In North Carolina, we love our tasty, regional, home-grown barbecue. From the earliest history of cooking meats over flames and coals to modern methods, North Carolina has a proud barbecue tradition, featured at family and community gatherings across the state. Whether at a backyard grill, a community event, or a traditional wood fire pit at a local restaurant, delicious barbecue can be found in every North Carolina county and in every corner of our history. The Story of BBQ in North Carolina explores how growing and cultivating hogs emerged in North Carolina. The exhibit also fuels the east versus west debate about sauces and condiments, even as explains that the eastern vinegar base and the western tomato ketchup enhanced versions really are not that different. Visitors will leave hungry so be sure to have a list of local BBQ joints on hand! Accompanying educational materials will include play kitchens for the youngest visitors and will explore healthy eating options. The “The Story of BBQ in N.C.” Exhibit will be open to the public January 19, 2019 to March 2019 in the North Carolina History Center.
The Historic Ghent Community and friends present New Bern’s 4th Annual Mardi Gras Saturday, March 2, 2019 This year will be our biggest, best, and most festive Mardi Gras yet—we’re planning to celebrate BIG in 2019—more vendors, more music, more floats, and more fun than ever before! Festivities will begin at 11 am and wrap up at 6 pm, with the parade at 3 pm. This year’s parade route will be from Spencer Avenue and 8th Street to Spencer Avenue and 2nd Street and will feature floats galore, antique cars, costumed krewes (groups and clubs), musicians and dancers, throws (Mardi Gras beads!), the New Bern Trolley, and of course, the Mardi Gras king and queen and their royal court. Festivities will take place before, during, and after the parade on Spencer Avenue between 2nd Street and 5th Street. Festivities to include vendors, artists, musicians, New Bern’s own Jonkonnu and other street performers, and food trucks.