If you make your way to Maryland's Eastern Shore soon, you just might find yourself in the realms of a pork nirvana.
The Pork in the Park Festival (it's Kansas City Barbeque Society-santioned, so the Justin Bieber of barbecue fests) is making its way to Salisbury, Md., from April 19 to 21 to celebrate 10 years of hog heaven. The three-day fest has live music (Marshall Tucker Band), rides and games, crafts vendors and plenty of savory food.
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Now, for the competitions:
On Saturday, 120+ barbecue teams will compete for the "best barbecue" award. The $20,000 in cash prizes will be split between five categories, including best whole hog, chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.
On Sunday, the Eastern Shore Wing War pits amateurs, local restaurants and professional eating champions against one another. The restaurants will vie for your vote for best wings; the amateurs will compete in the wing-eating contest, and the pro eaters will aim for the $5,000 purse in the best major league wing-eating contest.
Admission is $5 daily per person. Hours are 4-10 p.m. on Friday, April 19; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, and 11-6 p.m. on Sunday, April 21.
The fest is located about two and a half hours from downtown D.C. at Winterplace Park (6737 Blue Ribbon Road, Salisbury, Md.).