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The (Lexington) Barbecue Festival

The (Lexington) Barbecue Festival

As anyconnoisseur knows, Lexington, North Carolina is the Barbeque Capital ofthe world. The barbecue is legendary. Lexington’s first barbecuerestaurant opened in 1919 – a tent in the middle of town set up by SidWeaver. Soon after that, Jesse Swicegood opened a stand, too. Businesswas good, and both men trained other barbecue chefs, including WarnerStamey. Now there are over twenty barbecue restaurants in Lexington (acity of some seventeen thousand people). The development of barbecue inLexington reads like a family tree, with today’s chefs using methodsonly slightly different from the ones Sid Weaver and Jesse Swicegoodused over sixty years ago.

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