Blue grass music is a way of life in North Carolina and Duplin County is excited to host the 1st Annual Blue, Brew & ‘Que Festival on March 31st thru April 1st 2017. What would a festival in our neck of the woods be without our wineries? And for those beer lovers out there, we’ve also invited some great North Carolina microbreweries to participate. Enjoy a variety of tastings!
A total of eight bands are scheduled to take the stage at the Duplin Events Center, from the likes of Soggy Bottom Boys, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Trinity River Band, VW Boys, The Garrett Newton Band, Lonesome River Band and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. To find out more about these bands out, visit our website and read their bios.
You’ll want to come to the festival with an appetite and enjoy the North Carolina barbecue cook-off on Saturday. We look forward to some toe-tappin’ fun Duplin County style! Tickets are being sold online at www.duplinbluegrassfest.com. Get them now for the early bird price!
This event is proudly being organized in partnership by The Duplin Events Center and Duplin County Tourism Development Authority. For information about events, festivals and things to do in our area, visit our website at www.uncorkduplin.com.
We look forward to seeing you in Duplin County!
The Town of Warsaw received a special recognition this year by being adopted as home to North Carolina’s Official Veteran’s Day Parade. In this 96th year of the parade, it is the oldest, continuously held Veterans Day Parade in the United States. Warsaw certainly has an enduring sense of patriotism and a commitment to honoring of all of our military service personnel, keeping the American spirit alive and well.
All are invited to come out on Saturday, Nov. 5th with festivities starting at 9am that include helicopter rides, a kids area, craft and food vendors, a car show, a barbeque lunch, a fly over, and most importantly, a chance to thank a veteran. The 2016 parade theme will be “Military Law” honoring the men and women dedicated to providing the best legal services to America’s service men, women and their families.
While in Warsaw, don’t miss visiting the Duplin County Veteran’s Museum on Hill Street. Located in the restored L. P. Best House, the museum itself is an outstanding example of Queen Anne/neo-classic style architecture. The house was built in 1894 by its namesake and is the linchpin for the Warsaw Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as being a locally designated district.
We look forward to seeing you in Duplin County.
Fall is time to celebrate in Duplin County! Famous for growing North Carolina’s state fruit, the muscadine grape, September is harvest season, and just like in Italy — it’s time to stomp the grapes! We invite you to join us at Duplin Winery’s 40th Annual Grape Stomp on Saturday, September 10th, in Rose Hill. It’s a tradition not to be missed!
Next up is the North Carolina Muscadine Festival, held on Friday & Saturday, September 23rd & 24th. Over 25 wineries from all over the state converge in Kenansville to showcase their wines and share tastings. It’s our 12th year and we have a fanfare of loyal tailgaters that come and set up their tents, dressed up in costumes providing some added entertainment! Along with tasting wines, enjoy some great food, music and dancing, shopping vendors along with fun for kids too! The festival takes place rain or shine at Duplin County Events Center. We’d love to have you join us!
In true North Carolina fashion, the NC Poultry Jubilee is a local hometown favorite, highlighting North Carolina’s poultry industry, the #1 agricultural industry in our State. Come enjoy a perfect day of wholesome family fun at the World’s Largest Frying Pan in Rose Hill in Saturday, October 7th.
With the long stretch of open road along I-40 East from Raleigh heading towards the beach, as thoughts of a stressful week at work or an overbooked schedule make way for relaxation and play, don’t miss a visit to the quintessentially North Carolinian small town of Wallace. In fact, make a stop coming to or leaving your beach getaway. You will wish you had sooner!
With the abundant farmland and rural areas seen while driving by, one could think that there is really nothing to see or do in Eastern North Carolina, except directly at the coast. And surprisingly, nothing could be further from the truth. Wallace is located in Duplin County off of exit Exit 385 and has within its footprint, some of the most quaint and unique shopping experiences you will find – a true delight for anyone that would say, “who knew?”
If antiquing is your thing, stop in and check out the hotel silver and the assortment of fine china at Collectibles by the Trax located at 108 NE Railroad St. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with some of the best baked goods you’ve ever tasted at Sweet B’s on 617 E. Sutherland St. Enjoy some cheese cake, perhaps. To be a little more adventurous, if you’ve never heard of a bacon topped cupcake, with just one bite, you’ll have added to your repertoire of all things yummy and good. Just about 10 minutes from downtown Wallace off of NC 41, is Riverside Barn Antiques, a 12,000 square foot space with an amazing assortment of antiques, collectibles, furniture, dishes, signs, artwork, and more. This is definitely a place to be transported back in time!
Downtown Wallace boasts some very cute home decor, fashion boutiques and gift shops. Cavenaugh’s Gifts of Distinction has been there for many years, and there are a few newer boutiques to discover, such as Forever Southern and The Glass Slipper. They carry a lot of the latest southern fashions and have items that would make great gifts, for yourself or someone else! Don’t miss Art of Hope, on Main Street, an inspirational art and custom framing shop with clientele from around the world.
Wallace has its share of good restaurants. See a full list here. If you’d like to try some local flavor, check out the winner of the 2016 Taste of Duplin “Hometown Favorite” Award, Mik’s. They’ve got some of the best North Carolina barbeque and if you happen to be there on Thursday night, you’ll enjoy their locally revered trivia night. The Mad Boar, near Wallace’s premier golf course community, River Landing, has an upscale ambience and live music along with a great menu for both lunch and dinner.
We look forward to your visit and seeing you around Wallace and in Duplin County!