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October 9-13, 2017
National School Lunch Week
School Nutrition Association.

October 14, 2017
World Beer Festival--Durham
Durham, North Carolina
Presented by All About Beer Magazine, the World Beer Festivals are among the premier beer events in the country, with sampling of beers from over 100 breweries, education, and the best local music and food. Part of the proceeds will benefit a local cause.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
events still waiting for new dates

October 1, 2016 - Taste Carolina Wine Festival - Colfax, North Carolina
Nothing could be finer than a late summer day filled with wine tasting, art, crafts and music all day.

October 1, 2016 - 37th Annual Sonker Festival - Mt. Airy, North Carolina
Don't know what sonker is? Then come to this annual festival and find out how delicious this deep dish fruit pie can be! Old-time and bluegrass music, quilt display, weacing, Scottish heritage, sonker, beverages, coffee. Presented by the Surry County Historical Society.

October 1, 2016  Brushy Mountain Apple Festival
North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
This festival pays tribute to the fruit grown and harvested each fall by apple orchardists from Northwestern North Carolina. Local apple growers set up throughout the festival selling their apples, apple cider, and dried apples. Over 425 arts & crafts vendors highlighting Appalachian heritage crafts, 100 food concessions, and four music stages.  Attendance: 160,000

October 1, 2016  Pork Jam BBQ Festival - Pelham, North Carolina
Vendors, craftsman, artist, food vendors will be on site this year from all over the state! Plan to join us for this one day event which benefits the Pelham Volunteer Fire Department! The firemen and women will be busy fixing BBQ, Stew, and desserts! Come hungry and plan to take part of the festivities! We will have Inflatables, Games, Special Appearances, Raffles, Giveaways, Hay Rides, Petting Zoo, Face Painters, and other activities for the children! Come dunk one of the firemen in the dunking booth!   Also, Live performances throughout the day featuring Beach, Country, Rock, and gospel music! This is one show you do not want to miss! We expect over 2,000 people to be in attendance!  **Want to be a vendor?  Vendor spaces (non food) are only $25** Email us at for more information.


October 1, 2016  Annual Charlotte Oktoberfest - Charlotte, No Carolina
Charlotte Oktoberfest postponed until 2017.

October 2, 2016  9th Annual Amazing Pepper Festival
Abundance, North Carolina
Abundance North Carolina presents The Annual Amazing Pepper Festival!  PepperFest is a celebration of sustainable agriculture, farmers, and the creativity of the Piedmont’s chefs, brewers and artisans.  It’s an outdoor event held at the best time of year in North Carolina, in the middle of a large green park in Chapel Hill’s Briar Chapel neighborhood.  Around 1300+ folks come out to enjoy the music and revelry and fill up on delicious pepper-themed dishes.  Walk along and eat samples of all sorts of gourmet, local food into which the 24 of the best chefs of the central Piedmont have incorporated all types of locally grown peppers…some sweet, some hot, some smoky. (Also: )

October 7-8, 2016 - North Carolina Poultry Jubilee
Rose Hill, North Carolina
The North Carolina Poultry Jubilee is a celebration of an industry, a people, and a way of life that helps keep North Carolina economically strong and a wonderful place to live, work, and play.

October 8-9, 2016  62nd Annual Swansboro Mullet Festival
Swansboro, North Carolina
This annual event includes a parade, music, vendors, arts & crafts, kids' area and of course a mullet fry.

October 13-23, 2016  North Carolina State Fair - Raleigh, North Carolina
Come and enjoy "Nothing Could Be Finer"--concerts, livestock displays and competitions, antique farm machinery, flower & garden show, miniature farm for children, village of yesteryear, "buy local, eat local" tent, and much more!  Attendance: 1 million.

October 14-15, 2016  Mush, Music, Mutts - Shelby, North Carolina
The Official State of North Carolina Fall Liver Mush Festival.  Brew Fest & Chili Cook off.  Join in the fun with a traditional food festival that has something for everyone. Of course there is Liver Mush to sample, with a variety of preparations and choices.  Live Music; LIver Mush; Pet Activities; Little Miss Liver Mush Pageant; Pumpkin Painting; Human Hamster Wheel; Liver Mush Eating Contest; Beer and Wine Garden; much more!

October 15, 2016  13th Annual Yadkin Valley Grape Festival
Yadkinville, North Carolina
Wine tasting, motorcycle tour of the vineyards and chili cook-off.

