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If you’re dialed into the Charlotte barbecue scene then you probably already know about Sweet Lew’s BBQ. Carnivores come from miles around to partake of the award-winning fare at this Belmont neighborhood meat mecca. Sweet Lew is actually Lewis Donald, who’s not only interested in creating his own great ‘cue but elevating and promoting this quintessential Carolina cuisine as a whole. That’s why he has created the new Carolina BBQ Festival.

According to the Charlotte Observer, the theme of the festival is “From Palmettos to Long Leaf Pines.” Barbecue pitmasters from across the Carolinas will gather at Camp North End on Sunday, May 22 to present their best work. Whether you prefer Eastern, Western, or South Carolina-style barbecue, you’ll find it at the Carolina BBQ Festival. Regional beer, wines, and non-alcoholic beverages will also be served.

Admission is $75 for general admission and $150 for VIP access. I know that sounds like a lot but proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Piedmont Culinary Guild, Operation BBQ Relief, and World Central Kitchen. Think of it as doing some good for your fellow human, as well as your taste buds. Here’s what you get:

  • General Admission ($75): Visit 3 tents showcasing each region’s style of BBQ. Each tent will present a full plate of BBQ plus 2 sides along with a 10 oz beer pairing. Live music throughout the event.
  • VIP ($150): Everything included in general admission, plus a Barbecue Brunch at 11:00 AM, one hour before General Admission opening. Brunch includes Fresh Oysters, Curated BBQ Menu, and a Bloody Mary Bar.

You can find complete details and purchase your tickets HERE.