PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - In Eastern North Carolina, we have a number of legendary barbecue joints and a growing list of craft breweries.
Now one county hopes to make our area a culinary destination by helping your taste buds travel along the new Pitt County Brew and 'Cue Trail.
First, you pick up your "PassPork" from any of the participating venues or the Visitors Center.
Then you're going to hit the trail, tickling your taste buds at local barbecue restaurants and breweries.
At each place, you get an official stamp in your "PassPork".
Eastern Carolina has a long tradition of cooking, pulling and chopping up some of the best barbecue, but the owners of Parker's Barbecue say only in the last decade has barbecue become very popular.
"You know, barbecue used to not be really cool, it was the working man's meal and it was hard work," Billy Parker says.
The new tourism campaign hopes to showcase some of the legendary barbecue joints in our area and introduce people to some of the new craft breweries too.
"Instead of keeping it a secret, we wanted to make sure everyone knows what we have here in Eastern Carolina, especially here in Greenville and Pitt County," says Andrew Schmidt with the Greenville-Pitt County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Visitors Bureau says folks traveling to 11 different pitt and pint stops throughout the county will help the local economy by bringing new people to the area
"This is a passport, a trail that is not going to be able to done in one day, so they can come back time and time again and experience new things while they are here," Schmidt says.
Some of the new craft breweries say this is a fun way to get people grab a pint at a new place.
"You kind of get into a routine and go to the brewery that's closest to you and you never go to the other breweries," says Nathan McLaughlin with Pitt Street Brewing Company.
Owners say they can't wait to start stamping people's "PassPorks".
Once you get the "PassPork" filled up, you can bring it back to the Visitors Center, located at 417 Cotanche Street Suite 100 in Uptown Greenville, and claim your Pitt County Brew & 'Cue Trail swag and get your picture included on the Brew & 'Cue Wall of Fame.
Here's the list of participating locations:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery- 4519 West Pine Street, Farmville
Pitt Street Brewing Company- 630 South Pitt Street, Greenville
Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery- 707 Dickinson Avenue, Greenville
Uptown Brewing Company- 418 Evans Street, Greenville
B's Barbecue- 751 B's Barbecue Road, Greenville
Bum's Restaurant- 566 3rd Street, Ayden
Jack Cobb & Son Barbecue Place- 3883 South Main Street, Farmville
Moore's Old Tyme Barbecue- 2043 Central Park Drive, Winterville
Parker's Barbecue- 3109 S Memorial Drive | 2020 Greenville Boulevard SE | 1801 East Arlington Boulevard, Greenville
Sam Jones BBQ- 715 West Firetower Road, Winterville
Skylight Inn Barbecue- 4618 South Lee Street, Ayden