Events

Pimento Cheese Festival

Apr 13, 2024
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Downtown Cary Park 327 S. Academy St. Cary, NC 27511

Pimento cheese is a southern delicacy worth celebrating. Come enjoy the nation’s only festival dedicated specifically to pimento cheese!

A new date, more vendors, and, of course, more pimento cheese! This year’s Pimento Cheese Festival is set to be the best yet with more activities and a larger event footprint including Downtown Cary Park.

TEXT “DCP” to 515-97 for day of updates!

Schedule of Events

The Pimento Cheese Festival is from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Visitors can enjoy food from more than 50 vendors, live music, trivia at The Bark Bar, games, the annual pimento cheese sculpting contest and more.

TIMEPROGRAMLOCATION
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Wake Moody PerformanceGreat Lawn Pavilion
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.ZimZoom Photo BoothThe Bark Bar
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.Food Trucks and Breweries (see list below)Surrounding the Park
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.Pimento Cheese MarketplaceFrantz Square
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.KnockerballPark Street Arena
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.Cheese Carving by Sarah KaufmannAcademy Pavilion
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.Cheese Wiz TriviaThe Bark Bar
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.Wake Moody PerformanceGreat Lawn Pavilion
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.Pimento Cheese Sculpting Contest – Sign up for Heat 1 or Heat 2Great Lawn Pavilion
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.Wake Moody PerformanceGreat Lawn Pavilion

FESTIVAL MAP

See below for food truck locations.

Food & Beverage

There will be a variety of food trucks and vendors delivering their regular menus as well as unique pimento cheese-infused dishes. Check out the list of vendors below.

