Because North Carolina is so enthusiastic about its barbeque it has been made a part of The North Carolina Blueberry Festival. The North Carolina Blueberry Festival holds a Barbecue Cook off each year. This event is an annual blueberry festival tradition, and has been sanctioned by the NC Pork Council! This year’s festival will proudly celebrate its 11th Annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival! The pigs will be cooked by many local area contestants along with champion cookers from throughout North Carolina where they will compete to be named the 11th Annual N.C. Blueberry Festival Barbecue Champs! The contestants are judged on the taste of their barbeque and their sauce served with it. The pigs may be cooked with wood, charcoal, or gas. Cooking begins on the Friday before the festival, June 20, 2014, and Judging will begin at 8:00 am on the Saturday morning of the festival, June 21, 2014. After judging the array of flavors, the meat is then chopped and served at the festival as BBQ. You will find this to be the most popular meal at the festival!!
Festival proceeds are utilized in providing scholarships to deserving seniors in the blueberry producing counties; Bladen, Duplin, New Hanover, Pender, and Sampson. The festival is held each June on the Courthouse Square in Historic Downtown Burgaw, NC.