Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event or place in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and play. This month it’s all about local festivals that celebrate arts, culture, food and beverage.
You’re certainly familiar with October’s annual State Fair but perhaps you’ve not had a chance to visit what might be considered a slightly smaller version held each May at the Got to be NC Festival, a festival highlighting North Carolina agriculture and products. This year’s fest dates are May 16 through 18.
Food is a big focus of the festival and much like the State Fair one can find barbecue, seafood, turkey legs, funnel cakes, home made ice cream and many things deep fried, all available for purchase.
Admission to the festival is free (as is parking) with some attractions inside the gates requiring admission fees (such as the Food and Wine Expo, rides, games and the Carolina Roller Girls Tournament). But there’s still plenty of free activities including concerts, a bluegrass band competition, an antique tractor parade, racing pigs, herding dogs, prancing horses and a variety of grandstand shows.
Make sure you like Got to be NC Festival on Facebook to keep up with announcements about this year’s event.