Down Home Food Fests

If you're looking for something fun to do this summer, you don't have to go too far. The Carolinas and surrounding southern destinations offer plenty of "down home" options that are sure to keep you busy. AAA Travel can help you plan your summer travel so you don't have to do the thinking. Whether it's enjoying a night out, or taking a road trip to a nearby festival, we've got you covered.  


Chances are, if you live in the Carolinas, you've been to, or have heard of Riverbanks Zoo. Beer and zoo animals are not necessarily a combination that you would automatically combine, but Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC really makes a party out of it. Brew at the Zoo will take place Friday, August 4th, 2017 from 7-9:30pm, where you’ll be able to sample over 100 imported, domestic and micro beers, enjoy special animal encounters, and enjoy live entertainment!  General public admission is $50 but leave the kiddos at home; No one under 21 is admitted.


Get blueberry recipes, taste fresh berries, and purchase blueberry products at the Cherokee Blueberry Festival. You’ll also have a chance to learn more about the nutritional value of blueberries and their cousin, the huckleberry; take part in a Cornhole Tournament; and see cultural demonstrations and a community talent show. This event is sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association and takes place at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds in Cherokee, NC. Gates open at 9am and admission is FREE.


Boiled peanuts are a southern tradition – a salty snack staple in much of the region. And, they are just what the name implies: raw peanuts boiled in salt water. The little town of Luverne, Alabama celebrates this iconic tradition with their annual Peanut Boil Festival. You’ll be able to partake of boiled peanuts, of course, but Luverne’s also includes an arts & crafts festival, live entertainment, activities for the kids, and a car show. The bash lasts all day (from 8am to 5pm) on September 30th, 2017 at Turner Park in Luverne, Alabama.


Built around the World Championship Brunswick Stew cook-off, the Taste of Brunswick Festival in Alberta, Virginia has grown to be much more. While the competing stewmasters prepare 4,200 quarts of Brunswick stew for judging and tasting, visitors can enjoy a Civil War reenactment, a car and antique tractor show, food and merchandise vendors, plus stagecoach rides. The kids are included too with train rides, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Lucky for you, the admission is FREE but you'll want to make sure you get their early because activities start at 10am on the campus of Southside Virginia Community College in Alberta, Virginia.

AAA Travel can help you plan the perfect summer activities or getaways. We can book your hotel, plan your itinerary, or reserve tickets to special events. Stop into one of our convenient AAA Travel locations to book a trip or gather more information. If you would like immediate assistance, call 1-800-444-8691. We are here to help you take the hassle out of planning so you can enjoy your free time.


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