I am delighted to be working with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to highlight an awesome NC business that will be at the Homegrown Fare, which is an activity at the Got to Be NC Festival, May 19-21.

I received product and swag from Sunshine Beverages during our interview at their offices in downtown Winston-Salem, and I’ve integrated their product into my crazy life to offer a real, honest opinion.

And, of course, recommendations on great recipes…

I’ve heard about the Got To Be NC Festival in the past. Wanted to go, but didn’t make it happen.

I am really pleased that it popped back on my radar this year through this experience. I can’t wait to go – and the kid is really excited about fair food (not sure where he gets that propensity for #yummygoodness) and rides!

You’ll find me in my Sunshine Beverages tee, taking pictures and filming a Facebook Live. I’d love to see you there.

Got To Be NC Businesses at the Homegrown Fare

There are a couple of things you need to know…

First, the Got To Be NC Festival is FREE. Just head over to the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh and grab a parking spot (also free). It’s a great opportunity to get the whole family out for a day of fun!

Second, the Homegrown Fare is an activity within the Festival. It’s presented by Lowes Foods and you’ll see North Carolina food companies, breweries and wineries sampling and selling some of the best #yummygoodness NC has to offer! It costs $3 for adults and kids 12 and under can get in free.

If you have a Lowes Foods Fresh Rewards Card, you can get two tickets FREE.

Bring your card. Get in free. Sample the fatty-nibbles, y’all!

And, of course, drink some Sunshine!

Learn about my introduction to Sunshine Beverages, a better-for-you energy drink.

Drink the Sunshine


If you attend the Homegrown Fare and grab a Got To Be NC goodie from any of the vendors, make sure that you bring your purchase to the Got To Be NC booth. There’s going to be some fun props – don’t miss out on the fun!


Get a Got To Be NC freebie! The first 100 attendees at the Homegrown Fare who mention reading my blog (or any of the ones that are listed below) will receive a gift at the Got To Be NC booth. Do it! And then, let me know what you got!

Be the Sunshine

Don’t forget to check out my recipes for cocktails made with Sunshine!

If you’re planning to attend this weekend, let me know! If we’re there at the same time, the kid and I would love to connect! And if you’re brave enough to join me on a Facebook Live…well, you KNOW I’d love that!

It’s been great getting a chance to meet other NC bloggers through this experience. Take a look at the list below. There’s a lot of great vendors and recipes coming out of our home state!

Don’t miss this opportunity to support all the good – GREAT – things that are happening in North Carolina!

Got to be NC Blogger Posts for #HomeGrownFare17