2018 NC Rice Festival

September 15th, 2018

The North Carolina Rice Festival celebrates our rice growing history and continued rice production; and in the south… we love to throw a party!
– WC Lanier / N.C. Rice Festival

Presenting Sponsor

North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce

Hello and a warm welcome from North Brunswick County!

Many folks from across the country have discovered what a wonderful place the gateway to Brunswick County is for families to live, work and play! We have so much to offer; scenic forests and waterways, a variety of neighborhoods and strong commercial growth that has encouraged the development of many retail centers.

Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville

The Town of Belville, which borders the Brunswick River, is home to Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville. This park provides an opportunity to separate yourself from the hustle-bustle of everyday life and connect with nature.



Live Music

The Big Kahuna’s Beach Party on Jammin 99.9

Saturday 10 AM to 2 PM

Live Music

Radio Traveler

Saturday 2 PM to 6 PM

Family Fun!

September 15th, 2018

  • Rice Cooking Contest
  • Live Music
  • Arts & Craft Vendors
  • Kids Play Area


September 15th, 2018
Saturday 9 – 6
Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville, NC



Two great articles and recipes:

Hope’s Cooking Column (Post-Voice)
Norm Harding’s Beacon Food Column (Brunswick Beacon)


North Carolina Rice Festival

Welcome to beautiful Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville, NC for the North Carolina Rice Festival, We invite you and your family to enjoy two full days of fun in this beautiful 22 acre park with a viewing deck on the Brunswick River. Festival events include live music both days, arts and craft vendors, an art contest, a rice cooking contest, a kids play area and a beer garden for the adults. Please join us in our celebration of the history and continued success of rice production in our area.

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History of Rice in North Carolina

With the permanent settlement of the Lower Cape Fear in the 1720s by a group of wealthy South Carolina planters, a new agricultural staple was introduced into North Carolina—rice. Rice by this time had proved to be the “golden grain” of South Carolina as tobacco had earlier become Virginia’s “golden leaf.” By 1700, rice was established as a major crop for the colonists. That year 300 tons of American rice, referred to as “Carolina Gold Rice,” was shipped to England.

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