What began as a trial event with a few area BBQ competitors has turned into an annual tasting and listening bonanza. On Saturday, October 12, that “bonanza” returns, bigger and better than ever, at Oak City Brewing Company’s BBQ and Bluegrass Festival, “Oak and Smoke.”

This years’ BBQ and Bluegrass Festival will be the 4th annual Oak and Smoke event held at the Knightdale brewery. Located adjacent to Knightdale Station Park at 616 North First Avenue in Knightdale, Oak City Brewing is Knightdale’s first craft brewery. This years’ BBQ and Bluegrass festival begins at 12:00 p.m. and runs until 8:00 p.m.


The BBQ Cookoff at this years’ Oak and smoke Festival features pulled pork and pork loin.

You be the Judge: “Pigging Out” Times Two at 2019 Oak and Smoke

The portion of the BBQ and Bluegrass Festival that puts the “Smoke” in “Oak and Smoke” is the annual BBQ cookoff. For the very first time in the event’s four-year history, there will be two separate BBQ competitions. The best part of the BBQ cookoff though is the judging, which is done by YOU!

Each “cookoff” will consist of 10 competitors, with the first round of “smoking” featuring pork loin. The second competition will also have up to 10 competitors making delicious pulled pork to be judged by those in attendance. Up to 250 free samples in each of these categories will be given out and winners are announced two hours after this.

“Oak and Smoke” BBQ and Bluegrass Festival “Cookoff” Schedule

  • 1:00 p.m.– Pork Loin BBQ Cookoff Sample Tickets Passed Out
  • 3:00 p.m.– Pork Loin BBQ Cookoff Winner Announced
  • 5:00 p.m.– Pulled Pork BBQ Cookoff Sample Tickets Passed Out
  • 7:00 p.m.– Pork Loin BBQ Cookoff Winner Announced

From “Smokin'” to “Pickin'”: A Day of Great Eats and Catchy Beats

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The sweet sounds of bluegrass will again be the backdrop all day long at the Oak and smoke Festival

On top of the delicious BBQ, there is also some “tasty” music for all to enjoy on October 12 at Oak City Brewing Co. You are welcomed to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on the lawn, as you enjoy the sweet, bluegrass sounds of some of the most talented musicians in the area.

The music starts at noon, and just in case anyone throughout the days’ events gets hungry, there will also be several food trucks on hand as well.

“Oak and Smoke” BBQ and Bluegrass Festival Music Schedule

  • 12:00-2:00 p.m.– Into the Fog
  • 2:30- 4:30 p.m. – Cumberland County Line Bluegrass
  • 5:00- 7:00 p.m.– Buckshot Betty

“Oak and Smoke” BBQ and Bluegrass Festival Food Truck Lineup and Schedule

  • 12:00-8:00 p.m– BBQ Proper
  • 12:00-8:00 p.m– Not Just Icing, Inc.
  • 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.– Wandering Moose
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The Wandering Moose will be one of several food trucks on hand for this event.

In addition to all of these great events, of course Oak City Brewing Company will be serving an impressive array of brews throughout the event. With over 20 different brews to choose from, the indoor Tap House and the outdoor Brew House are serving all day.

The Oak City Brewing Company has many great events much like the Oak and Smoke Festival throughout the calendar year. Being located literaly “on top” of the Knightdale Station new home community, it is a perfect spot to enjoy friends and fun close to home.

For more information on upcoming events at Oak City Brewing Co., visit their website here. Likewise, for all the latest on events at Knightdale Station go to


Whether it’s a sunny day and a stroll through the nearby park or walking trails. It could be all the great family events, social gatherings or restaurant options. Likewise, it might just be how much you love your new home in Knightdale at the Knightdale Station neighborhood. Regardless, it is hard to deny a  look around at residents seems to see one constant, a big smile. Thus, it is as no surprise to residents in town that Knightdale is in the Top 10 rankings for Happiest City in NC.

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The warm, sunny weather and beautiful scenery at spots like Mingo Creek Trail factor into Knightdale being a “Happy City.”

Who Decides the Happiest City in NC?

