A Taste of Duplin & More is coming up this Spring and the excitement in the air! This 3rd Annual event is taking place on Friday, 4/28 and celebrates all that Duplin County is, bringing together the talent of our local restaurants, small businesses, community attractions and festivals. It’s all about who we are and what we have to share with the local community and our visitors. Get your advance tickets online here!
Food and wine is at the heart of the event and all attendees enjoy a variety of tastings of wine as well as dishes made by our local talented chefs as they mix and mingle with friends and family. Amongst the numerous contest categories such as Best Appetizer, Best Dessert and Hometown Favorite, is the coveted People’s Choice Award. While you are tasting, be sure to cast your votes of your favorite dishes and make your voice heard.
One stop shopping is a sheer delight, as local boutiques, farms, artisans, and creative entrepreneurs showcase their wares in vendor booths giving everyone a chance to connect and support local businesses in Duplin County.
History is rich in Eastern North Carolina and in Duplin County. Here is your chance to chat with our local historians and preservationists who make it their business to be the experts. Do you have a question about how things were or about pastimes in Duplin County? Here is your chance to learn and know more.
We look forward to seeing you at A Taste of Duplin & More being held at the Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville. Tickets are available at the door and online. Children are welcome and attend free!
A Taste of Duplin & More is a Duplin County Tourism event. For information about being a sponsor or reserving a vendor booth, please contact us at 910.296.2181.
October is right around the corner and The World’s Largest Frying Pan in Rose Hill will be seasoned and ready to go. Celebrate our heritage and the NC Poultry Industry with us on Friday night, 10/7 and Saturday 10/8! Get your fill of fried chicken and enjoy arts & crafts, kids activities, Duplin Winery’s wine and beer garden along with music by The Tams, The Castaways & The Gary Lowder Smokin’ Hot Band.
Faison is one of our treasured small towns in Duplin County. Our proud locals get together each year for their annual Market Day to celebrate their history and heritage. This year, they are honoring their local firefighters and EMT personnel. If you are looking for something to do, why not be a local tourist for a day and check it out!
Beulaville’s Hog Wild Cook Off & Car Show is a great place to bring the family to eat some really good NC BBQ, check out the Car Show and enjoy kids rides, an ice cream eating contest, music and vendors. The festival takes place on Friday night, 10/7 and Saturday 10/8 from 10AM – 3PM at the Civic Center on Main Street.
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!