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Spring Hootenanny & Foodie Fest

NC Eat & Play’s Spring Hootenanny & Foodie Fest, presented by Cheerwine, is set to bloom even bigger at Haven of Knightdale on April 13, 2024.

NC Eat & Play's Spring Hootenanny & Foodie Fest
NC Eat & Play's Spring Hootenanny & Foodie Fest

NC Eat & PLay’S

Spring Hootenanny & Foodie Fest

NC Eat & Play’s Spring Hootenanny & Foodie Fest, presented by Cheerwine, is set to bloom even bigger at Haven of Knightdale on April 13, 2024.

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Hi, I am Megan.

CHIEF CURATOR / TASTER / EXPLORER

As the proud founder of NC Eat & Play, I want to welcome you to our community. We want to be your destination for local wanderlusting in North Carolina. I created this space to help locals discover great food and activities for sensible budgets and everyday play. I’m proud to serve as a Chief Curator and influencer for North Carolinians, where every day, my team and I highlight and celebrate local businesses and establishments in North Carolina.

Like many, I consider my home the center of everything. I live in the greater Raleigh area where many of the food and play stories are naturally covered, but not all. I have a large audience following us from all over the state, and I participate in covering cities and towns far and wide as much as possible.

“We wholeheartedly want to inspire others to live abundantly local and enjoy all the riches of North Carolina.” – Megan Nichols

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NC Eat & Play's My Mama's NC Kitchen
The Butcher’s Market taught me to reverse sear my ribeye

The Butcher’s Market taught me to reverse sear my ribeye

Megan joins The Butcher's Market for a special My Mama's NC Kitchen episode and cooks with their Training Manager, Kenneth Wilkins in their Raleigh kitchen. Kenneth takes Megan through why the ribeye is the world's most popular meat selection and how reverse searing...

The Best Key Lime Pie Recipe

The Best Key Lime Pie Recipe

Key lime pie is one of the most refreshing desserts in existence, and I can't get enough of this recipe that changed my life forever! When my second son was born, one of my good friends and local bloggers, Beck of @beckeatsworld, brought our family dinner. Beck is a...

Pear & Honey Lavender Cheerwine Upside-Down Tart

Pear & Honey Lavender Cheerwine Upside-Down Tart

My Mama's NC Kitchen is taking on a popular TikTok recipe hack with Cheerwine. Get Ready To Turn Your Pastries Upside Down! This perfect elegant brunch dish has Cheerwine-drenched pears, honey, and a fragrant lavender finish. I know what you're thinking: Where does my...

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Sugar Mountain Ski Resort

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort gives you an exhilarating skiing and snowboarding experience in the Southeast without breaking the bank. Located near Banner Elk surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, its beauty and adventure has been enjoyed by families for over 50 years....

NC Bucket List for Thrill-Seekers

NC Bucket List for Thrill-Seekers

If you're looking for a bucket list that will get your adrenaline pumping in North Carolina, we have some thrilling suggestions! Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster Located in Banner Elk, Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster is good family fun for all levels of thrill seekers! The...

Where to Eat in Winston-Salem NC

Where to Eat in Winston-Salem NC

If you're looking for recommendations on where to eat in Winston-Salem, you've come to the right place! Winston-Salem is one of the first cities in North Carolina that I explored for NC Eat & Play. It's a quick hour and a half drive from Raleigh and is an area...

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