2012 Sourwood Festival is August 11-12

2012 Sourwood Festival logo by George White

The 35th annual Sourwood Festival in Black Mountain is just one month away. {Can you believe the year is going by this fast?!} The Sourwood Festival is a big-time small town mountain festival, with 200 vendors that you can browse, handmade arts and crafts, music, great food, activities for kids, and honey, honey, honey.

The Sourwood tree is one of western North Carolina’s native trees, and not only does it show off with white flower fronds in summer and in early fall with brilliantly bold red leaves {when most of the trees are still green}, but it’s also a source of sourwood honey, our local honey. The Sourwood Festival, sponsored by the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce, is a nod to this amazingly good honey, so along with checking out all the local art and craftwork in the area, listening to live music and tasting fabulous food, surrounded by the gorgeous Black Mountains, you’ll be able to see honey and bee demonstrations.

In conjunction with the festival, the annual Sourwood Idol amateur singing competition will open the festival on the evening of Friday, August 10. The Sourwood Festival itself will be Saturday and Sunday, August 11-12. And the Sourwood 5K, now in its 24th year, will be held in Black Mountain on Saturday, August 11, in conjunction with the festival.

If you’re a lover of small towns and summertime, you’ll truly enjoy the town of Black Mountain and the Sourwood Festival. And did we mention that festival admission is free?

Rooms are still available as of the time of this blog post.

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