The fourth annual Peak City Pig Fest, which has grown into one of Apex’s most popular festivals, is June 19 and 20.
About 50 barbecue teams from all over the country will converge on downtown to cook chicken, pork ribs, beef brisket and pulled pork while competing for thousands of dollars in prizes. It’s the only Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event in the Triangle.
A beer garden and the cooking area will both open at 5 p.m. Friday to the general public, with two contests being judged at 6:30 and 7 p.m.
The main event is Saturday, when gates open at 9 a.m.
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Plate sales also start in the morning, and will last until 3 p.m. or whenever the food runs out. Saturday also is when attendees can watch more judging or vote for their favorite barbecue for the People’s Choice Award.
Those who enjoyed last year’s grand champion food from Clayton team Redneck Scientific will be able to sample it again this year along with the other cooking teams.
Vendors will sell sauces, grills and other barbecue items. For those who don’t like barbecue, several food trucks will serve other types of food.
There will be multiple music areas around downtown, and the beer garden opens at 11 a.m. Pig races run every two hours starting at 9:30 a.m. with the last race starting at 3:30 p.m.
The awards ceremony is at 5 p.m., and the festival ends at 9 p.m.
More than 28,000 people attended last year’s Pig Fest. The Apex Sunrise Rotary Club, which sponsors the event, donated $10,000 each to Western Wake Crisis Ministry and Operation: Coming Home after last year’s event.
Western Wake Crisis Ministries operates a food pantry in Apex, provides job-hunting assistance and pays utility bills for people facing a crisis. Operation: Coming Home is a Wake County charity that builds customized homes for wounded veterans.
Peak City Pig Fest
When: Friday, June 19, 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Cooking team check-ins vary)
Where: Downtown Apex, 210 N. Salem St.
Admission: Free, except for food.
Parking: Available on side streets and parking lots in downtown, including Apex Town Campus and across from Town Hall. Go to peakcitypigfest.com/directions-and-parking/ for a map of parking spots.