drinks, a glass and parking.
 

 

2014 NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

May 2-4, 2014  Smoke in the Valley country music, folk art & BBQ Festival
Morganton, North Carolina
Smoke inthe Valley is a country music, folk art and BBQ festival.  The festival includes weekend camping and two days of racing too. Food and folk art vendors please contact us....we want you.

May 10, 2014  U.S. Open Annual Homebrew Competition
Charlotte, North Carolina
A Carolina BrewMaster competition.

May 16-17, 2014  Dairy Goat Festival & Parade 2014
Spindale, North Carolina
CANCELED FOR 2014  While we had hoped to be able to produce a bigger, better event for 2014, it is simply not feasible at this time. Many thanks go out to all who have supported and participated in the festival and show in the past. Together, we made 3 of the town's largest events happen and made memories that cannot be taken away.   The future of this event is uncertain at this time.

May 24-25, 2014  NC Hops and Roots Fest - Pittsboro, North Carolina
A festival celebrating our local craft breweries, vineyards, food, farms, and music!

May 31-June 1, 2014  Ole Smokey Tractor Club Spring Farm Fest
Maggie Valley, North Carolina
Antique tractor show, auction and parade.
 

 

2013 NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 2013
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

May 17-18, 2013  31st Annual Hillsborough Hog Day - Hillsborough, NC
CANCELED EFFECTIVE 2014.  The Board of Directors of the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that it was cancelling the Chamber’s Annual Hillsborough Hogg Day event, effective immediately.

May 18, 2013  Strawberry Festival - Cherokee, North Carolina
Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

May 25-26, 2013  5th Annual Banner Elk Herb Festival - Banner Elk, NC
At the Historic Banner Elk Elementary School, the Herb Festival offers a vast selection of herbs you're not going to find anywhere else. There will be well over 5,000 herb plants for sale, a fantastic fragrant “sea of herbs. All the herb plants are organic and planted in biodegradable pots.  About 60 vendors sell their products at the festival. In addition to herbs, arts, crafts and food items will be available. Attendees can purchase pottery, fine art, portrait photography, goat cheese and homemade herb bread to name just a few items.   A “kid zone” includes a petting zoo, old-fashioned games, spin art, a putt-putt course and a dunking booth where festivalgoers can dunk a fireman.  The festival raises money for the volunteer firefighters of Banner Elk. Attendees can purchase a Banner Elk Community Supporter Sticker for any amount, and all proceeds go to the firefighters.

 

 

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