Blueberry Harvest Celebration aims for bigger crowds at second annual festival

Gregory Farms and Vineyard’s second annual blueberry harvest celebration offers so much more than blueberries.

Wine tastings, food and craft vendors and live music will make it a fun day, according to event organizers. People can also pick blueberries or just relax on the vast grounds of the farm and buy already picked blueberries. The family-friendly, dog-friendly event will take place Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in Currie, North Carolina, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Wilmington.

Alan and Pam Gregory, co-owners of Gregory Farms and Vineyards, first hosted the Blueberry Harvest Celebration last year to introduce people to their wines and the lovely farm grounds.

“We wanted to do something fun and decided to have a festival,” said Pam Gregory. “It attracts new customers and makes us known. So many people don’t know we’re here and still haven’t discovered us.

After last year’s success, the Gregorys decided to make the festival an annual event.

The main draw of the celebration is wine tasting, according to Alan Gregory. This year, attendees can sample blueberry wines as well as Riesling, Chardonnay, Muscadine, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rose and Sangria. If wine isn’t tempting, blueberry wine slushies and beer will also be available.

People can satisfy hunger pangs with snacks from popular food trucks such as Lobster Dog, Tacos El Jefe, and the Donut Bus. For dessert, there is blueberry ice cream.

New this year, around twenty vendors will present their carpentry, jewellery, interior decoration and other handicrafts.

“I wanted to add something different this year,” said Pam Gregory. “I wanted all the unique items you can’t buy in a store, and I wanted to support the local community.”

The Gregorys expect about 600 people to attend the celebration, up from 400 last year. This means they are well on their way to gradually expanding the event.

“We just continue to try to slowly grow and raise awareness of North Carolina and North Carolina blueberries,” said Alan Gregory. “We are trying to promote the state.”

The festival costs $5 to attend. No outside food or alcohol is allowed in the festival.

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