Do you find ways to incorporate pickles into any meal? Do you create your own pickles out of any vegetable you can get your hands on? Have you ever eaten Dill Pickle potato chips? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then you might need to book a trip to Mt. Olive, North Carolina for the annual North Carolina Pickle Festival.
What Is the North Carolina Pickle Festival?
The township of Mount Olive is home to Mt. Olive Pickle Company. Yep—it’s the same Mt. Olive brand that performed so well in our pickle taste test. To honor the beloved company’s success, the town holds a giant celebration every year where hundreds and hundreds of pickle lovers come together to relish all things pickle-related.
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What Kind of Dill-ightful Events Can We Expect?
The North Carolina Pickle Festival turns average festival fun into pickle-y goodness. There’s a pickle train. A pickle inspired art contest. A pickle-packing production challenge. A pickle derby. People can also prove their love for pickles by entering a Pickle Eating Contest, where they will eat as many Mt. Olive whole-sized dill pickles as they can in five minutes.
There’s also a “Cuke Patch 5K Glow Run”—dressing up in your craziest pickle costume during the run is encouraged.
Will There Be Free Pickles?
Of course, free pickles will be given out all day long during the festival. Mt. Olive actually gave away 832 jars of pickles to attendees at last year’s festival—and 4,600 whole kosher dill pickles. Brave pickle lovers can also snack on pickle-flavored treats, like pickle snow cones, pickle lemonade and pickle popcorn.
The 34th annual North Carolina Pickle Festival will take place on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, 2020 in Mount Olive.