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A Plateful of NC Happenings!

West to east and back again there are numerous events and festivals going on across North Carolina this weekend. I’ve put together a list of a few to check out along the road – get out there and enjoy NC agriculture while you’re soaking up our beautiful state!

Blue Ridge Mountain Fair – local artisan handiwork in the heart of Sparta, NC with entertainment and food vendors – admission is free for this Alleghany County treasure.

July 24th and 25th


Smokin’ in the Valley, Western NC BBQ Festival – this bbq contest is held in Maggie Valley and features up to 40 cookers plus a contest called Beer, Wine and Swine on Friday evening – arts and crafts, entertainment and a kids corner – sounds worth the trip!

July 24th and 25th


Stepping Into The Past at The Tobacco Farm Life Museum – travel to Kenly, NC and visit this museum featuring permanent and rotating exhibits on farm life at a turn-of-the-century farmhouse, smokehouse, and log tobacco barn. This Saturday, they’ll have Watermelon Sweet Treats and a seed spitting contest – great warm up for next week since Watermelon Day is coming up on July 30th at the State Farmers Market (http://bit.ly/1LuOxlv)

July 24th 10-3pm


The World of Tomatoes with The NC Tomato Man, Craig LeHouiller – in Raleigh at Irregardless Café – if you’re anything like me – tomatoes just taste like summertime – be sure and check the site this is a ticketed event.

July 25th


PickleFest Durham – Durham is fermenting over with this festival – grab a local brew, create your own Bloody Mary, sample pickled items from local restaurants – then fill up at the food trucks – on-site with lunch provisions.

July 25th



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Jennifer is a North Carolina native, a mother, the daughter of a farmer and a professional writer focusing on North Carolina culture, travel, art, food, agriculture and farm life. She is a strong believer that kindness is a boomerang exercise – you should help build others up whenever you can.

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