Looking for something porktastic to do this weekend? Head on down I-85 to Salisbury, one of NC’s most important BBQ towns, for their annual barbecue festival, which is part of the broader Salisbury Cultural Arts Festival. The barbecue portion of the event is highlighted by a cooking competition, with competitors’ barbecue available for tasting. As the festival website says, “Local Folks take three things seriously: Religion, Politics and… BBQ! Just ask them. ” If you’re lucky and meet the right people, you can experience all three things in Salisbury on Saturday.
If Salisbury and its nearly 27,000 residents is too much for you to handle on a spring afternoon, head east of I-95 to little Murfreesboro for the Roanoke-Chowan Pork Fest. The 9th annual edition of the event features a barbecue cooking competition and a special appearance by America’s should-be-favorite mascot, the Piggly Wiggly Pig.