Interstate Barbecue Festival celebrates 4th annual event

Maryland

More than 90 teams competed over the weekend in the 4th annual Interstate Barbecue Festival. There were 125 judges to taste-test the work of cooks across the nation. Four different meats including chicken, pork, ribs, and pork beef brisket were hot on the grill. The savory smell, lingered through to Washington County Agricultural Center. Vendors spent the day making their best dishes in hopes to be in the top ten, getting the chance to win cash prizes worth $15,000. 

“We are selling pulled pork, sweet tea chicken, and brisket,” Frances Pierce said, from Hog-It-Up. Several hundred people signed up through the Hagerstown, Interstate Festival Group to smell and taste the delicious food that was available. Event coordinators also say there were more than 50 other vendors with clothing, jewelry, and more.

To help wash down the grub were beer and wine tastings and an ice tea vendor that traveled from central Massachusetts for the well known festival.

“When we saw the [Interstate] barbecue fest we thought you know, the teas, chocolate sweets would do very well here, and they were very enthusiastic when they invited us so we’re really happy to be here,” Mary Beth Shirzadi of Boston Iced Teas.

The next event hosted by  Interstate Festival Group is Blues and Wine festival in June. 

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