Spring Brings Antiques, Food & Fun to Downtown Pilot Mountain
Pilot Mountain’s welcoming Main Street naturally attracts travelers, shoppers and diners. The quaint foothills town, named for the landmark quartzite knob just a mile or so south, houses a mix of mom-and-pop retail shops, antiques stores, cafes, coffeehouses and bed-and-breakfast inns.
This Main Street infrastructure makes Pilot Mountain a popular destination in this era of downtown revitalization.
“Developers all over are now building developments that look like mini-downtowns,” says Scott Needham of the Pilot Mountain Tourism Development Authority. “We don’t have to build a shopping center that looks like downtown because we have a great downtown.”
Three upcoming events this spring focus on downtown Pilot Mountain, bringing people into town, supporting local businesses and increasing awareness and funding for upcoming projects.
Pilot View Vintage Market on Saturday, April 21, turns downtown into an antiques marketplace with 130 vendors interspersed with Main Street businesses. The first Vintage Market took place in November, and it was so successful that organizers soon began planning a spring event.
Vendors from all over offer a variety of merchandise, such as antique furniture, jewelry, home and yard decor, artisan soaps, turned wood pieces and other handcrafted items.
“Our Main Street already has that neat vintage look to it, so it works really well for this sort of thing,” Needham says.
Six food trucks, specializing in Mexican fare, Southern home cooking, Thai food, barbecue, cheesecakes and cupcakes, will serve hungry attendees.
The Vintage Market also coincides with the opening day of the Pilot Mountain Farmers Market, which takes place downtown each Saturday, 9 a.m. till noon.
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A week later, on Saturday, April 28, the Foothills Dinner on Main transforms Main Street into an alfresco dining venue as 125 people gather around a long table. The six-course menu involves six chefs, each preparing a course using locally sourced ingredients. The lineup includes Surry County chefs, as well as chefs from nearby Winston-Salem. Each course is paired with local wines and beers, and live music will accompany the dinner.
Proceeds from the evening go toward a future greenway project to connect the town of Pilot Mountain with its namesake peak.
To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.
In May, longtime Pilot Mountain favorite Mayfest returns on Mother’s Day weekend, May 11-13. The 37th annual festival includes handmade arts and crafts, plants and flowers, children’s games and activities, local musicians and festival food. The shops and restaurants along Main Street add to the lively atmosphere.
To make plans for Mayfest weekend, click here.
April 29, 2016
Elkin Roots Music Fest
This is the fourth annual free event planned by Elkin Valley Fiddlers, an associate member of Foothills Arts Council.
April 21, 2017
The Upcoming Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival
“We’re in the heart of the largest wine-growing area in the state; we have a strong musical heritage, and the mountains are our backdrop for it all,” says Bob Meinecke, festival director.
May 25, 2017
This Weekend in Surry County
Food will be available for purchase at the Harvest Grill Express, or you may bring a picnic while you enjoy the beautiful Shelton Vineyards grounds, as well as the Corvettes on display.
May 16, 2017
Sip Your Way Through the Yadkin Valley at Festival on May 20
The Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area — the first federally recognized wine-growing region in North Carolina — is now home to nearly 40 wineries.