2017 NORTH CAROLINA - September 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
(see also: 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2012 - 2010)
September 1-4, 2017
North Carolina Apple Festival
Hendersonville, North Carolina
The North Carolina mountains are known for their apple orchards. In celebration of King Apple, music, a parade, and arts and crafts fill city streets. Many of the growers also feature items such as fried apple pies, apple cakes, apple butter and apple cider.
September 7-10, 2017 Ayden Collard Festival - Ayden, North Carolina
The Official Collard Festival of the State of North Carolina. Family festival with music, parade, golf, horseshoe & tennis tournaments, art show, collard cooking and eating contests.
September 7-11, 2017 70th Surry County Agricultural Fair
Mt. Airy, North Carolina
Veterans Memorial Park, in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, in conjunction with American Legion Post 123, is proud to offer the Surry County Agricultural Fair, as a collaborative venture of the Ladies Auxiliary Unit and the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs. There's a midway, cotton candy, high flying acrobats, blue ribbons and more!
September 8-17, 2017 North Carolina Mountain State Fair
Fletcher, North Carolina
The NC Mountain State Fair celebrates the people, agriculture, art and tradition that make our region great. Attended by over 180,000 people annually, the fair features agricultural exhibits, fair food, midway rides, and competitions. Attendance: 180,000.
September 9, 2017 Annual Charlotte Oktoberfest
Charlotte, North Carolina
At Symphony Park.
September 9, 2017 11th Annual North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest
Oxford, North Carolina
North Carolina’s finest hot sauces and barbeque sauces, along with breweries and wineries spice up the blends and texture of downtown’s historical streets. Enter the NC Pepper Eating Contest sponsored by Bailey Farms. Watch as Artist Dan Nelson creates our Festival on Canvas. Capture all the history of Oxford by visiting the Granville County Museum and their September Sensations Bazaar as well as at the Harris Exhibit Hall, famous for showcasing local artisans. Visit the Granville Gardeners Plant Sale. We have activities for children, lovely local shops waiting to greet you and great restaurants, all at your fingertips. NC Hot Sauces and Barbecue Sauces, all will be competing for the title of North Carolina's Best!!!!!!! Attendance: 12,000.
September 16, 2017 - Annual Brewgrass Festival
Asheville, North Carolina
Each year in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, we gather over 100 American breweries to showcase more than 120 different beers. We add a great lineup of national and regional bluegrass musicians. We also feature a variety of area food vendors and plenty of water. Hosted by the Great Smokies Craft Brewers Association and benefiting Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Western North Carolina.
September 16, 2017 25th Annual Dublin Peanut Festival
Dublin, North Carolina
Dublin is known as the Peanut Capital of the South. It is the home of Houston’s Peanuts, that is known and whose peanuts are shipped worldwide. We will have the Classic Cruisers Car Show, Some of North Carolina’s best Food Vendors, Craft Vendors, Bar-B-Que Lunch & Plate sale, Kiddie and Women’s Tractor Pull, All Day Live Entertainment, Peanut Recipe Cook-Off, Mechanical Rides, Games, Our Secret Recipe Hot Dogs & Sausage Dogs. We have also added Steak and Chicken Fajitas to our own food lineup. Back by popular demand we will be selling hot boiled peanuts on site this year along with our cold boiled, salted in the shell, roasted and green peanuts.
September 16, 2017 BugFest 2017 - Raleigh, North Carolina
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Learn about arthropods, which make up three-quarters of all animals on Earth, during fascinating presentations. Taste delectable dishes featuring creepy crawlers as a major ingredient at Café Insecta.
September 22-23, 2017 Mayberry Days Barbecue Cook-off
Mt. Airy, North Carolina
Surry Arts Council is pleased to host the 2017 Mayberry Days Barbecue Cook-off again during Mayberry Days, celebrating 57 years of The Andy Griffith Show. It's PIG! This is an officially recognized barbecue cook-off of the North Carolina Pork Council and they will have a representative at the judging to assist with information and answers to any of your pork questions. If you have never had North Carolina chopped barbecue, you are in for a treat because it is for sale after the contest, beginning around 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Fresh barbecue will be available in one pound containers and sandwiches. Place your order ahead of time and have it waiting to pick up at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Interested Barbecue cookers can download and submit the Mayberry Days Barbecue Cook-off Registration form.
September 23, 2017 Annual Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival
Elkin, North Carolina
Includes Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off with pumpkins from growers located all over the East Coast. Some will weigh-in at an excess of 1,000 lbs with hopes of placing in the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth top ten. Main Street will be lined with vendors, plus a variety of live entertainment and the ever-popular pie-eating contest. Attendance: 15,000
September 23-24, 2017 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.
September 24, 2017 10th Annual Pepperfest
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: abundancenc.org/ )
September 27, 2017 Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation
Charlotte, North Carolina
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the nation's premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists -- all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.
September 29, 2017 Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival
Vintner's Dinner - Southern Shores, North Carolina
Join Chef Thomas at the award-winning Duck Woods Country Club as he prepares an unforgettable four-course dinner paired with the delectable wines of Virginia Dare Winery. Explore and discover Virginia Dare Wines from the Coppola wine family with representatives from this California winery. Vintner Dinner featuring the Wines of Virginia Dare Winery – 6pm to 10pm. Cost – $125.00 per person. Tables for groups of 6 or 8 may be reserved.
September 29-30, 2017 13th Annual NC Muscadine Festival
Kenansville, North Carolina
Features over 250 wines and great music, wine making & cooking contests, farm implement exhibits, educational seminars, food and craft vendors.
September 29-30, 2017 Annual Enfield Peanut Festival
Enfield, North Carolina
Once again at the The Enfield Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary has agreed to host the Cake Wheel again this year and we're planning the chicken BBQ, as always. New and improved games will be provided for children's pleasure and, of course, the ever popular Ping Pong Drop. Several of our community members have made a beautiful quilt which will be raffled off and the Silent Auction will be filled with lots of good stuff to bid on. Also, new items of any sort are welcomed as donations for the Auction; art and crafts items are always well-received. Admission: Free. Rain Dates: October 6-7, 2017.
September 29-30, 2017 Annual Halifax County Harvest Days
Halifax, North Carolina
The Tri-County Horse Show, Antique Tractors and Tractor Pull, Antique Farm Equipment, Agricultutral 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!!
September 30, 2017 Black Walnut Festival - Bethania, North Carolina
The festival features Arts, Crafts, Food and Music in the historic Town of Bethania. Presented by the Town of Bethania this year’s celebration should be an event that one does not want to miss. We are excited about the festival and look forward to seeing you there! The festival features crafters & artisans who show and sell their creations in one of the state’s most picturesque settings. Historic and beautiful Bethania, North Carolina sets the stage for this glorious event. Food vendors, non-profit displays, and music will be present to round out this day of fun.
September 30, 2017 Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival Grand Tasting - Manteo, North Carolina
Wines! Food! Old world and new world wines from around the globe will be poured accompanied by local fare served with warm island hospitality. Enjoy breathtaking coastal views, and the engaging rhythms from our stage set against the backdrop of the Roanoke Sound. General Admission Tickets 1pm-5pm – $50. Designated Driver – $25. The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival is recommended for adults 21 and older. VIP Tickets 12pm-5pm – $75. Includes: • One Hour Early Entry • Admittance to VIP Tasting Lounge, hosted by Trio • VIP Parking.