The North Carolina Festival That Takes Great Joy In Making Grown Men Cry

Granville County is not like where you came from…we are “Uniquely Carolina”  – a Carolina that melds the endearing heart of hometown living with (individual) space, and easy accessibility – a rare fusion that allows you to define “experience” and “gathering” on your term… and compels you to come and take a breath, yet be only steps away.

Granville County festivals and events are also unique and uniquely Carolina. Our events are not just for attending, but for engaging with and becoming part of our community. Held September 11th (when the peppers are ripe) in Oxford, NC, the annual North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest is about engagement. Try the sauces, learn recipes, try the peppers… Dare to try the peppers. 

This festival is all about the foodie in you. From NC products, hot peppers, and more cool treats, you can walk the streets of Downtown Oxford and taste until your heart is content all in ONE day. Even the little ones can have their very own adventures in different tastes, smells and fun.

At the end of the day, you dance off all the great food in the middle of Main Street. Throw in an arts & crafts fair, breweries, wineries, kid’s activities, local restaurants AND shops, you have set yourself up for a day full of unique experiences that haven’t taken you far from home.

For more information on the NC Hot Sauce Festival and Contest in Oxford, NC on Saturday, September 11, visit 

Granville County brings together the best of small-town living and easy access to metropolitan amenities.