The Fig Festival logo is a drawing by Manda Holda

The Ocracoke Fig Festival is seeking sponsors for the annual celebration of “Ocracoke’s Sweetest Tradition” Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16 to 17, at the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum.

The showpiece of the Fig Festival is the Fig Cake Bake-Off on Saturday afternoon where visitors and locals compete for the best traditional and innovative fig cakes.

Friday night features a traditional Ocracoke Square Dance and the Fig Preserves Tasting Contest. Saturday begins early with vendor booths, live music all day long, activities for children, and museum Porch Talks about figs and fig culture on Ocracoke.

Winners of the new under-16 category added last year are islander Chloe O’Neal and Ella McAndrew of Durham with their fig cake brownies. Photo: C. Leinbach

A dance with the Ocracoke Rockers & Friends on Saturday evening at the Berkley Barn will cap the event.

Proceeds of the Fig Festival benefit the Ocracoke Preservation Society, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of Ocracoke Island’s rich historical and cultural heritage.

Four 2019 Sponsorship levels are available:

Fig Preserves: $50 donation, name listed in program

Fig Cake: $100 donation, name listed in program; two Fig Preserves contest tasting tickets; one Fig Festival T-shirt.

Fig Tree: $200 donation; name listed in program; four Fig Preserves contest tasting tickets; two Fig Festival T-shirts; two Fig Festival raffle tickets; and one commemorative 2019 Fig Festival poster

Fig-tastic Business Sponsor: $200 donation–business name and logo listed in program and on OPS website; mention from stage; two T-shirts

Artisans and Vendors:

The Fig Festival committee strives to keep the festival fig-focused and is accepting applications for artisans and food vendors with the requirement that at least 50 percent of available items be fig-related. A vendor application, schedule of events and a sample traditional fig cake recipe are available on the OPS website,

For more information, contact Sundae Horn (252-921-0283) or Andrea Powers (252-928-7375).

To read about last year’s festival, click here.

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