If there were ever a match made in heaven, it would be whole hog North Carolina barbecue with local swamp-trash rockers, Southern Culture on the Skids. But it ain’t heaven, it’s Davie Street in downtown Raleigh this Saturday at the second annual North Carolina ‘Cuegrass Festival. I love how they state that the festival features the “bluegrass music by Southern Culture on the Skids.” Er, SCOTS is not a bluegrass band. SCOTS is not anywhere close to a bluegrass band. But SCOTS is a perfect band to play at a festival featuring Southern food, and particularly barbecue (fried chicken and banana pudding would be great, too). Now there are some legit bluegrass bands playing at ‘Cuegrass, so fans of banjo picking and fiddle playing need not worry about getting your fill of tunes.
The festival is put on by the folks at The Pit restaurant in Raleigh, and it’s a huge fundraiser to support the W.C. Breeze Family Farm, a 270-acre educational farm near Hillsborough devoted to sustainable agriculture, and the North Carolina Future Farmers of America , a student farmers’ education group. Barbecue sandwich plates, beef brisket sandwich plates, and beer (great local stuff) each will sell for $5. Pretty simple, and pretty reasonable (where’s that nanner puddin’??). And who knows, maybe Greg Hatem, Ed Mitchell and the other folks at Empire Eats will expand this festival to bring in other pitmasters from across the country, as is the case with the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. We need that type of party here in North Carolina!