Don’t miss the heart of Carolina Jubilee — the food and drinks

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Food and drinks are necessary components of most music festivals, but at Carolina Jubilee, they’re the very heart of the festival.

Zack Wyatt founded Carolina Jubilee, now in its third year, as a major fundraiser for Carolina Farm Trust, which protects farmland and works with Carolina farmers, helping them to become profitable and sustainable.

So it’s no surprise that the food at the festival is a step up from usual festival food. No disrespect to fried Oreos and corndogs, but vendors at Carolina Jubilee are taking it in a different direction.

Chef Clark Barlowe from Heirloom is cooking homemade lamb hot dogs, as well as pork hot dogs and even mushroom hot dogs. He’ll have a big open fire where you can cook the hot dogs yourself if you’d like to.

Chef Njathi Kabui is creating a menu based on roasted goat and Chef Harrison Littel is cooking up pork barbeque. Kel Minton from Soul Gastrolounge is mixing five signature cocktails.

Some of the other vendors include King of Pops, Summit Coffee, Fullsteam Brewery, Primal Brewery, Carolina Farmhouse Dairy, Updog Kombucha and Dover Vineyard.

The point: you won’t go hungry. Or thirsty.

The festival takes place Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30, at VanHoy Farms, 742 Jericho Road, Harmony, about an hour from Charlotte.

Music will start at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and at 11 a.m. Saturday. All in all 18 bands and artists will perform, many from the Carolinas, including Acoustic Syndicate, Susto, Amigo, Sinners & Saints, Time Sawyer, Groove 8 and Swim in the Wild.

You can check out the artists on this Spotify playlist.

Bringing the kids? Iredell Parks & Recreation is providing a corn pit and hay bale maze. Plus, artist Lindsay Kosma is creating a painting each night, with a twist. She’s going to have kids paint on it for a couple hours and then she will apply her touches to it. Each painting will then be available through a silent auction.

One-day tickets are $35 and two-day tickets are $55. Kids under 15 are admitted for free. Parking is $10. Two nights of tent camping is $10.

Get tickets here.

Photos: Carolina Jubilee

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