Blueberry Heaven

by | Jul 24, 2020 | Food & Drink, Pender County, Tourism, Visit, Shop & Play

The Pender County Blueberry Trail leads residents and visitors to all the berry goodness in one of the largest blueberry-growing regions in the state.

If you love blueberries, Pender County is the place for you.

Pender County is one of the largest blueberry-growing locations in North Carolina. To help residents and visitors enjoy all that blueberry goodness, Pender County Tourism has created the Blueberry Trail. The trail highlights fresh blueberries, points of interest to Pender County’s blueberry culture and places to shop for fantastic blueberry merchandise and homemade favorites.

The 2020 North Carolina Blueberry Festival T-Shirt. Source: Facebook/@ncblueberryfestival

“Pender County is home to everything blueberry,” says Pender County Tourism Assistant Olivia Dawson.

Along the trail you can find a delicious variety of blueberry desserts, jams and merchandise being sold at farms, markets, shops and businesses. Blueberry season is typically from May to July. During that time Pender County produces millions of berries that are sold to businesses, residents and visitors by the pints, pounds, or flats.

Pender County and the Town of Burgaw host the North Carolina Blueberry Festival, founded in 2003 and held annually on the third weekend in June. While the festival was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, the premier event for Pender County and the Town of Burgaw typically attracts more than 50,000 visitors and will return in 2021. Related events include the Annual Blueberry Pancake Breakfast each February, the N.C. Blueberry Scholarship Pageant and the annual New Year’s Eve Blueberry Drop.

Try a Frozen Blueberry Lemonade at Brown Dog Coffee Company in Burgaw. Photo: Brenna Alvis

For more information:
or download the PocketSights app for details on the Blueberry Trail Blueberry Treasures you can find.

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Michelle Macken

Michelle Macken