1) The 14th annual Kings Mountain Firehouse Barbeque Cookoff. There are 35 teams confirmed to compete in the KCBS-sanctioned cookoff and more than twice that many confirmed judges… hmmm.
2) The 2nd annual North Carolina Cuegrass Festival at The Pit in downtown Raleigh. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features music, Ed Mitchell’s BBQ and local beers. Now that’s a tasty combination plate.
The headliner musical act is the (in)famous Southern Culture on the Skids. SCOTS are known for throwing fried chicken into the crowd at their shows. Since it’s pretty hard to throw chopped barbecue (trust me on this), maybe they’ll toss the fans some hushpuppies. No word on how much the event costs but it’s a fundraiser for an interesting organization that supports family farms, and I am sure you’ll get your money’s worth in ‘cue and brew too. Hat tip to burgeoningfoodie and Eryk Pruitt for letting me know about the Cuegrass event.