First stop-The Carousel Festival http://www.ci.burlington.nc.us/index.aspx?NID=867
This year was the best I have ever attended! The music was divine! We had two full days of amazing bands! The food and craft vendors were pretty great, too.
Second stop-The Co-Hops Festival downtown http://companyshopsmarket.coop/co-hops/
This was the second year that the Company Shop has hosted this event and my first year being able to attend. It was so much fun.
There were quite a few rows of NC beers to sample! I was unable to taste them all. The turn out for vendors was really stellar. After you tasted the beers, your ticket allowed you to “mix-a-six” pack to take home or one growler of your favorite.
My absolute favorite for the day was a special blend that Natty Greene’s made just to test out on us-Hibiscus+Ginger Wildflower Wit. I hope that it will receive the same reviews from others because I would like them to bottle that one. So good!
I was really happy to taste and take home some of my local favorites, like Red Oak. Yummy! You really can’t go wrong with a Red Oak beer.
I was really happy with my six pack.
My last stop for the day was at the Kudzu Festival. A local family started this grand tradition and it is such a privilege to attend. It’s a huge potluck of yummy food and drink. They usually have a great band, but sadly the band was a “no-show” this year. I may have eaten my weight in food. Just kidding. Dang it was good though. Have you ever had a pickle slathered in cream cheese and wrapped in prosciutto and then sliced into a round? Sounds crazy. It is. Try it. I was hesitant, but tried it anyway. It did not disappoint. The family that hosts the party is really cool. I guess that’s obvious-they have a festival annually at their home every year.