Fall Barbecue Festival Moved Back To 2008

A festival which was intended to bring the Eastern and Lexington barbecue styles together in one place this fall has been postponed until 2008.

It was scheduled for October in Raleigh. No new date has been

The N.C. Barbecue Society planned the event with the Downtown
Raleigh Alliance, and both groups have agreed to a postponement. An
event spokesman says the festival had lined up 30 participants and
had arranged for judges from both sides of the state.

For now, barbecue lovers still have their choice -- the Lexington Barbecue Festival is Oct. 27, while Charlotte's Blues, Brews and Barbecue, which is part of Charlotte Shout, is Sept. 14 and 15. The General Assembly passed a bill last week naming the Lexington festival the official food festival of the Piedmont Triad.

The original House version had called it the official food festival of North Carolina.