The Story of BBQ in N.C. Exhibit at Roanoke Island Festival Park

By on May 25, 2023

(State Archives of NC, child eating barbecue, September 1944)

Roanoke Island Festival Park

The traveling exhibit “The Story of BBQ in N.C.,” is open at Roanoke Island Festival Park. This free exhibit is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through June 18, in the Ticket Sales Gallery.

“The Story of BBQ in N.C.” explores the emergence of hog cultivation and food made from them as a centerpiece of many gatherings. The exhibit also explores the East vs West debate about sauces and condiments, even as it seeks to explain that the eastern vinegar base and the western tomato ketchup enhanced versions really aren’t that different.

Accompanying educational materials include STEM-based activities, a “Healthy Helpings” board game and a play kitchen for the youngest visitors to explore healthy eating options.

This traveling exhibit is on loan from the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and was created with financial support from the N.C. Pork Council.


About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Roanoke Island Festival Park is a part of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR), manages, promotes, and enhances the things that people love about North Carolina – its diverse arts and culture, rich history, and spectacular natural areas. Through its programs, the department enhances education, stimulates economic development, improves public health, expands accessibility, and strengthens community resiliency. For more information, please visit


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