If your taste buds are intact, you'll agree that Cheerwine is an elite soft drink, often not getting all the praise it deserves. The sweet soda comes straight out of North Carolina, and it's forever a staple of the Old North State. Downtown Salisbury is going to transform into a black-cherry haven for one day during the North Carolina Cheerwine Festival in May

This is a festival unlike anything else in the nation. Only in North Carolina will you get a taste of all the ways that Cheerwine can be used. Not only will there be endless beverages, but you can also experiment on the adventurous side and try some Cheerwine-infused tacos and hushpuppies. 

Don't worry about if you're getting the real deal or not - Cheerwine is partnering with festival organizers, so you'll only be tasting the best of the best of sodas. 

On top of all the food (with some options costing as little as $3), you'll be surrounded by live music on giant stages, plenty of vendors that sell more than food, and games that could win you a cute little prize or two.

For the adults, you can rejoice because there's an official booze garden this year, filled with beer and some spiked Cheerwine. 

The festival attendees have doubled ever since its opening in 2017, so you can expect to rub shoulders with thousands of other Cheerwine-loving locals and out-of-towners. Last year's festival amassed a whopping 60,000 people

Even better for attendees, this year they're on the hunt for local artists to design the official festival t-shirts. You could be the lucky recipient of a hotel stay, Cheerwine gift basket and some "downtown dollars" to use during the festival. 

For more foodie fests, check out this donut festival and oh so savory chocolate festival coming soon.

Cheerwine Festival

Price: Free 

When: May 16*

Address: Salisbury, NC 

Why You Need To Go: You can spend an entire day eating and drinking Cheerwine everything with people who love it as much as you. 


* This article has been updated