Category Archives: Festivals / events

NC’s Inaugural Apple Country Cider Jam

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The perfect weekend get-a-way

Hendersonville, NC, a small town near Asheville in the North Carolina mountains, will celebrate its inaugural Apple Country Cider Jam Saturday, April 22, which showcases eight hard cideries, two producers of nonalcoholic cider, two local wineries and music by the  band Balsam Range, winner of 10 awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Henderson County is at the epicenter of NC’s burgeoning cider industry. The county produces 85 percent of the state’s apples and leads the way in hard cider production as well.

“We have world-class cider produced right here, and it all starts with our great apples,” says Mark Williams, executive director of Agribusiness Henderson County and event organizer. “The Cider Jam kicks off the whole season of apple production. It coincides with the apples in full bloom and promotes a product that can be enjoyed year-round.”

Festival cideries must be based in North Carolina and use apples sourced within the state. The eight hard cideries are: Bold Rock Hard Cider in Mills River; Bull City Ciderworks in Lexington and Durham; Crimson Ridge in Mills River; Flat Rock Ciderworks in Hendersonville; GoodRoad CiderWorks in Charlotte; Noble Cider in Asheville; The 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville; and Wallace Ciders from St. Paul Mountain Vineyards in Hendersonville.

Local producers Apple Wedge Packers & Cider and McConnell Farms will provide fresh, nonalcoholic cider varieties, while Burntshirt Vineyards of Hendersonville, will serve apple wine.

The Apple Country Cider Jam runs from 1-6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include tastings, souvenir cup and live music. Non-alcohol tickets are $10. Food will be available from local food trucks and downtown restaurants.

For info or to purchase tickets, visit www.CiderJamNC.com. For lodging and details about Hendersonville, go to www.VisitHendersonvilleNC.com or call (800) 828-4244.

(Photo by Sam Dean)

Seasonal Splendor at The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Omni Grove Park Inn is wrapped in luxury for the holidays.

The Omni Grove Park Inn is wrapped in luxury for the holidays.

Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains, this 100+ year- old, AAA Four-Diamond resort hotel is known for its elegance and southern charm. While every season is spectacular at the Omni Grove Park Inn, the winter holidays kick it up a notch with special events such as the National Gingerbread House Competition, delicious holiday dining, live music and festive decorations. Read entire article originally published in the November 2015 issue of Luxe Beat Magazine.

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NC Woolly Worm Festival

Woolly Worm Races Predict Weather

The 38th Woolly Worm Festival takes place Oct. 17-18 in Banner Elk, NC (Photo by Todd Bush).

The 38th Woolly Worm Festival takes place Oct. 17-18 in Banner Elk, NC (Photo by Todd Bush).

Thought you knew about most of the festivals in North Carolina? Bet you never heard of this one–the  Woolly Worm Festival in downtown Banner Elk, NC. During this festival the weather prognosticating skills of the woolly bear caterpillar take center stage. Continue reading

NC Beer Month Continues

Wilmington Celebrates NC Beer Month

Want to know what’s happening locally for NC Beer Month? Check it out on the NC Official Tourism Site.  Wilmington’s Top Hops Spots include: Front Street Brewery which has been a star attraction for 20 years, and five newcomers – Flytrap Brewing, Ironclad Brewery, Broomtail Craft Brewery and Wilmington Brewing plus Good Hops Brewery in Carolina Beach. And keep your eyes peeled for the perfect souvenir: a Freaker, the knit koozie created in Wilmington.

NC Beer Month in Wilmington, NC

NC Beer Month in Wilmington, NC

NC Beer Month

Get Ready for a  Cold Draft

April is NC Beer Month

April is NC Beer Month

April is North Carolina Beer Month, and for the third year in a row there’s an exciting array of activities lined up. More than 90 breweries – from the mountains to the coast – are participating, ranging from decades-old, award-winning brewhouses to newbies on the block eager to make a name for their batches. It’s a month-long celebration offering dozens of beer-inspired festivals, tastings, dinners, special discounts, travel deals, giveaways and more. You can be certain that by the time April comes to a close, you’ll have an even better appreciation for North Carolina’s thriving beer scenes.

To learn more about NC Beer Month and get a list of events, special tastings and sweepstakes happening throughout the state, head over to http://www.ncbeermonth.com.

Hemmings Motor News Race To Visit Myrtle Beach, SC

Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach

Classic Cars to Visit “Broadway at the Beach”

“Broadway at the Beach,” an entertainment venue in North Myrtle Beach will be the official lunch stop for the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race, presented by Hagerty, on Friday, June 27. The Great Race contestants will arrive at about 11:50 a.m., and continue arriving in one-minute increments until all 100 have arrived.  Continue reading

BBQ, Bourbon & Bluegrass

BBQ, Bourbon & Bluegrass Hoedown

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Want to experience a different side of Charleston, SC? Then don’t miss the BBQ, Bourbon & Bluegrass Hoedown on Saturday, November 9, from 7-11 p.m. at the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed. The 2nd annual Lowcountry Hoedown is a celebration of Southern fare & libations set to a fiddle!

Sip & swig on bourbon, moonshine, and whiskey cocktails from over a dozen distilleries including Charleston’s own Striped Pig Distillery, scheduled to open later this year. Enjoy craft brews from three great Southern states, including local favorite Holy City Brewing. Nibble and nosh on BBQ, brisket &  tasty Southern treats from Lowcountry restaurants and artisan food vendors. Continue reading