Travel. It’s not just a summertime activity, my friend. Fall in the Carolinas is my favorite time to venture along the highways of this breathtaking state. Today, I’m taking you on a tour – “coast to coast” – with a stopover to explore, what I consider to be, the best part of North Carolina’s fall season: festivals! First off, let’s head west – for an apple of a time!
From the North Carolina foothills, to the rolling mountaintops of the Blue Ridge Parkway, make your way to North Wilkesboro this Friday for the 38th Annual Brushy Mountain Apple Festival. With more than 400 arts and crafts vendors and hundreds of food vendors, your Christmas list…and “apple”tite…are sure to fill up nicely! (BONUS: leave an hour in your day to experience the changing colors of fall along the Blue Ridge Parkway!)
Next up, The 35th annual North Carolina Oyster Festival on Ocean Isle boasts an array of a Carolina favorite – OYSTERS! I fell in love with this food at an early age…and through a bet, if you can believe it. During my “little years”, my best friend and I would make our way to a Lexington steakhouse for dinner with my grandparents. On one of these fateful evenings, Georgie made a bet: “first one to eat a raw oyster wins a $1.00!” Well, before I could even reach for a fork, Whitney was washing down her oyster with a sip of water. (Fortunately, Georgie found the event funny enough to give us both a $1.00 – just for being good sports!) During the weekend of October 17th, try your hand at competition during the Oyster Shucking Contest, and then peruse the coastal creations of local artisans.
And we save the best for last (and the last weekend!) Friends, stopover and see us! On October 24th, our hometown brings out its savory perfection for the world to experience. This year marks the 32nd annual Lexington Barbecue Festival and is a can’t miss fall festival! Between nationally acclaimed entertainment, enjoy bites of competition barbecue and sips of the finest sweet tea in the South. Don’t miss it!
Wherever the road will take you, may it be colorful, tasty, and fun. Cheers to a festive fall!