BBQ Fest on the Neuse kicks off in Kinston

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KINSTON, NC (WITN) - If you're hungry for some barbecue, Kinston is the place to be this weekend!

The annual BBQ Fest on the Neuse returns to Kinston Friday and Saturday.

The grills will fire up Friday in preparation for the annual barbecue cook-off.

A number of chefs will be serving up their best plates in hopes of being crowned this year's champions. Guests will have a chance to sample it all.

Festival-goers can also enjoy amusement rides, vendors and live entertainment throughout the festival.

Guests should park at the former J.C. Penney parking lot at Vernon Park Mall. A shuttle will run every 15 minutes to bring people to the festival.

WITN is a proud sponsor of this year's festival.

You can find a list of all of the events here.


Barbecue will take over downtown Kinston next weekend as the annual festival gets underway May 3-4.

There will be dozens of barbecue teams competing, with barbecue plates available starting Saturday morning.

There is much more than just the BBQ, amusement rides begin Thursday night and through the weekend, along with arts and crafts vendors, a wine garden and much more.

You can find all of the details at