It began in a church parking lot back in 2005 as the Shiner Bock Twin City RibFest, and now is an annual
Winston-Salem event heralding summer's arrival. Every June 20-25,000 Twin City BBQ fans come out for
the good food and fun. Daring to promote a whole 'nother type of 'cue; something beyond Lexington style
BBQ, promoter Allen McDavid launched the first RibFest. "Where is it written that pork barbecue has to be
chopped or shredded,"McDavid asked. "There is more to the pig than shoulders and butts." The success
of the Twin City RibFest was immediate and soon it gained national recognition in
Bon Apetit magazine and
MarthaStewart.com, as well as being named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Bureau many years

Realizing that the event in other towns, the decision was made to expand and a
Greensboro show was added in 2012 and another one in Wilmington in 2013.
That's when
NC's Premier Barbecue and Music Festivals was born.
McDavid also determined that future success of BBQ festivals
requires that they evolve and attract a younger demographic.
With that in mind he added entertainment that is unique to his festivals
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