(GDN) — Relish in a DILL-lightful day in the Town of Mount Olive.
The inaugural Pickles, Pigs & Swigs is being held in Mount Olive this Saturday, November 20.
Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce President Julie Beck appeared on Jeff Farrow’s Morning Show on Goldsboro’s Greatest Hits and says the town wanted to start a new signature event for the fall.
Beck says the event celebrates Mount Olive’s agricultural heritage.
The day features live bluegrass music, a North Carolina Pork Council-sanctioned Whole Hog Cooking Competition free Mt. Olive Pickles, a beer garden run by R&R Brewing, antique tractors, vendors, and rides on the Pickle Train.
The 20-team cooking competition gets underway Friday evening in the Mount Olive Town Hall parking lot. Judging takes place Saturday morning, and the winners will be announced at 11 a.m.
BBQ pork plates, $10 each, go on sale beginning at 11 a.m. at the festival downtown on Center Street, and in a drive-through set up at the Mount Olive Historic Depot.
Saturday’s festival runs from 11 AM to 6 PM in the Southern Bank park at the Corner of Center and Main, the site of the 150th anniversary mural.
Wilson-based Shannon Baker & Sometime Soon kicks off the musical line up at 11 AM, followed by local favorites The Harmony Boys from 1:30-3:30. Riggsbee Road, an all-female country and bluegrass band from Raleigh led by Mount Olive native Shelley Kelly, rounds out the day from 4-6 PM.