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May 12, 2022, 3:18 p.m.

Livin’ it Up at Marion’s 2023 Livermush Festival

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Prepare your palates for the Livermush Festival, returning to downtown Marion on Saturday, June 3, 2023!

This celebration of an iconic Appalachian food brings a day of fun and food to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy a food truck rodeo where a variety of vendors will offer their livermush-based dishes for sale and compete to be named this year’s “Livermush Master.”

Other popular attractions are back this year, including a hog-calling and pig-squealing contest and a kids zone. Enjoy musical performances and shop from a number of vendors selling everything from home goods to clothes.


What is livermush?

Livermush is a pork-based food associated with Western North Carolina cuisine. It’s prepared using pig liver, other pig parts, cornmeal and spices such as pepper and sage. Livermush is typically made in a large loaf and then sliced and fried. Some like it at breakfast with eggs, or made into a sandwich with plenty of yellow mustard.

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Plan your visit to the 2023 Livermush Festival in Marion

The Livermush Festival will take place in downtown Marion from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2023. Admission is free!

Be sure to enjoy everything that the charming town of Marion and the surrounding area have to offer, from great local restaurants and craft breweries, to arts and crafts and regional history.

Book a room or cabin and enjoy a weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our three-day vacation guide is a great place to start planning your getaway.