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Chili Cookoff looking for a few good teams

The N.C. Pickle Festival will again host a homestyle chili cookoff during its 31st annual event Saturday, April 29, 2017 in downtown Mount Olive.

Presented by First South Bank and the Goldsboro News-Argus, the chili cookoff will be sanctioned by the International Chili Society. The winner will be eligible to advance to the ICS World’s Championship Homestyle Chili Cookoff as a North Carolina Homestyle regional champion.

Teams will compete for cash awards in People’s Choice and Showmanship categories. Prizes include $300, $150 and $75 for the main competition, $300 for People’s Choice, and $75 for Showmanship.

Homestyle chili, as defined by ICS, is simply the cook’s favorite combination of ingredients resulting in a dish seasoned with chili peppers and spices. All chili for the competition must be prepared on site the day of the N.C. Pickle Festival, but cooks may prepare their People’s Choice chili in advance to serve throughout the day.

For complete details, click here.


Vendor applications are now being accepted

Vendor applications for the 2017 N.C. Pickle Festival are now being accepted. Avoid paying late fees and register by the early bird deadline, March 14. The festival accepts vendor applications in five categories: commercial, food, non-profit, information and arts & crafts. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis, and we notify you within a few weeks if you will be accepted for this year’s event.  Click here for details.



  • NC Pickle Festvial

    123 N. Center Street, Mount Olive, NC 28365





Dust off your aprons and get your signature seasonings because the NC Pickle Festival is once again bringing back the Homestyle Chili Cookoff, presented by First South Bank and Goldsboro
Each year at the North Carolina Pickle Festival, the Mt. Olive Pickle Company sponsors a Student Art Show. This art show encourages students from the area to submit their work