For the Love of Bikes & BBQ

September 29, 2017

Ask any Southerner for their thoughts on barbecue, and you’re guaranteed to get an earful of strong opinions. Motorcycles make for another passionate subject in the South, and military communities like ours, in Cumberland County, host more than our fair share of rides and rallies year-round. When the weather cools down, bikers are looking for any excuse to hit the open road, and pit-masters are showing off their skills at cook-offs and festivals. If you visit the Fayetteville area this fall, chances are you’ll find us indulging in these two passions just about every weekend.

Bikes & BBQ @ Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson – October 14

We’re looking forward to the best of both worlds at this event, the first of its kind to be organized by the Greater Fayetteville Chamber. There is no better host for this than Cumberland County’s authorized Harley-Davidson dealer. Folks will be enjoying a performance by The Guy Unger Band, and The Blind Pig NC, a local food truck with a big following, will be serving up their pit-smoked, barbecue-fusion specialties. This is also a chance to experience a few of our local breweries, with craft beer samples from Dirtbag Ales, Mash House and more.
#GoFayTip - If “The Boss” (aka, brisket sandwich on steroids) is on The Blind Pig’s menu, don’t even think about ordering anything else.

14th Annual Vander Pig Cook-Off @ Vander Park – October 20 & 21

Amateurs and pros alike take this two-day cook-off real serious. Friday night’s Anything BUT Barbecue Competition is your chance to sample an array of other dishes, plus treats like ice cream and muscadine slushes. Then the competitors will be firing up their grills bright and early Saturday morning. The North Carolina Pork Council will judge the pros, while the backyard cookers will be judged by locals, and the public will have a chance to purchase a BBQ plate.
#GoFayTip - Stick around the park that evening for Rods on the Rails, a classic cruise-in that brings the 50’s to life.

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Heroes Homecoming Motorcycle Rally @ Festival Park – November 11

This Veterans Day celebration, organized by Freedom Biker Church, is one of several events taking place during Heroes Homecoming week, when Cumberland County’s communities will be honoring/thanking our Vietnam veterans. Although the motorcycle ride with Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Chapter 1 NC is a big part of the free event, the all-day, family-friendly festivities will be open to everyone, biker or not. Festival-goers will be rocking out to the sounds of Dixie Dust, The Fifth and Automag (plus 6 more bands). The line-up of food trucks is just as impressive; local favorites R Burger, Babann’s Southern Fried Chicken, The Blind Pig NC and five other trucks will be keeping the crowd fed really well. Best of all, proceeds from this event will be donated to the Lone Survivor Foundation and the Ft. Bragg Fisher House—giving straight back to our veterans and their families.
#GoFayTip - Got a beard, tattoo, or bike you’re especially proud of? Plan on joining one of the contests that will be held at the rally.

When Pigs Fly: An All-American BBQ Festival @ Festival Park – November 18

This marks the fifth year that this Carolina Barbecue League-sanctioned event will draw pit-masters from all over the Carolinas to Fayetteville. The competitors are all vying for a prize in two divisions: Whole Hog or Pitmaster. The night before the festival, the barbecuing kicks off. Then, Saturday afternoon, the crowds will gather to listen to live music, sample local brews, take tours of the BBQ camp and, of course, chow down on tasty barbecue (see Blind Pig again). For this family-friendly event, kids are free (12 and under) and will enjoy all the activities in the Kids Zone.
#GoFayTip - Purchase a VIP ticket for just $35 to have access to the VIP tent, close to the stage, with private seating, restrooms and snacks.

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In Cumberland County, we make no bones about the fact that we’re proud of our military members and veterans, and the annual Heroes Homecoming events (like the Motorcycle Rally) are our communities’ way of giving back to those who have served our country. For details on all the other great events surrounding Veterans Day, check out HeroesHomecoming.com and follow @HeroesHomecoming. The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (FACVB) Calendar of Events is another great resource for tracking the many fall festivities and holiday happenings coming up this year.

Featured Image & Top Image Courtesy of The Blind Pig NC

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