The pickle is the star of these foodie events

The mighty pickle is the highlight of three events this weekend.

Coincidence? Probably.

But if you’re a fan of pickles, this is your moment.

Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: Tastes of North Carolina

Duke Homestead celebrates North Carolina’s food history and culture July 22 with Pork, Pickles and Peanuts.

The free event will feature the annual Barbecue Cook-Off and Pie Competition from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can vote in the barbecue cook-off for the People’s Choice Award. Pie slices are $1. For information on how to enter the pie contest, go to the Duke Homestead website. Entries are limited to eight pies.

There will be peanuts and pickles from vendors, live music, artists, crafts and more.

Historical cooking demonstrations for children and adults will be held through the day. There will be demos of 19th century pickling, a peanut boil and savory and sweet treats. Kids can make a pickling spice blend. A whole-hog butchery demonstration is at noon.

For information, go to Duke Homestead is at 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham.

Home picklers contest

On July 22, there is a home picklers contest at the Durham Farmers’ Market from 10 a.m. to noon. The market is at 501 Foster St. There will be samples of dill cucumber pickles, sweet pickled items, unique pickled items (non-cucumbers) and fermented pickled items. Contestants will receive one free VIP ticket to PickleFest. For information, go to


The third annual PickleFest on Sunday, July 23, showcases a different side of the pickle – from food to beers to a Bloody Mary Bar.

The event is at The Rickhouse, 609 Foster St., Durham, from noon to 4 p.m. There will be pickle vendors from across the region as well as Triangle restaurants giving away samples of their pickle specialties.

VIP tickets are $15 and include early entry at noon and a drink ticket. Only 100 VIP tickets are available.

General admission tickets are $5 for 1 to 3 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. Children 10 years and younger are admitted free.

Proceeds go to Durham Central Park. For information, go to

Jessica Banov: 919-829-4831, @JessicaBanov