Ocracoke readies for annual fig festival

Figs on Ocracoke Island (Photo courtesy of Trudy Austin)

OCRACOKE, Hyde County - It's the best time of the year to completely fig out - the annual Ocracoke Fig Fest is here.

The two-day festival on Ocracoke Island starts Friday evening and features booths of locally made fig creations, fig history, fig tastings, a fig cake bake-off, a square dance along with crafts and games. The festival celebrates the fruit that was first brought to the 16-square mile island more than two centuries ago.

There are at least nine types of figs that grow on the island.

A full schedule of events is listed below:

Friday, August 18 6 - 8 p.m. Ocracoke Preservation Society, 49 Water Plant Rd -- Learn about Ocracoke figs with local expert Chester Lynn -- Fig Preserves Tasting Contest - buy at ticket and vote for your favorite! -- Listen to local band Molasses Creek and go to a traditional Ocracoke Square Dance -- Taste free fig cake samples and other refreshments available for purchase

Saturday, August 19 Ocracoke Community Square 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Submit your Fig Cake Bake-Off entries! 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shop local with local vendors selling fig-tastic goods 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Live music, Kids Activities, Ocracoke Fig Talk and Fig Cake Baking Workshop 2 p.m. Learn about Ocracoke Figs with local expert Chester Lynn 3 p.m. Fig Cake Baking Workshop with Lauren Strohl 4 p.m. Fig Cakes on Display! Judging broadcast live on WOVV 90.1 FM 5 p.m. Fig-for-All Free Fig Cake Samples! 7 p.m. Presentation of Fig Cake Awards 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Dance Party in Community Square with Ocracoke Rockers!

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