Visit North Carolina BBQ restaurants this summer to earn free swag and generate donations to local food banks
RALEIGH — With North Carolina easing pandemic restrictions, there’s never been a better time to visit North Carolina’s great selection of barbecue restaurants. As the “Barbecue Capital of the World,” North Carolina is home to more than 450 barbecue restaurants — and a visit to your favorite spots now offers more than just a tasty barbecue sandwich, pork chop or rack of ribs.
The NC Pork Council is hosting the Summer of ‘Cue and rewarding visitors who stop in North Carolina restaurants this summer for barbecue (or any other pork dish) and post a picture on social media with the #SummerofCue hashtag.
“Everyone has a barbecue bucket list. This is a perfect excuse to get out and enjoy some great barbecue and support our local restaurants,” said Jen Kendrick, NC Pork Council communications director. This summer, Kendrick will visit a different barbecue restaurant across the state each week with a special guest and post videos on Facebook and Instagram at @ncpork.
The Summer of ‘Cue promotion was launched last year to help struggling restaurants during COVID. The campaign generated visits to nearly 150 unique restaurants and food trucks across North Carolina.
To earn rewards, visit a restaurant three or more times between now and Labor Day. Post a picture on social media, tag @ncpork and use the #SummerofCue hashtag to register your entry. Rewards include stickers, t-shirts and can coolers. For complete rules, visit www.ncpork.org/SummerofCue.
#SummerofCue social media posts generate donations for local Food Banks
For every logged entry using the #SummerofCue hashtag, the NC Pork Council will donate $5 to a North Carolina food bank (up to $5,000 total). Contributions will be split among Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast NC, Food Bank of the Albemarle, Manna Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, and the InterFaith Food Shuttle.
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NC Pork Council Director of Communications
(919) 781-0361 Ext. 101