This year’s North Carolina Peach Festival in Candor, July 13-15, will get an additional boost from neighboring Moore County as the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau debuts its inaugural Peach Week celebration.
Peach Week will run July 13-22 and will feature a restaurant week competition, farmers market experiences, support for Bluesfest 2023 at the Sunrise Theater, Peach Night with the Sandhills Bogeys, a Power Cars and Peaches event at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, a Peach Week 5k run and much more.
“We are pleased to partner with the state festival in Candor to expand on the celebration of peaches,” says Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Phil Werz. “As an organization, we are always seeking ways to engage visitors and locals with fun and unique experiences like we have done this with the Year of the Trail initiatives. There’s plenty of things to choose from during Peach Week and we encourage everyone to get out and enjoy as many of these activities as you can.”
The Peach Week restaurant competition includes more than a dozen Moore County dining establishments and breweries offering peach-inspired creations including entrees, desserts, salads, beers, ciders or wine. Participants will be able to vote for their favorites throughout the promotion. Restaurants include Ashten’s, Bell Tree Tavern, Chef Warren’s, Elliott’s on Linden, HomeGrown, Ironwood, Mason’s Restaurant and Grocery, Scott’s Table and Wolcott’s. Places offering peach beer, cider or wine include Southern Pines Brewing Company, Hatchet Brewery, James Creek Cider House, Railhouse Brewery, Pinehurst Brewing Company, Southern Pines Growler Company and Watering Can Wines.
Bluesfest happens on July 14-15 at the Sunrise Theater and will feature indoor and outdoor performances showcasing some of the best blues artists in the region highlighted by Vasti Jackson, Idlewood South, Linwood Taylor, Harvey Dalton Arnold and many more. Tickets can be purchased via www.ticketmesandhills.com.
Other individual events are scheduled as follows:
Sunday, July 16 | 1-4 pm
Power Cars and Peaches
Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities
Stroll the shaded grounds to admire vintage and classic cars made possible by the Sandhills Motoring Club while enjoying entertainment from local musical favorite Whiskey Pines. Free peach ice cream will be provided by Gilbert’s Ice Cream courtesy of the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area CVB.
Sunday, July 16 | 5 pm
“Life is a Peach” Night with the Sandhills Bogeys
Bogeys Field, Sandhills Community College
Watch the defending Old North State League champion Sandhills Bogeys take on the High Point Hushpuppies. The first 100 fans receive a free scoop of peach ice cream provided by Gilbert’s Ice Cream courtesy of the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area CVB. Families attending the game will receive a copy of the book, “A Trip to the Peach Orchard” as a gift from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Tuesday, July 18 | 6-8 pm
Pitch n’ Peach at Longleaf Golf and Family Club
Tee it up on the beautiful Bottlebrush short course at Longleaf Golf and Family Club while enjoying some peach refreshments and prizes! For $15 per person, compete for tournament prizes for first through third place and closest to the pin on all holes. Adults can enjoy complimentary peach beer from Pinehurst Brewing Company while the kids indulge in peach ice cream. Registration is open to the first 50 people, so call the pro shop at 910.692.6100.
Wednesday, July 19 | 6 pm
Movie Night – Sunrise Theater
Enjoy the movie, “James and the Giant Peach.” Bring at least one (1) can of store-bought, non-perishable peaches and receive complimentary admission. Families will also receive a copy of the book, “A Trip to the Peach Orchard” as a gift from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
July 19-22 | 1-7 pm
Peach Wine Tasting
Watering Cans Wine Bar, Tyson Sinclair Building, downtown Carthage
Enjoy complimentary tastings of North Carolina Peach Wine.
Thursday, July 20 | 6:30 pm
Peach Week 5K Fun Run
FirstHealth Pinehurst Fitness Center will host a Peach Week 5K Fun Run. The cost to participate is $10 with all proceeds going to the FirstHealth cancer Care Fund. Participants will receive healthy snacks, water, an event sticker and a scoop of peach ice cream from Stellar Scoops. Organizers include FirstHealth Fitness Pinehurst and Village of Pinehurst Parks and Recreation.
Thursday, July 20 | 2-5 pm
Peach Preservation Workshop
Moore County Agricultural Building, 700 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage
Enjoy a 3-hour peach preservation workshop and learn how to pickle peaches hosted by the Moore Cooperative Extension Service. The cost is $20.00 per person. Sign up by July 14.
Saturday, July 22 | 1 pm
Sandhills Trolley Company – Peach Week Foodie Tour
Foodie Tours is partnering up with the Sandhills Trolley Company to bring you mobile food tours! Take full advantage of Peach Week by tasting different peach-themed meals, stopping by a local fruit stand and having some peach drinks! This tour features a variety of peach-themed stops and drinks, all included in the price of $85.00 per person.
Saturday, July 22 | 2-7 pm
James Creek Cider House – Peach A’Palooza
Enjoy complimentary cidery and orchard tours while listening to live entertainment. There will be plenty of peachy experiences as well with peaches for sale and peach cider slushies.
Area Farmers Markets will also be offering peaches and peach products during the celebration. Find farmers markets at the following locations during Peach Week:
Thursday, July 13 and 20 at the Southern Pines Armory on Morganton Road from 9 am-1 pm. Saturday, July 15 and 22 in downtown Southern Pines at the corner of Broad St. and New York Ave. from 8 am until noon. And at the Carthage Farmer’s Market at 110 S. Ray St. on Friday, July 21 from 2-6 pm.
For more details and how to purchase specific event tickets, visit the official Peach Week event page at: https://www.homeofgolf.com/peach-week/.