Food & Drink
There's plenty to eat and drink at Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest! A few highlights and vendor listings below.
The North Carolina Pork Council and the farm families that make up our state’s pork industry are proud to host this year's Whole Hog Barbecue Championship in the heart of the Wide Open Bluegrass festival in downtown Raleigh and sponsored by IBMA media partner, WTVD. The championship is the culmination of the annual Whole Hog Barbecue Series that includes 15 to 20 local barbecue competitions conducted as part of community events in Tar Heel cities and towns throughout the spring and fall. At this year's championship, the cooked barbecue will be collected after judging, chopped and sold to the general public by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Proceeds from the sale of the barbecue will go to support the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Spectators will be able to watch the judging process in the parking area in front of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Authentic North Carolina pork barbecue will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle tent located on Cabarrus Street next to the Raleigh Convention Center (between Salisbury & McDowell streets).
The N.C. Pork Council will also be hosting special Barbecue Experience Dinners on Friday and Saturday nights where attendees will be able to sample barbecue from across the state and witness cooking demonstrations by some of North Carolina’s finest chefs.
Friday night: NC Barbecue Experience Dinner featuring Matthew Register of Southern Smoke in Garland, NC. 5-9 p.m. at Cabarrus Crossroads. Reserve tickets for Friday night barbecue experience dinner with Matthew Register.
Saturday night: NC Barbecue Experience Dinner with Tyson Ho of New York’s Arrogant Swine. 5-9 p.m. at Cabarrus Crossroads. Reserve tickets for Saturday night barbecue experience dinner with Tyson Ho.
Got To Be NC
Under the “Got To Be NC” banner, The North Carolina Department of Agriculture is sponsoring an area where vendors will be offering food items from throughout NC for tasting and purchase. And if you’re thirsty after sampling the regional cuisine, check out the craft beer and wine tasting tent on Hargett Street for a sampling of local and regional brews and wines.
Other Food and Beverage Options
Savory, mouth-watering food options line the StreetFest footprint, featuring a variety sure to offer something for every palette. There will be food trucks along the south end of Fayetteville Street near the City Plaza Stage, and on Saturday there will be additional food trucks in one of the flat parking lots in front of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. And don't forget to check out Raleigh's great downtown restaurants, too, many of which have special deals for Wide Open!