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2023 NORTH CAROLINA - November & December
Food Festivals, and Other Food, Wine & Beer Events

(see also: 2020  -  2019  -  2017  -  2016  -  2015)


November 3-4, 2023
North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival
Whiteville, North Carolina
Columbus Cooks Pecan Cooking Contest - New format this year ... Emphasis on our young cooks! - Entertainment - Super Duper Kid's Block - Tri Beach Cruisers Car Show - N.C. Pecan Growers Educational Stations - Art Show - Antique Tractor Show - Great Festival Food - Pecans Galore!

November 4, 2023 - Whiskey Wine & Fire - Charlotte, North Carolina
This exclusive foodie celebration will feature: Whiskey Bars, Elegant Wines & Cocktails, Great Music, Tented Food Stations, Food Trucks, & Restaurants and Intimate Firepits throughout. Relax Around the Fire Gardens and enjoy an inspired take on fire-kissed BBQ, specialty grilling, and drink pairings. Enjoy the firebreathers and artists set the night ablaze. Please dress appropriately, the event is outdoors.

November 4, 2023  20th Annual Statesville Pumpkin Fest
Statesville, North Carolina
Come and join us for the annual festival with three stages of entertainment, over 60 art & craft exhibitors, a variety of tantalizing food booths, cornhole tournament, 5K run, skateboard races, rides and activities such as pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, and pumpkin pie eating contest.

November 4-5, 2023  81st Annual NC Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival
Raleigh, North Carolina
North Carolina Gourd Society.  Gourds from around the world and from our own backyards. Displays of historic and exotic gourds. Meet crafters and growers who can teach you how to turn a moldy gourd straight from the garden into an object of lasting beauty. On sale will be gourds, gourd craft, supplies and seeds.  NC State Fairgrounds.

November 9-19, 2023  Southern Christmas Show
Charlotte, North Carolina
The Park Expo and Conference Center.  Every stop offers magic, shopping and fun. Your journey begins at Olde Towne with tall trees, tempting treats, tiny houses, and toe-tapping entertainment. Next comes North Carolina wines, Regional artists, Gifts for you and yours.  It’s Christmas at every turn.

November 17, 2023  Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration
Raleigh, North Carolina
The Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration, produced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) in partnership with the City of Raleigh, draws thousands of people to the downtown area. As a kickoff to the winter season with a giant inflatable slide, a visit from Santa, a Gingerbread House competition and of course the Mayor's Official Tree Lighting ceremony, the event creates memorable experiences for downtown Raleigh visitors.

November 23, 2023 - THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events today they are to numerous to list.


November 25 & December 2, 2023  Winter Wonderland
Franklin, North Carolina
Winter Wonderland is held on the consecutive Saturdays after Thanksgiving.  The holidays are a special time for us in Franklin, North Carolina and we invite you to join with us for this most wonderful time of year during Winter Wonderland!  Historic Downtown Franklin is transformed into a "Winter Wonderland" featuring: living window displays of Christmas & the Holidays, live sounds of the season outdoors at the downtown gazebo and inside stores, FREE wagon rides (weather permitting), refreshments, hot cider, great sales from downtown merchants and much more.

November 27-January 2, 2024, 2023  31st Annual National Gingerbread House Competition & Display - Asheville, North Carolina
The Omni Grove Park Inn.  The time has finally arrived for the Annual National Gingerbread House Competition in2023!  After the judging and the awards ceremony are over, the display will be set up throughout the hotel and will be open for viewing from November 27, 2023 through January 2, 2024.

December 31, 2023  New Year's Celebration at Half-Mile Farm
Highlands, North Carolina
Toast to 2023 and ring in 2024 at the picturesque Half-Mile Farm on the outskirts of downtown Highlands, NC.

December 31, 2023  New Year's Eve Pickle Drop
Mt. Olive, North Carolina
Mt. Olive Pickle Company hosts an annual New Year's Eve Pickle Drop.  For 20 years, Mt. Olive Pickle has marked New Year’s Eve with the Pickle Drop in our hometown of Mount Olive, NC. Since the first public event in 2001, we’ve held a canned food drive, asking those who attend to bring donations of food or funds.

2020 NORTH CAROLINA - November & December
Food Festivals, and Other Food, Wine & Beer Events
waiting for new dates

November -, 2020  Annual Ashville Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
Food Truck Festivals of America.  Featuring 25+ local (and delicious) food trucks. Also enjoy some of the best regional and national craft beers.

November 7-8, 2020  Annual NC Spot Festival
Hampstead, North Carolina
Celebrating the Spot fish, a staple of Hampstead. Enjoy a spot dinner with all the fixings along with other regional food, plus a firework celebration on Saturday night. Come out both days and take pleasure in the festivities, including arts and crafts and live music with the crowning of our Spot Queen and Princess on Sunday.

2019 NORTH CAROLINA - November & December
Food Festivals, and Other Food, Wine & Beer Events
waiting for new dates

November 21, 2019  Taste of Asheville - Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville Independent Restaurants.  The 2019 Taste of Asheville, presented by Mission Health, will bring together over forty of Asheville’s best restaurants for tastings and samplings of old favorites and new creations.

November 29-30, 2019  Wilson County Fair Farm Toy Show
Wilson, North Carolina
At the Wilson County Fairgrounds, 2331 Hwy. 301 S. Show hours are Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For more info call (252) 237-8443.

2017 NORTH CAROLINA - November & December
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
waiting for new dates

November 11, 2017 - Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event
Greensboro, North Carolina

December 10, 2017 - Bull City Holiday Food & Wine Soirée
Durham, North Carolina
The 3rd annual Bull City Holiday Food & Wine Soirée will be December 10th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Rickhouse in Durham.  As Durham’s only holiday food and wine market, over 30 local NC food and wine producers will be sampling and selling their wonderful products for holiday gifts as well as opportunities to place orders for parties, baskets and stocking stuffers.  This event is free to the public over the age of 21.

December 15-16, 2017 - Old Fashioned Christmas
Taylorsville, North Carolina
We will be having Ice Skating all day, Polar Express Train rides, Carriage Rides, a Live Nativity, Manger Petting Zoo, Christmas Shopping all day in our Angel Christmas Market, a Winter Wonderland with Santa vacationing here in Taylorsville, NC for the day... before his big trip around the world.

December 31, 2017 - Clay's Corner Possum Drop
Brasstown, North Carolina
We have retired & closed our store.

December 31, 2017 - New Year's Eve Pickle Drop
Mt. Olive, North Carolina
Mt. Olive Pickle Company hosts an annual New Year's Eve Pickle Drop, held at the Corner of Cucumber & Vine at 7 p.m. (midnight Greenwich Mean Time.) The celebrations include pickle polka dancing and of course, pickles to crunch on.


2016 NORTH CAROLINA - November & December
waiting for new dates

November 4-5, 2016  Hog Happnin' - Shelby, North Carolina
Many activities including BBQ competition, entertainment, arts & crafts and car & cycle show.


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

waiting for new dates

November 18-22, 2015 - Music To Your Mouth Festival
Lake James, North Carolina
Music to Your Mouth returns for a ninth helping of tastes, tunes, and tonics. And a completely new style.  We’re flipping the food festival model on its head and getting back to what it means to truly celebrate place and people with the same commitment to amazing food, drinks, and music.  We’ve scoured the south, seeking the best and brightest chefs and artisans. Along the way we discovered new names in Southern cooking, uncovered old-school recipes, and were surprised by both the simplicity and the complexity of the southern food scene.  We’ll invite back some familiar faces, and introduce some new folks to the mix for a memorable weekend no one wants to miss.



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