October 15, 2016  Apple Harvest Festival - Waynesville, North Carolina
Juried Arts & Crafts - Live Entertainment - Local Merchants - Great Food.  More to do and always great fun! The one-day festival has grown into the region’s premier juried arts and crafts event and celebration of all things apple. Waynesville NC, nestled in the Smoky Mountains, is the perfect spot to enjoy a glorious fall day filled with fun. This year’s festival will feature exhibitors, live entertainment and great food. Come, and be among the crowd of more than 40,000 festival goers strolling the street!  Take home a peck of locally grown apples from the county apple growers association.

October 15, 2016  Outer Banks Seafood Festival
Nag's Head, North Carolina
The event features top draw entertainment mixed with great cooking of fresh, local seafood, a bit of education and storytelling about the region’s fishing heritage, cooking demonstrations, local craftspeople and a whole lot of family fun. Nearly 20 local restaurants have committed to serve their signature dishes featuring fish and seafood caught along the Outer Banks – resulting in an unmatched “fusion-style” (small portion sizes) sampling from some of the best restaurants on the beach.

October 15, 2016  Taylorsville Apple Festival
Taylorsville, North Carolina
The festival provides a fantastic assortment of entertainment, food and vendors. In honor of the Apple there are an apple peeling contest, an apple dessert contest, an apple theme booth decorating contest, and of course lots of apple vendors from which to buy cider, a large variety of bagged apples, etc.  Attendance: 35,000.

October 15-16, 2016  36th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
The coastal waters of Brunswick County produce an abundance of oysters and each year 30,000 people pay homage to the mighty mollusk at this annual event, which includes live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, festival food, a road race, kids' area, oyster shucking and an oyster stew cook-off.

October 15-22, 2016  NC Yam Festival - Tabor City, North Carolina
This agricultural festival includes a yam cook-off, yam exhibits, parade, Taste of Tabor, fire fighter competition, sweet potato auction, kids' area, arts & crafts and many more activities.

October 22, 2016  20th Annual Pumpkinfest - Franklin, North Carolina
You'll need your rest as Saturday's events bring new challenges and fun for everyone. Historic Downtown Franklin is full tilt with everything pumpkin on Saturday. Bring your pumpkin (or purchase one downtown) and sign up early for the World Famous Pumpkin Roll. The Costume Parade and Contest is another highlight of the day, but don't miss out on the great food, mountain arts & crafts, and entertainment including roving street performers.

October 22, 2016  33rd Annual Barbecue Festival
Lexington, North Carolina
Lexington - 'The Barbecue Capital of the World' - The largest one day food festival in NC. Crowds average over 100,000 every year. Crafts, entertainment, childrens area, and the best BBQ in the world!



events still waiting for new dates

October 3, 2015  Wake Forest Bull Burger Battle
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Just in time for tailgate season, the 6th Bull Burger Battle will be held, in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where the only thing that’s more important that football, is food! And who doesn’t love a big, juicy burger to enjoy while watching the big game? Join us at Choice Pool and Spa for cooking tips from the pros, an intense burger competition, and fun for the entire family!

October 17, 2015  Bull Burger Battle - Wake Forest, North Carolina
Just in time for tailgate season, the 6th Bull Burger Battle will be held, in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where the only thing that’s more important that football, is food! And who doesn’t love a big, juicy burger to enjoy while watching the big game? Join us at Choice Pool and Spa for cooking tips from the pros, an intense burger competition, and fun for the entire family!

October 17, 2015  2nd annual Triangle Vegfest - Raleigh, North Carolina
There's a bigger turnout expected this year for the 2nd annual Triangle Vegfest, so the venue has moved to Moore Square/City Market in downtown Raleigh.  There's something for everyone as visitors celebrate healthy, vegan lifestyles: local food, numerous vendors of vegan products (local, regional and national), local area non-profits, food demos, live music and expert speakers.


2012 NORTH CAROLINA - October 2012

events still waiting for new dates

October ??, 2012  Taste of Durham Festival - Durham, North Carolina
Festival takes a hiatus till we can find an appropriate venue.

October 20, 2012  Lake Norman Wine & Food Festival - Cornelius, NC
Taste over 60 different wines from a dozen wineries and sample some of the region's best food, while helping support three deserving charities. Includes wine lectures and cooking demonstrations.


2011 NORTH CAROLINA - October 2011
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

October 15, 2011  Raleigh Restaurant and Art Gallery Tour - Raleigh, NC
Taste Carolina and Art Gallery Tours NC team up for this special event.



events still waiting for new dates

October 3, 2009  The Asheville Tourists Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville Tourists will host a Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off at McCormick Field, featuring more than 30 different styles of chili, live music from three bands, and affordable fun for the whole family. Tickets will be available at the McCormick Field box office as well as




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