NC Food Road Trip : 15 Best Food Festivals in NC

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North Carolina is full of incredible restaurants, world-renowned chefs, and unique food experiences -- including local food festivals! We've rounded up a short list of all the best food festivals in NC, in no particular (ok, chronological) order. Who's ready for a road trip?


NC Strawberry Festival - April 30-May 4, 2019 in Chadbourn, NC

Ham & Yam Festival - May 4, 2019 in Smithsfield, NC

Annual Livermush Festival
 - June 1, 2019 in Marion, NC

NC Blueberry Festival
 - June 14-15, 2019 in Burgaw, NC

NC Blackberry Festival
 - July 12-13, 2019 in Lenoir, NC

NC Peach Festival
 - July 19-20, 2019 in Candor, NC

Sourwood Festival
 - August 10-11, 2019 in Black Mountain, NC

Winterville Watermelon Festival
 - August 22-25, 2019 in Winterville, NC

North Carolina Apple Festival
 - August 30-September 2 in Hendersonville, NC

Ayden Collard Festival
 - September 5-8, 2019 in Ayden, NC

North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest
 - September 14, 2019 in Oxford, NC

Pittsboro Pepper Festival
 - September 22, 2019 in Pittsboro, NC

Sonker Festival
 - October 5, 2019 in Mount Airy, NC

The Oyster Festival
 - October 19, 2019 in Shallotte, NC

Barbecue Festival
 - October 26, 2019 in Lexington, NC 


Looking for more food-focused road trip inspiration? Try Apple Picking in Hendersonville, NC or Barbecue in Ayden, NC.


May 31, 2019 by Cathleen Cueto
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