If you like barbecue, bring your taste buds to Lexington – especially in October. That’s when the annual Lexington Barbecue Festival takes place.
Lexington is known as the “Barbecue Capital of the World,” with 20 barbecue restaurants in a town with a population of about 20,000. That's an average of one barbecue joint for every 1,000 residents. The Festival started in 1984, when about 30,000 people showed up to sink their teeth into 3,000 pounds of barbecue. Held the last two Saturdays in October, the Festival is attended by more than 150,000 people who swarm an eight-block stretch of Main Street that is closed to traffic as they sample the more than 15,000 pounds of barbecue prepared by chefs. Named "One of the Top Ten Food Festivals in the U.S.A." by Travel & Leisure Magazine, admission is free. The festival includes six stages where musical acts and many talented performers entertain. For more information visit www.barbecuefestival.com.