Event Description

The annual Got To Be NC Festival takes place May 14-16 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. You are invited to show, sample and sell your products in the Homegrown Marketplace located inside the 50,000 square foot Exposition Center. This is your chance to join over 100 other North Carolina food and beverage companies to promote your products to thousands of consumers!

The festival is a fun-filled weekend of rides, tractor parades, music and more! The three-day event highlights all the great things from North Carolina. Gate admission and parking are free, but there are charges for some of the events within the festival, including the Homegrown Marketplace in the Exposition Center.

Event Details

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2021


May 14, 2021
May 16, 2021


12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


From $200


North Carolina State Fairgrounds - Expo Center
1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

North Carolina State Fairgrounds - Expo Center

1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

Additional Information

This show is a unique opportunity to sample and sell your products. There are links to the rules and regulations below that provide you more details. “PREPARED FOODS” SUCH AS SANDWICHES, ENTREES, ETC. CANNOT BE SOLD. Some vendors will be required to obtain a Temporary Food Establishment Permit. Be sure to read the regulations sheet carefully. This event is your chance to reach consumers from across the state, offer recipes, get feedback, promote your brand and generate sales! Wineries may sample and sell their wines. Wine can be sold by the bottle, but only for off-premise consumption. Breweries may also sample and sell their beers. The sale of 6-packs, individual growlers and bombers can only be sold for off-premise consumption. The show features only food and beverage products (with the exception of spirits) made, processed or grown in North Carolina. A limited number of approved North Carolina-made crafts may exhibit, but first priority for exhibit space will be given to food and beverage products.

All vendors must provide a current Certificate of Liability Insurance for General Liability (COI) coverage listing both NCDA&CS and NC State Fair as additional insured, with an address of 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh NC 27607.  The minimum requirements are $1,000,000 Combined Single Limit for each occurrence.  An insurance company licensed to do business in North Carolina must issue the certificate.  Current Certificates of Insurance are due with submission of application.

Important Registration Information

If/when applications are approved, a confirmation email will be sent from sherry.barefoot@ncagr.gov.  At that time, a payment link will also be provided.  Approved exhibitors are encouraged to pay their booth fee within 48 hours of acceptance.  Booth spaces are not secure until payment is received.

For more information, email Sherry.Barefoot@ncagr.gov or call Sherry Barefoot at 919-707-3154.  We expect the show to sell out, so we encourage you to apply early!

***If any Got To Be NC member has a food truck or trailer and is interested in outside space at the Got To Be NC Festival, you may contact Letrice Midgett at Letrice.Midgett@ncagr.gov or 919-839-4502 for more information.  You can review the application and instructions for outside space at https://www.gottobencfestival.com/Vendors.htm .  Got To Be NC members would get preference over out-of-state and some other vendors, however like vendors/products will be limited.

GTBNC Festival 2020 Rules & Regulations (pdf)

GTBNC Festival 2020 How to Apply for an Individual TFE Permit (pdf)

GTBNC Festival 2020 State Fair Notice Sheet (pdf)

GTBNC Festival 2020 Certificate of Liability Insurance Example (pdf)

GTBNC Festival 2020 Promotional Sticker Letter & Form (pdf)


For more information, email flavors@ncagr.gov or contact Sherry Barefoot at 919-707-3154 or Sherry.Barefoot@ncagr.gov.