Brewgrass Celebration to return to Tarboro
BY JOHN H. WALKER
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
After a successful inaugural event in November 2018, Tarboro’s Brewgrass Celebration is back at the Tarboro Riverfront Park from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Nov. 10 for an afternoon of food, drinks and entertainment.
The free event is sponsored jointly by Tarboro Brewing Co., the Town of Tarboro and the Tarboro Development Corp. Tarboro Development will benefit from the funds raised and use them to help develop and promote additional activities in Historic Downtown Tarboro.
As was the case a year ago, there will be nine Eastern North Carolina breweries on site, and there will be six foods trucks instead of five a year ago.
Also on hand will be Seven Pines Vineyard & Winery, fresh from winning two awards at the 2019 N.C. State Fair Wine Competition. Seven Pines’ “Blush Your Heart” earned a silver medal, while “Golden Classic” won a bronze medal.
Also on hand will be Edgecombe County’s only cidery, Falkland’s Winery and Planetary Elixirs, which makes non-alcoholic beverages.
Music at this years’ celebration will come from Fountain’s Lightnin’ Wells, the legendary Tar River Boys and Cardinal Family Singers.
Craft breweries on hand will include BBD Brewing, Koi Pond, Pitt Street, Uptown, HopFly, Duck Rabbit, Space Way and Tarboro Brewing Co.
Food trucks include Poblanoes, Charlie’s Kabobs, Cockadoodle Moo, La Republica, Skullie’s Street Q and Ya’ll Eat Yet.
If you enjoy bluegrass music, cold beer, down home wine, serious food and a fun, family atmosphere, then you need to grab a lawn chair or two and bring someone with you to Riverfront Park.
A year ago, Hurricane Florence caused the celebration to be postponed from September, but the November event proved to be so successful that changing the date wasn’t even considered.
Just as the downtown and Town Common and advantageous marketing tools for the town, so is the Tar River — although, except for brochures pitching its use for canoeing and kayaking, it has been underutilized.
Taking advantage of the Tar, as well as getting together for some good music and cold beer, is the thought process behind the Brewgrass Celebration.
Tarboro Brewing Co.’s Inez Ribustello said taking advantage of the river only makes sense.
“We just want to bring another attraction for people to enjoy in Eastern North Carolina,” she said.
And because the celebration is being held the day before Veterans Day, the thought is that attendance could grow because of what will turn into a long weekend for patrons who don’t have to work on Monday.