FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014
||Jim Knight, manager
Got to Be NC Festival
Got to Be NC Festival full of foodie fun
RALEIGH — There will be no shortage of food options when the 2014 Got to Be NC Festival returns to the N.C. State Fairgrounds May 16-18.
One of the biggest food attractions is the Got to Be NC Food, Wine & Beer Expo, featuring hundreds of products made in North Carolina. From meats and sauces to peanuts and snack items to wine and beer, food lovers will be able to sample everything and purchase their favorite items to take home. The expo is open Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the expo is $2 and includes a coupon sheet to select vendors.
On Saturday, barbecue takes over the festival as the Masonic Carolina Pig Jig returns for another year serving good food for a good cause. About 30 teams from across North Carolina and surrounding states will compete in barbecue pork, chicken and sauce competitions. All proceeds benefit Masonic charities. Last year’s event raised more than $7,000 for the Central Children’s Home and the Masonic Home for Children, both in Oxford.
Barbecue will be served near the Expo Center from 11 a.m. until it runs out. Visitors can purchase a ticket, sample all the barbecue and fixings, and vote for their favorite. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 7-11 and free for children under 7.
In addition to these food events, there will be plenty of other food vendors across the fairgrounds. Fair favorites such as cotton candy and hot dogs will be available, as well as deep-fried creations such as the Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe. There also will be food trucks and other vendors set up at the Raleigh Flea Market, which will be open extended hours during the festival.
The 2014 Got to Be NC Festival highlights the best of local agriculture with antique tractors and farm equipment, live music and a bluegrass music competition, farm animals and racing pigs, a full carnival, fireworks and more. Festival hours are Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Gate admission and parking are free. More information is available at www.gottobencfestival.com.