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NC Food Vendors at Wide Open Blue Grass Street Festival

Many of you may be heading to downtown Raleigh this weekend for the Wide Open Blue Grass Street Festival. With 100+ bands, multiple music stages and the N.C. Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship, the event draws a large crowd. The event also has multiple food vendors and you can find such items as gluten-free BBQ sauce from Baldie’s BBQ and homemade old-fashioned cookies from Tonya’s Cookies (Tonya is Mama Dip‘s granddaughter).

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If you are looking for N.C. products, head over to Fayetteville Street between Martin Street and Davie Street for the “Got to be NC” area sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture. Walk towards Hargett Street and you will find the “Beer and Wine Tasting” tent. If you’re still hungry, head to City Plaza for the N.C. Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship, where chefs compete to become the state’s whole hog barbecue champion. After the judging on Saturday, the barbecue will be chopped and sold in sandwiches.

If the hog competition does not cut it for you, and especially if you’re an out-of-towner or someone who does not get downtown often, try The Pit Authentic Barbecue. I’ve even had their turkey barbecue and tofu barbecue, and those were phenomenal. The Pit deserves its own review, which will be coming in the near future.

The festival will take place Friday and Saturday, September 27-28, from noon-11 p.m.

If you’re not one for big crowds – the festival is expected to reach 60,000 attendees – there is a “Bluegrass Ramble” leading up the festival. Some venues have been hosting “rambles” since Tuesday night and will continue up until the festival.

Bluegrass Rumble, Raleigh, NC

Enjoy the festivities and let us know what food you decide to try!

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