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

Fastest-Growing-City-in-NC- Knightdale NC Station

The town of Knightdale came in as the third Fastest Growing City in NC last year (2018). This would seem to leave little room for improvement upon the release of the 2019 numbers considering the consistent growth of many other NC municipalities. That coupled with the vast growth a town sees in ranking as high as number three, didn’t seem that it would give Knightdale a chance to move up. However, last month when these numbers were made public, it did show improvement for Knightdale. Thus, the town is listed for 2019 as the number one Fastest Growing City in NC.


Knightdale Mayor, James Roberson (pictured) spoke with Wake Weekly about the town being teh Fastest Growing City in NC.

How to Go From a “Small Town” to the Fastest Growing City in NC

Although some of the newer relocators to Knightdale would not recall, it was not too long ago when the town boasted under a thousand people as residents. Long-time residents, however, such as Mayor James Roberson certainly recall those days and have watched as the “small town” continued to grow.

In an article for the newspaper, “Wake Weekly,” they spoke with the current Knightdale Mayor. Specifically, he addressed the town being the Fastest Growing City in NC. In the Wake Weekly piece, Roberson recalls moving to Knightdale 25 years ago and the population at the time being at 980 people. He also gave his outlook on where he sees the town’s growth moving forward, taking into account the 980 figure against the most recently released 17,400 population of the town on July 1, 2018.

Where Does a Town Go From Being the “Fastest Growing?”

As for where Mayor Roberson sees the town heading moving forward, he is optimistic that continued growth will be steady.

“I can see Knightdale in the next 15 and 20 years being one of these municipalities of 30,000 or more people,” Roberson said.
“Thousands of people have considerably large needs, water and electricity, police and fire coverage, health care, restaurants, and functioning roads, to name a few.”


Knightdale’s mayor cited transportation projects making the town more accessible as a key factor in growth through the years.

How Did Knightdale Become the Popular Destination it Has?

Roberson continued, giving his explanation as to what has changed to allow Knightdale such growth without much inconvenience.

“You no longer have to drive 25 minutes to see a doctor,” Roberson said. “You have it right here.” He added, “The cost of living is also lower than in Raleigh, and as other suburbs fill up, Knightdale is able to offer new construction homes.”

The Mayor concluded that transportation has also changed which plays a role also. “Transportation projects like the Knightdale Bypass and the future Interstate 87 make living in Knightdale or Zebulon and working in Raleigh more feasible.”

Consequently, though, he does not feel all transportation issues are exactly where they need to be at present time. “Transportation projects have to include more than just larger roads. Knightdale needs pedestrian and bike paths and transit systems as well.”


With the growth in town, events such as the “Fourth on First” have seen record crowds annually.

Who is to “thank” for Knightdale becoming the Fastest Growing City in NC?

In this Wake Weekly article by reporter, Shawn Taylor, it speaks of several Eastern Wake County towns. Specifically, Taylor discusses these towns pointing to initiatives of their own to explain the growth. “The towns themselves are also quick to cite their own economic development initiatives for the spur in growth, ” Taylor relayed.

Whereas, true to the reporters’ explanation, Mayor Roberson did cite the vision of expansion from the town in leading to more residents. “By courting apartment homes, restaurant chains, and doctor offices,” he said. “Knightdale has pulled in new residents looking to start a business or raise a family. ”

Exactly How Much Growth Placed Knightdale on “Top of the Heap?”

In just one year, Knightdale saw a ten percent overall population increase between 2017 and 2018. In that same time frame, according to the Census numbers, Knightdale added about 6,000 residents.

Looking ahead to the future, the census numbers would support the earlier sentiments of Mr. Roberson as in the coming years it is estimated that tens of thousands more will “head into town.”

More Growth in Town Equals More Great Stuff…at the Station

With optimism shown by Mayor Roberson and the title of Fastest Growing Cities in NC continued growth seems imminent.

Having the moniker of being Knightdale’s First Master-Planned community, Knightdale Station is the town’s premier new home community. Thus, with this continued growth in town, the most spectacular new home community is a perfect fit for relocation prospects. Likewise, current Knightdale residents are familiar with the neighborhood and park should view the beautiful new homes.  In actuality, Knightdale Station Park has become the unofficial”center of town.” The park hosts many social events throughout the year on holidays and even weekly gatherings with live music, great food and beverage, etc. With an incredible team of builders, unmatched amenities, and the right price your new homes in Knightdale await now…at the Station.

For a look at all of the great new homes in Knightdale available at Knightdale Station, see the new homes section at

Photo Credits: Town of Knightdale

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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