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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2008

CONTACT: Ann Edmondson, director of communications and marketing
N.C. Pork Council
(919) 781-0361 or

Eastern and western BBQ square off at 24th annual state championship
barbecue cook-off at the Got to Be NC Festival

Got to be Festival logoRALEIGH – Forget the infamous Hatfield and McCoy family feud.  When it comes to rivalries, the biggest intra-state rivalry has to be the debate over eastern- and western-style North Carolina barbecue. The battle continues during the N.C. Pork Council’s Carolina Championship Barbecue Cook-off  Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7, when the state’s top ‘cue makers will be crowned at the Got to Be NC Festival.

Twenty-five teams from across the state will gather at the State Fairgrounds and begin cooking Friday night to prepare for judging on Saturday. The annual contest, sponsored by the N.C. Pork Council, will award the tops teams in both culinary and showmanship divisions.

The contest schedule will be:

Friday, June 6: 1 p.m., set up
8 p.m., chief cook’s briefing and showmanship judging
10 p.m., meat delivery
Saturday, June 7:   8 a.m.,  culinary judging
Noon, announcement of winners

Although winning cooks will share more than $4,700 worth of cash prizes, the two- to four-person teams won’t be the only ones to benefit from the competition. Both the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, a Raleigh-based organization that distributes food to the area's poor and undernourished, and the Wake Tech Culinary Technology program will receive all proceeds made from the sale of competing teams’ barbecue to festival-goers.

“This is a perfect fit to support culinary training programs like the Wake Tech curriculum and our own work-training program set up for those affected by situations such as homelessness, addiction or incarceration,” said Jill Staton Bullard, president of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. “The rising price of diesel fuel is killing our budget, so I can’t think of a better way to raise funds than with North Carolina barbecue at the Got to Be NC Festival.”

The Got to Be NC Festival, a four-day event celebrating North Carolina’s agricultural heritage and locally produced foods, will take place June 5-8 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Festival hours will be 3 p.m.-midnight Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, log on to

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