Today we went to Lexington, just over 22 miles from Rick’s home, to attend the Lexington Barbecue Festival, which I’d been told would be an awesome experience for me.
The Lexington Barbecue Festival is a one-day food festival held each October in Lexington, North Carolina, a city that calls itself the “Barbecue Capital of the World.” Each year it attracts as many as 160,000 visitors to the uptown Lexington area to sample the different foods from up to 20 different area restaurants, dozens of visiting food vendors, and hundreds of other vendors.
The annual event is listed in the book ‘1000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before-You-Die’, a part of the series based on the best-selling ‘1,000 Places to See Before You Die’. In 2012, the US News and World Report ranked Lexington as #4 on its list of the best cities for barbecue.
It certainly was an experience, and about a couple of hours of it was about as much as Rick and I could take because of the crowds and the noise. Fun while we lasted, though!
Here are some photos of the Festival, followed by some videos:
We had left the car at the Childress Vineyards which is on the outskirts of Lexington, and taken the courtesy, turn-of-the-century trolley bus into Lexington town center.
Having had our fill at the Festival, not only of the crowds and noise but also of Chopped Pork Barbecue Sandwiches and the enormous sugary Funnel Cake, we hopped back on to the trolley bus and returned to the Childress Vineyards.
This is a tourist attraction in its own right, with opportunities to taste the wines they make, and buy the wines they make.
Tasting a quantity of wine mid-afternoon was not Rick’s and my idea of a good idea, but we bought some wine, two bottles of a red wine called Fine Swine Wine, specially bottled for the Pork BBQ Festival (hence ‘swine’) and which this year is reckoned to be an excellent vintage; and a single bottle of a white wine called Muscadine.
At this time of writing we haven’t opened any of the bottles but I’m looking forward to experiencing the North Carolinian wines.
We did however enjoy a shared bottle of beer in the Vineyard’s pavilion where a small band was playing and singing a good range of popular songs. Rick took this ‘bubble’ panorama of the scene:
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