If you attend the final weekend of the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte, be on the lookout for @ The Market N.C. Specialty Foods exhibit. The store features more than 200 items produced locally by 34 food businesses from across the state. You’ll find a variety of products for your upcoming holiday festivities, including cooking sauces and dressings, peanuts and crackers, meats, candies and more.
The store is organized by the department’s Marketing Division in partnership with the N.C. Specialty Foods Association and with support from the Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. NCDA&CS marketing specialist Myrtle Earley, who has organized the department’s exhibit for the past four years, says this year’s booth has been well received.
“Sales for the first weekend were nearly double compared to last year, ” Earley said. “I think that says a lot about the quality of food products being made in North Carolina and the demand we are seeing from people who want to support local businesses.”
The Southern Christmas Show runs through Sunday, Nov. 24. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. On Sunday, the show will close at 6 p.m. If you can’t make the Christmas show, you can still stuff your stockings with an array of local food products by visiting the North Carolina General Store. There you’ll find a directory of companies serving up the best of locally grown, raised, caught and made agricultural products.