2019 NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 2019
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
(see also: 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013)
May 2-5, 2019
Savor Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
A celebration of wine, craft beer, fine cuisine and entertainment. The 2019 edition of SAVOR Blowing Rock includes moving Saturday's Grand Tasting to Main Street, which will now be called, "Vintner's Village". 2019 will also feature an expanded range of demonstrations, seminars, live music and events that showcase our area and it's connection to food and beverage.
May 3-4, 2019 38th 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 3-5, 2019 Asheville Herb Festival - Asheville, North Carolina
WNC Farmers Market. This long-running festival celebrates its 30th 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 4, 2019 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. At the center of the event is an epic food truck competition – which Oskar Blues has dubbed a Truck-OFF – with more than 15 trucks competing for $2,000 in prize money. The best part of the Truck-OFF? You are the judge. With the purchase of a ‘judges ticket’ for $65, festival-goers will taste a special menu item from each food truck. Then, after stuffing their faces with the best mobile-kitchen creations imaginable, judges vote on which truck deserves to take home the title of “Truck-OFF Grand Champion” plus some cold, hard cash. Just want to enjoy the day without responsibilities? General admission tickets are available for $30. 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.
May 4, 2019
35th 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 9-10, 2019 Thrive NC - Raleigh, North Carolina
The festival will feature more than 60 of the area’s best restaurants serving food and drink samples. Live entertainment, including chef demonstrations and music, will also highlight the night. Cost: $30 per ticket. All ticket sales proceeds will be donated to local non-profits that address food insecurity in our community.
May 10-11, 2019 9th 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 11, 2019 4th Annual 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 12, 2019 - MOTHER'S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.
May 16-19, 2019 7th 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 17-19, 2019 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 17-19, 2019 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 18, 2019 18th 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 18, 2019 18th 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, and more.
May 24 - June 1, 2019
Asheville Beer Week
Asheville, North Carolina
Celebrating everything craft beer-related in the Western North Carolina region.
May 30-June 1, 2019
16th Annual Cherokee 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!
2018 NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
events waiting for new dates
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 5, 2018 - Celebrity Chef Tour - Asheville, North Carolina
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs
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.