Contact:  Sarah Edwards, DSDC
April 15, 2016

SMITHFIELD, NC Hams and yams remain a major attraction at the 32nd annual Ham & Yam Festival presented by Stevens Sausage and Agri Supply with fourteen foods featuring ham and yams to be sold by the festival’s food vendors. 

“For the last three years, we have made a conscious effort to have more of the festival’s namesake agricultural products at the festival,” states Sarah Edwards, festival organizer and Executive of the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation.  “While people love country ham biscuits and sweet potato pie, some have been hesitant to try less well known offerings like smoothies and ice cream.  As soon as people try the different foods, they become fans and then become repeat customers the next year.”

In addition to the Kiwanis Club’s ever popular Stevens Sausage country ham biscuits, food vendors will offer sweet potato funnel cakes, sweet potato cheesecake pie, sweet potato ice cream, sweet potato desserts, sweet potato fries, ham-flavored kettle corn, sweet potato smoothies, baked sweet potatoes, and country ham and egg sandwiches.

The Kiwanis Club’s annual Ham & Yam supper, scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, will feature Stevens Sausage country ham, yams, cabbage, and corn bread.  The supper is from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, located at 140 E. Market Street in Downtown Smithfield; tickets are $7.00, and will be available at the door.

In addition to the food, a full schedule of events on Saturday, May 7 will attract thousands of people to Downtown Smithfield, where the festival occupies several blocks.  Craft and commercial vendors line the streets, local entertainers perform on three stages, and there are activities for the entire family.  The festival ends with a free concert on Saturday night featuring James Wesley, one of the top rising stars in country music.

The Ham & Yam Festival is organized by the nonprofit Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation.  To learn more about the Ham & Yam Festival, please visit, or call Sarah Edwards at 919-934-0887.