[caption id="attachment_853" align="aligncenter" width="437"]   [caption id="attachment_853" align="aligncenter" width="437"] Sourwood Festival, Black Mountain[/caption] Some folks say sourwood honey is among the most rare and delectable of all types of honey, so if you are staying in Asheville luxury cabins on the weekend of Aug. 9-10, you’d better get over to Black Mountain early for the 37th annual Sourwood Festival. Fortunately, Willow Winds’ Asheville resort is less than 20 minutes away from this scenic small town.

Nature is fickle, so beekeepers never know how much of the sweet treat they will have for sale in a given season. One thing you can depend on, however, is a good time at the Sourwood Festival. One part small town party, one part art fair and another part chamber-of-commerce showcase, this three-day festival will be held Saturday through Sunday. [caption id="attachment_855" align="aligncenter" width="433"] Some of the fun -- face painting -- at the festival[/caption] The festivities begin on Friday with Sourwood Idol, a singing contest that has begun to attract participants from around the region. Anyone can sign up for this free competition and qualify for a cash prize. More than 200 vendors will be selling food, arts and crafts on Saturday and Sunday. The little ones can be rewarded at the children’s area with face painting, rides and games. And live music will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and last through 5 p.m. Sunday, offering everything from square dancing and clogging to country rock and 1950s-style vocal harmonies. [caption id="attachment_856" align="aligncenter" width="431"] Beautiful items for sale[/caption] In addition to the event, Black Mountain also boasts great shopping and restaurants, nearby hiking at Montreat and local history at the Swannanoa Valley.