NC House Agrees On Barbecue...But Only As Food Festival

People are touchy about North Carolina barbecue, but the emotional argument over which is best might have cooled off thanks to the Legislature.

State House members yesterday agreed to a measure making the Lexington Barbecue Festival the official food festival for North Carolina.

The 98-12 vote came two years after a similar bill suggested by some fourth-graders got nowhere due to feelings that it favored one type of barbecue over another.

When bills were originally filed in 2005, they mistakenly called for Lexington's event to become the ``state barbecue festival.'' This year, the House bill's sponsors are highlighting the 100-thousand people who attend the 25-year-old ``food festival.''

Barbecue allegiances are split between eastern and western styles. While both use vinegar-based sauces, the western, or Lexington-style barbecue also contains a small amount of tomato and brown sugar and the pork comes from the shoulder of the hog.


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