The rainfall during Raleigh’s bluegrass festivities rained out the N.C. Pork Council’s whole hog barbecue championship and a related fundraiser for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.
The pork council has rescheduled the competition and fundraiser for Nov. 20 and 21 to coincide with the Raleigh Christmas Parade.
On Nov. 20, the public can visit the parking lots at the corner of Fayetteville and Lenoir streets to see the barbecue competitors’ set-ups. Teams will start cooking their hogs Friday night and have their barbecue judged Saturday morning. Teams compete for a $2,000 top culinary prize, a $200 crispy skin award and a $500 top prize for showmanship, or how well their spaces are decorated.
The competitors’ barbecue will be for sale from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 21 on the same intersection.
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Graduates, staff and volunteers from the Raleigh Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s culinary job training program will serve the food. A sandwich and a side of coleslaw will cost $5. Quarts of barbecue also will be available to take home for $10 each.
Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit’s hunger-relief efforts; last year’s sale raised about $20,000.