I don’t like pickles, but I know that I love food festivals (Brat Festival, Beer, Bourbon, BBQ, Soft Shell Crab). So would I like a food festival that involved a food that I didn’t like? That was the question I was asking myself prior to attending the North Carolina Pickle Festival.
The North Carolina Pickle Festival takes place every year in Mount Olive, NC. Yes this is the same Mt. Olive where the famous Mt. Olive pickles are made. While the festival had all your traditional fair foods that I know I love (see above). I was here for the pickles.
There was no shortage of pickles to be found at this festival. Mt. Olive was the sponsor and gave out FREE pickles! Yes that is correct, the pickles were FREE. Being a guy who traditionally isn’t a fan of pickles, I was still pretty excited to hear this!
I tried both the dill spears and the sweet bread and butter slices, but my favorite way and really the only way that I enjoy eating pickles is fried… I have had both the fried spears in Clemson and the fried slices in Charlotte, and I enjoyed each. I might not enjoy pickles, but when fried and dipped in ranch, I become a big fan.
Mmmm fried dill pickle chips dipped in ranch. In my opinion that is the best way to celebrate the festival. You might be wondering what else is at a Pickle Festival? Well I thought A movie would be a better way to show you, so here you go!
As you can see, the festival was pretty awesome! If you have yet to make it to a food festival I highly suggest you do! If you want to take pictures of the food at these festivals, then check out this post on the techniques I used to capture the shots you see in this post. Shooting at a Food Festival Photography Tips.