Pig war contest to be part of first Friday events

December 9, 2011 by  

The City Market Pig Wars will be held in City Market on East Martin Street this Friday (9th December) in Raleigh, North Carolina as part of the First Friday events held in the city every month. Pitting four teams of barbeque experts against each other, the event is designed to raise money for Easter Seals UPC, an organization that helps people who have developmental disabilities and other mental health issues.

The four teams include Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant the Cedar Grove Ruritan Club represented by Kenny Salter, partners Jeff Woods and Harold Wagner and Townsley and Bryan Minton from Easter Seals. All are ready to go, cooking up 1,000 pounds of pork using their own secret ingredients and individualized pork-smoking techniques. The event runs from 5:30 until 8:30 but cooking is expected to start as early as 5:00 in the morning. The public will be able to purchase pints of barbeque for $10 each and sandwiches for $5 each.

The First Friday event in Raleigh features galleries being opened until 9:00 and specials served in restaurants throughout the downtown area. Flyer printing was used to make the public aware of this special “Pig Wars” event and of its earnings going to a charitable cause.

The participants have been actively engaged in expressing their opinions about their competitors’ cooking in the weeks leading up to the event. This has been a good-natured rivalry that has been many years in the making.

Charlie Gaddy, a former anchor from WRAL, and restaurateur from Chapel Hill Deborah P. Miller will be the judges of the barbeque contest.