Got to Be NC Food & Wine Expo features N.C. agriculture

by | May 19, 2010

Got to Be NC FestivalThe third-annual Got to Be NC Festival will be full of rides, music, antique farm equipment and lawn-mower racing this weekend at the State Fairgrounds, but the highlight of the three-day event will be N.C. agriculture.

The N.C. Food & Wine Expo in the Exposition Center will feature more than 100 vendors offering samples of N.C. produce, meats, peanuts, candies and sauces to taste and purchase. In addition, a separate wine garden area will feature between 12 and 15 N.C. wineries. The Food & Wine Expo, supported by the Golden LEAF Foundation, will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Visitors to the Got to Be NC Festival also can enjoy N.C. mountain trout, catfish and shrimp at the Shriners Fish Fry Friday, from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and N.C. barbecue pork, chicken and sauce at the fifth-annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig Saturday starting at 11 a.m.

The 2010 Got to Be NC Festival runs May 21-23 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. For more information about the festival, including a complete list of Food & Wine Expo vendors, go to