It’s Springtime and Duplin County is ready to roll with our Festivals and Events! If you haven’t visited, coming to one of our festivals is a great way to get a flavor for what we are all about – sweet wine, great food, strawberries, North Carolina barbeque and the wonderful people who live in our small Eastern North Carolina towns. We want you to come and have a great time. Here is our round-up of events:
A Taste of Duplin & More
Friday, April 26th – 5 PM to 8:30 PM
Duplin County Events Center, Kenansville
Delight your taste buds, visit with old friends, make new friends, and experience your Duplin County like never before. A Taste of Duplin & More offers the unique opportunity to experience Duplin County for the first time, again!
This event is created by Uncork Duplin County, Duplin County’s Tourism Development Authority. Our event is focused on creating a refreshing, fun and relaxed atmosphere while highlighting everything that makes Duplin County a great place to live and visit. A Taste of Duplin & More is designed to promote and position Duplin County businesses and the Duplin County Events Center as local tourism destinations.
Celebrate Duplin County! Come Uncork, Unplug & Unwind with us!
Saturday, April 27th – 10 AM to 6 PM
Warsaw’s Memorial Park
Come out and get to know Warsaw and get ready for a good time! Tap your toes to some great live music and enjoy some wine slushies from Duplin Winery, a beer garden, as well as…
**Comedian Freddie Pierce at 1:00 pm
**Backyard whole hog pork COOK-OFF (non- sanctioned): cash sales
**Pony rides by ‘Pony Pal Parties’
**Horse-drawn wagon rides
**Mule and plow demonstrations (interactive)
**Variety of vendors
Carolina Strawberry Festival
Friday, May 11th – 6 PM to 11 PM and Saturday, May 12th – 10 AM to 11 PM
The Carolina Strawberry Festival is an annual event in Downtown Wallace. Whether you are a visitor or a local, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy a great time in Eastern NC. Both Friday and Saturday nights will include live music and entertainment including Band of Oz, Train Wreck, Heartsong Tribal, the Catalinas and more. Enjoy dancing, a beer & wine garden, food and craft vendors, Dakotah & Friends Dinosaurs, kids activities, locally grown strawberries and more! Thanks to Thurman Parker Photography for the festival photos and Hope G. Smith for the beautiful festival art she creates each year!
We look forward to seeing you in Duplin County this Spring and especially at our festivals and events. For more information about Duplin County and our getaway packages, please give us a call at (910) 296-2181. We look forward to seeing you!
Things are warming up as Spring is just around the corner! Duplin County’s Spring festival season kicks off with the Blue, Brew & ‘Que on Saturday, March 30 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville. Here are four reasons to GET EXCITED!
It’s the love of bluegrass music that inspires the musicians. They put their heart and soul into it. At Blue, Brew & ‘Que, we will have 6 groups with chart-topping albums that appeal to all age groups; children, teenagers, young and middle-aged adults as well as senior adults. As Doyle Lawson, of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, says, “When you’re an artist, you bare your soul to the world…it’s a big thing when you put your emotions on the line like that.”
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Most folks know Duplin County as “coastal wine country” in North Carolina. We are excited to have two of our local wineries, The Country Squire and Duplin Winery join us. And we are thrilled to have several North Carolina microbreweries, bringing their craft brews for tastings! Check out the Blue, Brew & ‘Que website for a complete list.
Imagine 20 cook teams all competing in a whole hog barbeque cook-off! It’s going to be a day of the best-of-the-best in Duplin County. Bring your appetite for some authentic #NCBBQ!
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The Duplin County Events Center is located right off of I-40 at exit 373. It’s the perfect place for an Eastern North Carolina festival or event, rain or shine! Save some money and get your tickets in advance by clicking here.
River Landing is a planned residential community located off of I-40, just a 35-minute drive from Wilmington and just over an hour from Raleigh. Tucked away near the coast of Eastern North Carolina, River Landing is a picture perfect community, complete with world-class club amenities while still maintaining the charm and ease in a small Eastern North Carolina town. The community is home to two 18-hole championship golf courses, challenging the experienced golfer while offering five sets of tees to make the courses enjoyable for any player type.
Two “Top 50” Golf Courses, by the NC Golf Panel. 2010-2017
Named a “Top 50 Best Master-Planned Community in the U.S.,” by Where to Retire 2005-2015
Named one of the “Top 50 Golf Communities in America” by Luxury Golf Homes magazine
Rated “#1 Coastal Golf Course in North Carolina” by NC Magazine
US Open Qualifying Course 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998
AJGA Junior Open– 2012
North Carolina Women’s Amateur 2011
3 Holes in North Carolina’s Dream 18 – Business NC Magazine
Award-winning accommodations make visiting River Landing a blissful experience. If you’d like to stay inside the gates, you have the option of staying in one of the luxurious two-bedroom Clubhouse Suites or one of the private four-bedroom Guest Cottages. Directly outside the gates to River Landing is our Holiday Inn Express, which is an easy-to-access and affordable option.
Choose from packages that include 18 holes, 36 holes or 54 holes on either course. Or, come learn from the pros at the River Landing Golf Academy with individualized training on everything from putting to your full swing.
Join us for one, two, or three nights and stay while relaxing to the sounds of nature and enjoying great food and drinks from our Mad Boar Restaurant just outside of the gates.
November is a special time in Duplin County as we celebrate all veterans and active duty military in our annual Veteran’s Day Parade. The parade takes place in the Town of Warsaw on November 3, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm. The entire county will be swelling with pride!
The 2018 parade theme is “Marching Towards 100”, honoring all those who served this great country and all of us who are marching towards the 100th parade in November 2020.
