It’s Springtime and Duplin County is blooming with our Festivals and Events! Here is the season’s line-up:
A Taste of Duplin & More
Friday, April 20th – 5 PM to 8:30 PM
Duplin County Events Center, Kenansville
This event highlights everything that makes Duplin County a great place to live and visit. A Taste of Duplin & More is designed to promote Duplin County businesses and the Events Center as local tourism destinations.
Take time out of your hectic schedule to remember what makes Duplin County a great place to call home. Local restaurants will be offering samples as well as wine tastings courtesy of Duplin Winery and Country Squire. Enjoy making your voice heard by voting in the People’s Choice Award. Additional vendors include Duplin County museums, ready to whisk you back in time to witness the county’s historic legacy, the creators of our local festivals, craftsmen, makers, vendors and much MORE.
Saturday, April 21st – 10 AM to 6 PM
Warsaw’s Memorial Park
Come out and get to know Warsaw! Tap your toes to some great live music and enjoy wine from Duplin Winery and the Country Squire or check out the Coastal Beverage beer truck.
Enjoy the horse-drawn wagon rides, working mule demonstrations, new and vintage farm equipment, pony rides, vehicle displays, NCBBQ plates, a pork cook-off including an award presentation, and more activities for kids. The Warsaw Police Department Community Involvement Trailer will be serving some goodies as long as they last!
Carolina Strawberry Festival
Friday, May 11th – 6 PM to 11 PM and Saturday, May 12th – 11 AM to 10:30 PM
The Carolina Strawberry Festival is an annual event in Downtown Wallace. Both Friday and Saturday nights will include live music and entertainment including The Johnson Boys, Band of Oz, Train Wreck, and the Barefoot Gypsies and others. Enjoy dancing, a beer & wine garden, food and craft vendors, a BBQ cook-off, kids activities, locally grown strawberries and more! Thanks to Thurman Parker Photography for the festival photos and Hope G. Smith for the festival art!
Heritage Day at Liberty Hall
Saturday, May 19th – 11 AM to 4 PM
Liberty Hall in Kenansville
This event takes place on the grounds of Liberty Hall, the restored Greek Revival home of the Kenan Family, one of the most prominent in North Carolina “back then”. It is a great opportunity for people of all ages and history buffs to learn about Duplin County local heritage and the skills that people from the 1800’s had that they called, “daily life.”
Are you visiting our area? Visit our website and check out our Suggested Tours, Wineries, and Things to Do! We look forward to seeing you in Duplin County!
Join us for one day of awesome bluegrass music outdoors in Kenansville, NC at the Duplin County Events Center on Saturday, March 24th from 11AM to 7PM.
The Blue, Brew, & Que Festival will feature some of the best Bluegrass Music, NC Craft Breweries, and Bar-B-Que around. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and have your ID to receive your commemorative glass.
Enjoy the sounds of Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Band, The Malpass Brothers, VW Boys, Lonesome River Band and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. We’ve got some great North Carolina breweries and our Duplin County wineries participating that you won’t want to miss!
Get an early bird discount! Purchase your tickets in advance. We love our military members – check out the special ticket price!
The Country Squire Restaurant, Winery & Vintage Inn, in Warsaw, is ripe with Eastern North Carolina history. The original part of the building was constructed in the 1700’s and is home to the oldest wine tasting room in the state. While being known for their great food and award-winning wines, many visitors over the years have claimed of having “ghostly” encounters while dining at the restaurant. Frequent sightings of shadowy figures, strange noises and other phenomena have become part of its legend.
The Country Squire’s owner, Iris Lennon, notes that there is a “wee little girl” that makes her presence known every now and then. Whether roaming the “Baronial Hall” which is the oldest part of the building or lingering in the “Jesters Court”, the folks at The Country Squire welcome the friendly spirits that make The Country Squire their home.
The Country Squire Restaurant is the perfect place to bring the family for a tasty meal. Enjoy a surf and turf dinner or their infamous Korean beef appetizer along with salads and sandwiches for lunch. Before you leave, be sure to stop in the Tartan Tasting Room and gift shop. In addition to their wines, check out their specialty food products and amazing gifts. Our favorites are the chunky monkey butter and the dilly beans in addition to their jams, jellies, and hot sauces.
Are you a Group Tour Operator looking for the perfect itinerary for your group to visit Eastern North Carolina? We invite you to consider Duplin County, the perfect place to Unwind & Uncork, Unplug. Our area embodies small-town charm and Southern hospitality at its finest.
From the rich history of early farm life to our historic museums and the World’s Largest Frying Pan, Duplin County has a vast collection of hidden gems waiting to be explored. Experience delightful dining at many of our charming eateries and sample award-winning wines at our wineries. We have the perfect setting for your group to find the right pace, allowing you to relax and enjoy a good time.
We are conveniently located to many other coastal destinations and would love the opportunity to custom-tailor a tour to meet your specific needs. See some our featured itineraries for more details. Please send us an email or give us a call at 910.296.2181 to receive personalized tour planning assistance and don’t forget about our special offers and swag for your driver!
Yours truly, Amanda & Salem
Duplin County Tourism
The Fall season is almost here! It’s a perfect time to plan a North Carolina beach getaway! It’s also harvest season and a great time to enjoy the excitement in North Carolina’s coastal wine country. Just an hour away from the beach, you will find some amazing wineries throughout the beautiful coastal plains region.
After you soak in the sun and the salt air, head inland and visit Duplin County to experience one of the ripest regions for wine lovers on the East Coast. If you are visiting during the last weekend of September, don’t miss the North Carolina Muscadine Festival taking place in Kenansville, on September 28th and 29th. Enjoy tastings from over 35 wineries throughout the state as well as local food vendors. Festival-goers always have a toe-tappin’ good time with live bands performing on the main stage throughout the weekend.
Duplin County is home to the largest winery in the South, Duplin Winery. If you are visiting the first weekend of September, don’t miss their 42nd annual Grape Stomp, taking place on Saturday, September 8th. Festival-goers get a chance to stomp grapes with their bare feet and the best ones will have an opportunity to participate in a stomp off for a Duplin prize! Throughout the afternoon, there will be special vineyard and production facility tours, as well as exclusive wine tastings. The exclusive tastings book up fast, so make your plans soon!
Enjoy more agritourism and wine by visiting The Tipsy Bee. Learn how small batch wine is made and about the muscadine grapes that you will see grow abundantly in our area. Lunch or dinner at the Country Squire Restaurant & Winery is both an experience in local history as well as a surprise and a culinary delight. Guests have come back time and time again, for over 50 years. In keeping with this tradition of excellence, The Country Squire also has its own winery located in the 18th Century portion of the restaurant. The local owners hail from Scotland, and a certain Scottish flair can be found throughout the restaurant in the decor as well as the winery itself. Visitors also enjoy their Tartan Tasting Room & Gift Shop, open to visitors from Tuesday to Saturday (and by special appointment.)
One of the best ways to enjoy being in Duplin County is to book one of our Escape Packages. The Wine & Dine package is one of the most popular. You can even book a package and stay right on site at the Country Squire at their Vintage Inn! Check out the map to see our location. For more information, please feel free to contact us, or click one of the buttons below.
While you are at the North Carolina Coast, don’t miss many of the additional amazing destinations. Visit Topsail Island and stop in Surf City to see North Carolina’s 2nd most visited attraction, the Sea Turtle Rescue, or do some shopping in Historic Downtown Swansboro. From either direction, Duplin County is just a little over an hour drive, so come and uncork, unplug and unwind with us!