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Deadline extended...Calling all BBQ Festival Vendors, Teams and Sponsors

Date: April 19, 2017
Event Description Due to the Easter holiday, the deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 19 to send in your registration form without a late fee.

Calling all vendors, cook teams and sponsors!

Are you interested in being a part of the LARGEST BBQ Cook-off festival in North Carolina?

May 5th and 6th, 2017 - Downtown Kinston, NC

As spring approaches, we want to invite you to participate in the 2017 BBQ Festival on the Neuse in Kinston NC.  Vendors are welcome to participate Friday May 5 and Saturday May 6.  The deadline to register and avoid a late registration fee is April 19.  No vendors will be accepted after April 24.

Each year our Festival activities and attendance grows.  This year will be no exception with the very popular Southern Sides Competition hosted by Chef Vivian Howard, of the Chef and the Farmer and the PBS hit series A Chef’s Life.  The fifth annual Sauce Boss competition will complement the 36th annual Hog Happenin’ Cook Off with professional and back-yard competitors.  Last year our festival was host to more than 30,000 attendees. 

You can find festival details and vendor registration online at  Click on the registration tab.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 252-527-1131. 
Ask for Brandon at extension 104.

Thank “Q” to all our BBQ Festival on the Neuse Event Sponsors.  If you are interested in being recognized as an event sponsor, it’s not too late to sign up. Contact Laura Lee Sylvester at 252-527-1131 for details.

We are also accepting online registrations at for cook teams, sauce boss, southern sides competitors as well as cook team and event sponsors.  If you would like to volunteer at the festival, contact Laura Lee for details. 

Event Location Downtown Kinston, NC
Date/Time Information Friday and Saturday, May 5th and 6th, 2017
For complete schedule of events, visit:
Contact Information
Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce
Festival FREE to attend
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