Started 1921, Duplin County is home to “The Oldest Consecutive Veterans Day Celebration in America.” To add to this remarkable distinction, Warsaw subsequently became designated as a Veterans Day Regional Site in 2012 by the Veterans Day National Committee. On June 24, 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted the Veterans Day Parade held in the Town of Warsaw in Duplin County as the official State Veterans Day Parade. The bill to adopt the parade was ratified on June 15, 2016, and signed into law by the governor on June 24, 2016.
Duplin County is surrounded by several major military bases located all throughout Eastern North Carolina. We invite you to Duplin County for a truly amazing day of patriotism, family fun, and entertainment! It’s a day to honor our service men and women from all five branches of the military for protecting our freedom and this fine country we call home, while we remember those who gave it all.
Start your day with a pancake breakfast at the Warsaw Baptist Church followed by the amazing NC BBQ lunch at the Warsaw VFD Downtown Fire Station. We have some great restaurants in Duplin County – and if you haven’t been to The Country Squire for dinner, you need to check it out. It is truly an experience!
2018 Veterans Day Regional Site – Schedule of Events
7:30 – 9:30 am: Masonic Pancake Breakfast at Warsaw Baptist Church
9 am – 4 pm: Food & Craft vendors, and more
10 am: VFW Memorial Services at Veteran’s Park
11 am: Fly Over / Special Forces Parachute Jump and the Parade begins
12 pm: BBQ lunch at Warsaw VFD Downtown Fire Station
1 – 4 pm: Visit the Duplin County Veterans Museum on East Hill Street, the Truck Show, fun and entertainment for all
We look forward to seeing you in Duplin County! For more information visit our website or contact the Duplin County Tourism office at 910.296.2181. Be sure to check out our Escape Packages and premier Festivals and Events!
The truth is that you can find almost anything that’s really good to eat right in Duplin County. A date night location, or a place for celebrating special occasions? Duplin County has these venues! If you haven’t yet sampled much of this rich variety, I suggest you start exploring and enjoying!
UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Weekend” cameramen have recently joined me in producing reviews of Rose Hill Restaurant, and both The Mad Boar and Sensation Farmhouse Restaurant in Wallace. (These segments will begin airing in late October.)
An increasing number of visitors passing through Duplin County each year can find an agreeable meal no further than a mile or two off the Interstate. And for Duplin’s lifelong residents, they also have plenty of places for a quick, delicious bite as they travel their ordinary paths, carry out their business dealings and grab a convenient meal on workdays.
For example, hungry persons anywhere near Shawn’s Restaurant in Wallace will want to start a great day with one of “Ms. Dorothy’s” legendary breakfasts. Shawn’s serves practically every breakfast meat on the planet, with or without eggs, and not simply varieties of sausage, bacon, and ham, either. I mean smoked sausage, corned beef, steak, salmon, liver pudding and even pork brains. Shawn’s breakfast patrons will all remember both the wonderful hash browns and onions and the oversize pancakes, as I sure did!
Right after Shawn’s breakfast rush dwindles, the awesome country lunch buffet is set out Tuesdays through Fridays until the place closes at 2:00 pm. (Saturday is breakfast only until 11 am.) I’m heading back soon to bury my face in the steak and gravy, barbecued chicken greens and more I’ve heard so much about.
Mik’s, also in Wallace, is an outstanding restaurant packaged as a sports bar. Too many people think mostly of large TV screens, wings and pub munchies. But Mik’s has a menu with depth and imagination, and the prices are really reasonable. The place features hickory smokers, producing pulled pork barbecue, rib, brisket, turkey, chicken breast and smoked salmon entrée plates.
I fondly remember my turkey nacho plate, with diced tomatoes, roasted red peppers, onions, “beer cheese,” bacon bits and perfectly pan-steamed broccoli. The turkey is listed “when available.” It’s hickory-smoked, sliced fairly thin and then chopped up more finely in the nachos. ‘Never had anything like it in my travels, honestly… fantastic.
Platters, sandwiches, and appetizers featuring fish and shellfish are terrific. How often do you find hickory-smoked salmon in a nice, hefty portion as a plate, with sides? Not frequently in my experience. I’m glad I was there on the right day, and Mik’s world-class broccoli and mac ‘n cheese made the day even better.
Mik’s offers an expansive bone-in and boneless wing choices with a dozen sauces; a specialty salad that’s a “cucumber wrap,” and a really strong line-up of hefty burgers. The Champ Burger is crowned with mac and cheese and “boom boom” sauce, which also goes great with any food in the place. A barbecue sandwich, smoked salmon tacos and a Cuban sandwich – featuring smoked pork and melted pepper jack cheese – are all hearty and toothsome, as well.
The Filling Station in Kenansville is that most unusual of restaurants…the one that dares close on weekends.
Open Monday – Friday from 6 am to 2 pm, the place is loved for biscuits, “best burgers anywhere around,” chicken salad, authentic eastern fish stew (Fridays only), plate lunches and all sorts of home-style desserts. Customers enjoy The Filling Station during their off-work days only if they stop by during regular business hours to pick up an order of chicken salad for Saturday or Sunday consumption.
For 37 years, the extended family has operated some version of what’s now called Brock’s Service on mostly rural NC 11-903 on the outskirts of Kenansville. Since 1977, it’s been a gas station, convenience store and auto service center.
It was a natural move for David Brock, with a quirky, inexplicable desire to run a restaurant – to also be opening “The Filling Station Cafe” – located right next door to the original location that was built by his father, Buck. The younger Brock helps run the grocery, including pumping gas, even as he’s currently doubling the size of his restaurant.
He decided long ago that we wanted to see his kids grow up and that five very long days was enough of a work week. He has had a life, and his kids have had their Dad. Good for him. I’m spending a lot more time in Duplin County these days for various reasons, and I’m loving getting reacquainted with the culinary scene. What a pleasure!