VENDORSPIMENTO CHEESE ITEMSLOCATION
Andia’s Ice CreamPimento Cheese Ice Cream30
Annelore’s German BakeryPimento Cheese Pretzels
Pimento Cheese Scones
25
BaconessenceThe Pimento Melt
Double Dog w/ pimento add-on option
Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Jalapeno Cheddar Brat w/ pimento add-on option
11
Baltic BitesZrazy Ground Chicken Roll Bites w/ Pimento Cheese
Lithuanian Dark-Rye Garlic Bread w/ Pimento Cheese
Dip
17
Beefy BunsBrisket and Pimento Eggrolls – Braised Beef Brisket & Pimento served with Balsamic Reduction Drizzle
Fried Chicken & Pimento Cheese Sandwich – Fried Chicken Breast, Arugula, melted Pimento Cheese
3
Black Creek BreweryN/A38
BobasaurPimento Cheese & Tajin Rimmed Cup for all Fruit Teas and Lemonade Drinks9
Bond Brothers Beer Co.N/A29
Boozie BakesPimento Cheese Cupcakes13
Brueprint Brewing CompanyN/A28
Buff-O-LinaPimento Cheese Chicken Wings 
Pimento Cheese Fries 
Pimento Cheese Hot Dog 
Pimento Cheese Beef On Weck
12
Bull City CiderworksN/A39
Charlie’s Kabob Grill on WheelsPimento Cheese Pretzel Bites
Pimento Cheese Chicken Wrap
32
Che EmpanadasPimento Cheese Empanadas
Chipas (Colombian-Style Cheese Puffs) w/ Pimento Cheese
20
Dusty DonutsMini Donuts Drizzled with Pimento Cream Cheese Icing 22
Flattz Signature FlatbreadsChicken & Pimento Sandwich – Grilled Chicken, Pimento Cheese, Greens, Roasted Red Peppers, Banana Peppers & Green Onions
Pimento Grilled Cheese – Pimento Cheese, Applewood Bacon and Green Onions
34
Fortnight BrewingN/A27
Golden K DogKDog topped with Pimento Cheese & Flaming Hot Cheetos
Pimento Cheese Fries
23
Green Onions BistroChicken Teriyaki Pimento Cheese Dumplings w/ Sweet Chili Sauce & Garnished w/ Pickled Jalapeños 
Pimento Sandwich/Sub – Chicken, Beef Birria or Tofu options
10
Gussy’s GreekGreek Pimento Burger
Pimento Feta Cheese Balls 
19
Hatchet Brewing CompanyN/A37
Hot Chix Hot Cakes and ChickenCheesy Chix – Pancake Fried Chicken Tacos w/ Pimento Cheese & Hot Honey
Cheesy Chicken Tots – Tater Tots Covered in Pimento Cheese w/ Chicken and Hot Honey
40
JAM Soft Serve Ice CreamPimento Cheese Milkshake18
Jolly’s Catering and EventsPimento Cheese Big Mama Wrap
Pimento Cheese Mac N Cheese
Pimento Cheese Chili Cheese Fries 
5
Mama Birds Ice CreamPimento Cheese Ice Cream7
Mesas El Salvador Pimento Cheese Pupusas
Pimento Cheese Sliders w/ Roasted Pulled Pork 
1
Mr. A’s Beignets3 Traditional Beignets w/ Pimento Cheese2
Mr. Puebla TacosPimento Poppers – Open-Faced Jalapeños filled with Pimento Cheese & Brisket 
Pimen-taco: Fresh Corn Tortilla w/ Pimento Cheese & choice of protein, topped with Cilantro and Onions. Jalapeños optional
16
Oink N MooSmoked Brisket & Pimento Quesadilla
Smoked Brisket & Pimento Grilled Cheese
14
Red, White, Bubbly, and BrewN/A36
Royal Cheesecake & VarietiesPimento Cheese Pound Cake 
Pimento Cheese Cheesecake
33
Safari EatzPimento Mac & Cheese Samosa
Roasted Goat w/ Pimento Cheese Sliders 
6
The Heights Dominican KitchenGreen Plantain Smash w/ Pimento Cheese Shmear & Choice of Dominican Salami or Cheese or All Three 
Pimento Mac and Cheese topped w/ Choice of Protein
Pimento Cheese Loaded Fries w/ Choice of Protein
8
The Paddy WagonBrisket Melt or Pastrami on Rye w/ Melted Pimento Cheese
Pimento Cheese Croquettes (Irish Potato Based Dumplings) 
21
The Portable PortugyPimento Pork-A-Cheese: Mac & Cheese w/ Chouriço (Portuguese Sausage), melted São Jorge & Topo Azorean Pimento cheese and Portuguese-style pickled peppers, tossed with Cavatappi pasta 
Pimento Portugy Cheese Fries: French fries, topped w/ Portuguese Style Pimento cheese, sautéed Chouriço (Portuguese Sausage), Garlic, Onions, Piri Piri drizzle and Scallions
24
Truman’s Smokehouse and KitchenPimento Cheese Brisket Sliders 
Pimento Cheese & Brisket Jalapeno Poppers 
Pimento Cheese & Bacon Jam Finger Sandwiches 
Pimento Cheese & Smoked Bacon BLT 
Pimento Cheese & Pepper Relish Quesadilla  
Pimento Cheese & Brisket Nachos 
35
Ultimate Egg RollsMac and Pimento Cheese Ranch Egg Roll  
Pimento Cheese Philly Cheesesteak Egg Roll 
15
Vicious Fishes BreweryN/A26
Vic’s Pizza TruckAir Fried Pimento Cheese Balls
Classic Pimento Cheese Sandwich Squares
4
Virgil’s JamaicaPimento Cheese Rasta Pasta 
Pimento Cheese Stuffed Chicken Pattie’s 
31

Market 317 serves incredible snacks, coffee, beer, wine and more. They will have their own pimento cheese for sale.

The Bark Bar serves beer, wine and prosecco and features light snacks as well.

GETTING TO THE EVENT

The Park is located at 327 South Academy Street Cary, NC 27511.

Make the most of the free GoCary bus service to easily access the Park. All eight GoCary bus routes conveniently connect at the Cary Depot which is less than half a mile from the Park. To plan your trip or access the GoCary Ride Guide please, visit GoCary.org.

FREE PUBLIC PARKING OPTIONS: 

Please note, the following parking lots and areas will not be open to the public: 

  • S. Academy St will be closed from Park St. to Dry Ave from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Dry Ave will be closed between Faculty Ave and Walnut St from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • The parking lot on Charlie Gaddy Lane (Old Library Site)

Accessibility

Downtown Cary Park strives to provide a positive experience for all guests. Our goal is to accommodate you and meet your individual needs. Please fill out the event accessibility form here and a staff member will be in contact with you.