Pork, Pickles, & Peanuts

Each year we celebrate North Carolina food culture and history with our Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: Tastes of NC Festival. This extremely tasty event includes a BBQ and Pie contest. Guests can taste the BBQ and pick a People's Choice winner of their own.

The food is not the only thing taking center stage. This year, Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends will be taking the stage for two can't miss performances!

Down at the Historic Home of the Duke family, food continues to be the theme with historic cooking demonstrations. Beyond the kitchen, you can visit the rest of the Duke family's 1852 home and outside enjoy 19th century games and toys.

Food definitely is the focus of the day, but make sure you don't leave without visiting our many talented local
arts and crafts vendors. Pork, Pickles and Peanuts allows you to fill your stomach and support North Carolina artists at the same time! 

Don't forget to check out or even participate in our 1940's  mock Tobacco Queen Pageant! Tobacco Queens are a Harvest Festival tradition and each year we crown a new Tobacco Queen at Pork, Pickles, & Peanuts.

Pork, Pickles & Peanuts: Tastes of North Carolina
Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends 
LIVE on Stage!
Saturday, July 12th, 2014
10 a.m. - 4p.m. 

Schedule of Events 

Main Stage:

10:00 am - 11:00 am: Little River Cloggers

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends

12:30 pm: BBQ Competition Winners Announced

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: People's Choice Winner Announced

1940's Tobacco Queen  Pageant

3:30 pm: Raffle Winners Announced

All Day in the Museum:

Find the Pigs Scavenger Hunt

Where's Waldo Portrait Gallery

Site Orientation Film 15 minutes before and after each hour 

All Day in the Festival Area:

Arts and Crafts Vendors

People's Choice BBQ Voting (11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Make and Take Crafts

Welcome Booth and Raffle Table

All Day in the Historic Area:

Everything but the Oink historic cooking demonstrations

Pickle making

Peanut Boil

19th Century Games and Toys

Parlor Games

Dress Up Trunk

19th Century Fiddle and Banjo Music 

Enter the Duke Homestead Pie Competition!

Do you make a particularly perfect pie? Why not enter it in our Pie Competition? There are prizes on the line for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners as well as a great deal of pie-making pride!


   Entry drop-off ends at 10:30AM.  Entries must be dropped off at the Welcome Table along with their ingredient lists.  Entries should be clearly labeled with the contestant’s contact information (as indicated below).


   Persons aged 7 and over are eligible to enter. There is only one entry per person. All persons involved in the production of the competition are prohibited from entering. You must be pre-registered to enter. 

   All pie entries must be baked in an aluminum foil pan, and pans will not be returned.  An ingredient list must accompany each entry.  Please state if the recipe is original or the source of the recipe on the ingredient list.  All ingredient lists must be clearly printed or typed on an 8.5x11” sheet of paper; please include your NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, RECIPE NAME, RECIPE CATEGORY, and SOURCE OF RECIPE.

We ask that contestants bake and bring two pies to ensure that there is enough pie for the judges.

JUDGING:  Entries will be judged for taste, presentation, and creativity.  This is a blind judging competition, and all decisions of the judges are final.


   There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place designations. Awards will be announced at 12PM at the outdoor stage.


   By participating in this event, contestants agree to abide by the contest rules and decisions of the judges.  Entrants will agree to release Duke Homestead and all who participate in the production of this event from any liability without limitation.

To register, fill out and submit the form below OR download and submit the form HERE. 

Duke Homestead Pie Contest Sign Up

By submitting this form you agree to the contest rules and regulations as stated above.

Pork, Pickles, & Peanuts is made possible thanks to a sponsorship from Leaf Filter Gutter Protection 

Duke Homestead State Historic Site
2828 Duke Homestead Road
Durham, North Carolina 27705
(919) 477 - 5498


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