“Sourwood honey is like the Cadillac of honeys,” says Bob McMurray, who organizes the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce’s annual celebration of the local sweet treat. In addition to honey and bee demonstrations, the 39th annual Sourwood Festival offers hourly live music performances, carnival rides and a kid fun park. Meanwhile, hundreds of vendors line Sutton Avenue and surrounding streets, selling eclectic foods and artisan wares — from carved candles to knives, educational wooden toys to lip balms, bonsai trees to leather belts and plenty more. Pets are welcome at this alcohol-free, family-friendly happening, which starts with The Sourwood Idol competition on Friday, Aug. 12, from 7 to 10 p.m., and continues with the vendor street fair on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. sourwoodfestival.com. Image courtesy of organizers
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