In the U.S., October is considered the barbeque month and barbeque festivals are held in many states, usually on the last two Saturdays of the month. Though over 100 barbeque festivals are held in different states, the following five are the most popular:
Lexington, North Carolina, claims to be the barbecue capital of the world. The American Barbecue festival
originated here and specializes in western-style North Carolina pork barbecue. Events are held throughout October that culminate with the barbeque festival. Along with barbeque competitions, there are cycling events, golf and tennis tournaments, and air rifle tournaments. Thousands of people attend the barbeque festival held in Uptown Lexington. Non-profit organizations benefit the most by generating awareness about the great food tradition.
2: A strong contender for the world’s barbecue capital is Kansas City, Mo., which has a strong tradition of barbeque festivals. The huge popularity of American barbecue festivals has led to the spread of barbecue festivals and state barbeque championships all across America. In Kansas, the barbeque festival is celebrated with huge fanfare. Over the years, the city has formed a nonprofit organization known as the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS). It promotes American barbecue festivals by sanctioning over 300 festivals in the country and forming rules for barbeque competitions and festivals. KCBS has more than 13,000 members worldwide. KCBS teams up with other food organizations to further its cause. Its aim is to promote barbeque as America’s favorite cuisine.
3: Alabama is home to Mobile’s Hog Wild Festival. Tons of barbeque is prepared and the festival is celebrated with a lot of festivity. Other events such as state barbeque championships are also held which add flavor to the festival. The prize money for these state barbeque championships is great, which makes participants put in their best effort.
4: In Arkansas, the barbeque festival is an annual affair. It is held as part of the Smoke on the Water BBQ Challenge franchise and claims to have the largest prize. The franchise model enables people to attend barbeque festivals in many states.
5: In California, the Great American barbeque festival is held with great fanfare. You may even attend glamorous parties that are part of the barbeque festival. There is a whole lot of entertainment offered by the sponsors who flood the place with promotions.
There are several websites providing information about the specific events you may wish to attend. These websites list everything in an organized fashion so that you can preplan your visit according to what is convenient. There are different games for kids, teenagers, and adults, ensuring that the festival becomes an all day event. All in all, these barbeque festivals are a great success year after year and are hugely popular among Americans.
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