BBQ and pie contest at Duke Homestead

July 7, 2012 by  

The name “Duke” has been associated with wealth for many years and for good reason. Washington Duke’s sons were the founders of the American Tobacco Company, which happens to be the largest tobacco company in the world, making the Dukes one of the wealthiest families in the United States. Today, the family name lends itself to Duke Energy, Duke University, and Duke Endowment and many people flock to the Duke Homestead to appreciate the historic site that marks the origin of their wealth, where they both grew and processed their tobacco. People also come annually to participate in the BBQ and pie contest.

Once again, the Pork, Pickle, & Peanut: Taste of North Carolina festival will take place at the Duke Homestead in Durham, North Carolina. The event will be held next Saturday, July 14, from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm and is free to the public. The focus of the event as always is going to be the food and the historic methods used to prepare all parts of the pig, which is in keeping with the 2012 theme: “Everything but the Oink.” In addition to the BBQ and pie contest will be a celebration of arts and crafts. Participating vendors may invest in poster printing to showcase their wares. Also, a part of the event will be live performances by Richard Hartness & Band and a 1940s style mock Tobacco Queen Pageant.

The judges for the pork and pie contests will be Elizabeth Hudson, Dale Coats, and Frank Stasio. The public is invited to come out and support North Carolina artists, enjoy the food, and appreciate all the event has to offer.