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October 4, 2014
Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival
Charlotte, North Carolina
Over 200 Wines, Over 20 Wineries, Great Live Music and Wonderful Food and Crafts.

October 11, 2014  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.


October 12-18, 2014  National Bulk Foods Week - Nationwide
The Bulk is Green Council (BIG)

October 13-17, 2014  National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.  'Get in the Game with School Lunch.'

October 18, 2014  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.  (also: )

October 25, 2014  31st Annual Barbecue Festival - Lexington, No 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, children’s area, and the best BBQ in the world!


events still waiting for new dates

October 4-5, 2013  22nd Annual Halifax County Harvest Days
Halifax, North Carolina
The Tri-County Horse Show, Antique Tractors and Tractor Pull, Antique Farm Equipment, Agricultural Museum, Operating 1920's Sawmill, 1920's Rosenwald School, Stationary Peanut Thresher Demo, Children's Games, Farm Animal Exhibits, Food & Craft Vendors, Live Entertainment & much more!!

October 4-5, 2013  Enfield Peanut Festival - Enfield, North Carolina
Come celebrate the delicious peanut at the annual Enfield Peanut Festival! Spend time in downtown Enfield enjoying live entertainment, games, food and craft vendors and so much more! Don’t forget to shop with the downtown merchants as well!

October 4-6, 2013  North Carolina Seafood Festival - Morehead City, NC
The weekend will include all of the following: seafood sampling, cooking demonstration by highly renowned chefs, seafood vendors, boat show, ship tours, entertainment on four stages, playground for kids, over 150 arts & crafts vendors, sporting events, rides, fireworks and Blessing of the Fleet.


October 5, 2013  34th 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 5, 2013  Brushy Mountain Apple Festival - North Wilkesboro, NC
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, & four music stages. Attendance: 160,000.

October 5, 2013  Pork Jam 2013 BBQ Festival - Pelham, North Carolina
no website yet.   One day event, held rain or shine, 6pm. Please email us if you would like to be a vendor at . This will be the 13th annual BBQ Festival, Live Bands, Inflatables, Face Painting, Food, arts/crafters, special apperances, raffles, hay rides, and much more!

October 5, 2013  18th World Beer Festival--Durham - Durham, N 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.

October 6, 2013  6th Annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival - Pittsboro, NC
Celebrate the food and drinks made from the Piedmont’s sustainable farmers, chefs, brewers and artisans!  Live music.

October 10-12, 2013  TerraVITA Food & Wine Event - Chapel Hill, NC
Terra meaning “of the earth” and Vita meaning “life,” captures in its definition the very spirit of this event. Over the last few years, TerraVITA Food & Wine Event has brought together some of the finest biodynamic and organically-grown wines and microbrews in the world with some of the very best North Carolina chefs, known and celebrated for their outstanding reputations and chosen for their devotion and allegiance to locally-grown ingredients!  Each year, this highly anticipated event has grown to include more producers, expanded seminars, and exclusive culinary experiences.

October 12-13, 2013  Swansboro Mullet Festival - Swansboro, N Carolina
This annual event includes a parade, music, vendors, arts & crafts, kids' area and of course a mullet fry.

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October 17-27, 2013  North Carolina State Fair - Raleigh, North Carolina
Come and enjoy "A Bumper Crop of Fun"--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 18-19, 2013  Outer Banks Seafood Festival - Nag's Head, NC
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 19, 2013  Shelby Fall Liver Mush Expo - Shelby, North Carolina
The Official State of North Carolina Fall Liver Mush Festival.  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. There is a fall festival of children's activities on the Court Square with Uptown Shelby Association and volunteers offering craft and fun activities for the kids. Pet owners will appreciate the Pet Festival on Warren Street, with contests and educational offerings for pets and their humans. Then you can shop at the Foothills Farmers Market like every Saturday.

October 19, 2013  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 19, 2013  10th Annual Yadkin Valley Grape Festival
Yadkinville, North Carolina
Wine tasting, motorcycle tour of the vineyards and chili cook-off.

October 19-20, 2013  33rd 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 26, 2013  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 26, 2013  17th 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.


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 12-13, 2012  10th Annual BBQ & Blues - Charlotte, No Carolina
It’s a Carolina good time with great food, great fun and great music! It will be a rockin’ 2 days of beer drinking, pork eating and shaking your pig tail at the Official Memphis BBQ Network Championship Cook-Off!

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  Apple Harvest Festival - Waynesville, North Carolina
APPLES, live mountain music, dance & food, crafts, cider, fresh fried pies & more!

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


waiting for new dates

October 25, 2008  Pig Stein '08 - Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
BBQ Cookoff and Beer Fest. Pig Stein is a celebration of beer, barbecue and the Outer Banks.



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