A Berry Good Time

This month the fruits of our roots come together at the Got to Be NC’s Homegrown Fare, where locals can sample products created right here in North Carolina. From wineries to candle companies, more than 100 vendors are expected to attend from all over the state, showing what North Carolina has to offer.

“We participate in the Got to Be NC festival to show how diverse products can be from our state,” says Adam Dillard, owner of Berry Brothers, a family-owned and operated specialty food company based in Raleigh. “There are so many ways to incorporate locally grown ingredients in a wide range of products. We are able to connect these products with the community while sharing our company’s story.”

Born and raised in Raleigh, Dillard decided to create and bottle sauces inspired from his childhood, along with two friends who were like brothers to him. When one of them unexpectedly and tragically passed away, Dillard continued on, tweaking his sauces until he felt they were worthy enough to sell. Now, Berry Brothers has really taken off. And to honor his lost “Berry Brother,” Dillard donates his portion to his favorite charities, including the Humane Society and ASPCA.

Our favorite product: Spicy Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce (from $6.99, berrybrothers.biz). While you would not expect to find berries in barbecue sauce, the sweetness of sun-ripened strawberries pairs well with the kick of chipotle.

Check out these highlights

  • 20 musical acts with North Carolina roots
  • One of the largest displays of antique farm equipment in the Southeast
  • Daily tractor parades
  • Farm animals
  • Carnival games and rides
  • Barbecue competition

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