Mead maker showcasing honey wines from sweet to dry at Got to Be NC Festival

If there’s one thing the co-owners of Retro Meadery would like you to know, it’s that mead comes in a variety of flavors, and they’re not all sweet. You’ll have a chance to taste for yourself inside the Food Lion “Local Goodness Marketplace” at the 2024 Got to Be NC Festival. This is the first time Retro Meadery, based in Burgaw (Pender County), will be at the festival. Co-owners Michael Fields and Matthew Clemmons started the business in 2020. During the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, they took some time to start brewing their own beer and mead, mostly as…

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Fairgrounds crew builds new skillet skee-ball game for GTBNC Festival

Skee-ball, skillets and fabricated fried eggs will combine for a fun new competition at this year’s Got to Be NC Festival. So, which came first, the skillet or the egg? Carolina Cooker and parent company Agri Supply, have long supported agriculture in this state, so when the State Fair team challenged themselves to dream up several new free activities for the Got to Be NC Festival’s Agri-Plaza in the Graham Building, the team dreamt up Skillet Skee-Ball, and Carolina Cooker jumped on board. Carolina Cooker is based in North Carolina and offers a variety of cookware from traditional cast iron…

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Get a taste of North Carolina at the Got to be N.C. Festival

Sample some North Carolina goodness at the State Fairgrounds this weekend as the N.C. Food Wine and Beer Expo sets up in the Exposition Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This event is part of the annual Got to be N.C. Festival. “The Got to Be N.C. Festival is a celebration of N.C. agriculture,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “What better way to celebrate than giving everyone an opportunity to sample products that are made in our state.” The expo features more than 80 companies sampling and selling products made in North Carolina. A $2 admission fee for ages 12…

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