The experts at have been compiling rankings and studies such as this one for the past seven years. At their official site, they describe themselves as follow. HomeSnacks combines recent data from the Census, FBI, OpenStreetMaps, and dozens of other sources into studies to help you understand what it’s like to live in different communities across the country. “We have been professionally ranking cities, neighborhoods, counties, and states across America for over seven years.” They continue, “Our research takes into account the unique aspects of what it means to live in a particular location.” Concluding, the article states, “We crunch a complicated set of data points to rank cities in fun and interesting ways.”

A high percentage of happily married couples was another of the criteria which Knightdale scores highly in.

What Makes Somewhere the Happiest City in NC?

In the analysis process by, there is set criteria to research and calculate for each of their study. “To rank the happiest places in North Carolina,” Homesnack blogger, Nick Johnson explains. “We had to determine what criteria makes people happy.”  “It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free,” Johnson continues. “They have a stable home life and live where the weather is nice.” Johnson added, “So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer.”

“We threw a lot of criteria at this one to get the best, most complete results possible.” Johnson goes on, “Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Sperling’s Best Places, and Twitter, this is the criteria we used.” (See below)

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Employment rates
  • Cost of living
  • Percent of homeowners
  • Sunny days
  • Percent of married couples
  • Crime rate

The high percentage of homeowners at Knightdale Station and across town also factor into the overall happiness.

Why Exactly is Knightdale so “Happy?”

In the Homesnacks detailed research, it shows all municipalities and their rank in all of the above areas. Incredibly, with nearly 100 cities and towns ranked, Knightdale place in the upper 50 percent in every single category. Even more amazing is that in six of the nine areas judges, Knightdale was in the top twenty.

These areas that played a major factor in Knightdale placing as sixth Happiest City in NC are as follows. The town’s low cost of living and coupled high average median household income is sure residents happy. Likewise, a very low unemployment and divorce rate both scored high for Knightdale in the poll. Another area Knightdale scored well in was “sunny days,” as according to official statistics the sun shines brightly over 65 percent of the time in Knightdale.

With all of the incredible amenities and events at the Knightdale Station new home neighborhood, it is easy to be happy. To see more on the Happiest Cities in NC listings, visit For information on the great new homes available at the “happiest” community in town, Knightdale Station, visit











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The Town of Knightdale has “done it again!” It is safe to say that in a town “full of traditions,” they have created yet another. This one epitomizes the brisk air and the warm colors of the Fall for the third consecutive year. Of course, the setting is Knightdale Station Park, and the event we speak of is the Knightdale Mumkin Fest.


The whole family can come out to pick a pumpkin at the annual Knightdale Mumkin Fest event.

Back by popular demand, Mumkin Fest activities kick-off at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 28. The days’ festivities at Knightdale Station Park will run through until 2:00 p.m.

Fall, Food, Fun, and Family 

This years’ third installment of Knightdale Mumkin Fest will follow suit with an array of activities for the whole family. There will be live music to get the crowds on their feet, as some of the area’s finest talent will take the stage throughout. Adding “tradition to a tradition,” the always popular food trucks will also be on hand at Mumkin Fest. If you are planning to sit and enjoy the music all day, it is encouraged that you bring lawn chairs or some type of seating.

Knightdale Mumkin Fest: A Little Something for Everyone

Whether an adult or child, there is a bit of something that everyone will enjoy at the 3rd annual Knightdale Mumkin Fest. The kids always can have some fun bouncing around on the inflatables at the park. Likewise, children and parents alike can enjoy the return of the hayrides to Knightdale Station Park on September 28. There also will be plenty of local vendors and an on-site beer garden too.


The kids can look forward to many fun activities at Mumkin Fest, including the inflatables that will be on site.

Obviously, hence the name, the “feature” attraction is once again the Mum and Pumpkin patch. The whole family can pick out their pumpkins or mums together at the event. Consequently, there will be several pumpkin and mum themed activities throughout the day at Knightdale Mumkin Fest also.

Events/Attractions Scheduled for Mumkin Fest

  • Live Musical Performances
  • Vendors and Food Trucks
  • Mum and Pumpkin Patch
  • Inflatables
  • Hayrides
  • On-Site Beer Garden

For further information on the 3rd annual Knightdale Mumkin Fest and all the other great stuff coming up …at the Station, be sure to check the official Town of Knightdale website at Likewise, if you would like to see the beuatiful new homes in Knightdale available at Knightdale Station, visit