Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival received International Bluegrass Music Association nomination

Staff Report

WILKESBORO — Carolina In The Fall Music and Food Festival presented by Wilkes Communications, Inc. received one of five nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for 2015 Event of the Year Momentum Award.

“We certainly never expected to receive a nomination and are honored to be considered alongside some of the nation’s best festivals,” said Dale Isom, festival organizer. “This will inspire us to work even harder to make Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival an event that all of Wilkes can be very proud of.”

The IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The IBMA Awards Ceremony Show will take place on Sept. 29 in Raleigh.

The IBMA Event of the Year Award recognizes events (festivals, concerts, other live performance productions) for their outstanding accomplishment and service to bluegrass music in the field of event production. The event must have taken place during the current IBMA Award eligibility period. The recipients will be judged by the committee for their overall contributions to the field of event production, professionalism and quality of presentation, work furthering bluegrass in their area of service and demonstrated ability to foster bluegrass music’s image.

In its’ second year, Carolina in the Fall continues its’ tradition of celebrating the heritage of western North Carolina through music, food and beverage. The festival has already become an annual pilgrimage for folks all over the United States. This year’s festival will be held on Sept. 23 and 24 in downtown Wilkesboro. More than 100 musicians, chefs, vintners and craft beer brewers from the region will gather on Main Street to engage audiences with the best of their craft.

Each evening during the festival, the Kruger Brothers will host the Carolina Jam at the Yadkin Valley Event Center at the Wilkesboro Holiday Inn Express. Artists from each day will come together to present once in a lifetime, unforgettable jam sessions. Last year’s Jams were the talk of the festival and beyond. These sessions are available to those that purchase a VIP ticket.

In addition to great music, those that attend the festival will enjoy some of North Carolina’s best food as food trucks from across the state will bring their amazing recipes to feed the masses and vie for the coveted Carolina in the Fall Food Truck Championship Award.

Local accommodations consist of campgrounds and area hotels. The town of Wilkesboro is opening up the Sewerfest Campground for the Carolina in the Fall festival. Contact them at to reserve a campsite or click the link on the festival website.

Tickets are still available in limited supply for the Sept. 23 and 24 festival. Event tickets are available at Single Day passes are $35, Two Day pass $6. The VIP package that includes both days and the evening jam sessions is $100. Passes will be available at the festival if not sold out.

Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival is made possible through the partnership of Heart of Folk, LLC, Wilkes Communications, Inc., the Kruger Brothers and town of Wilkesboro.

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