‘Cuegrass Festival at The Pit

March, 30, 2009, by Jedidiah

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The First Annual ‘Cuegrass Festival will occur Saturday April 4th at The Pit in downtown Raleigh from 11am-4pm (benefiting Feed the Farm, “a local non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to N.C. farmers in need”).

The Festival will be comprised of beers from LoneRider and Aviator breweries, three NC bands (Old Habits, Filmore Valley Boys and Town Mountain) as well as The Pit’s bbq and “Pigs on Parade” silent auction (which features piggy banks from local artists).

Everything but the Squeal.

Whole Foods will also provide small pigs statues for children to paint and take home, with other activities for children.  Other event participants include the N.C. Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh Little Theatre, Feed The Farm and more.

The event will be held on the street outside The Pit at 328 W. Davie Street in downtown Raleigh, and is free and open to the public.  Pitmaster Ed Mitchell will be cooking barbecued pork and ribs for sandwiches served hot off the cooker for $5 each, and local brews will be served for $5 each, with proceeds going to Feed The Farm. (The restaurant will also be open for regular business.)  Bring your lawn chairs, grab some ‘cue and a brew, and sit back and enjoy an afternoon of live bluegrass music!

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  • aburtch
    03/31 09:45 AM

    This looks like a great event for a good cause.  Town Mountain and Old Habits are fun bluegrass bands, and of course Ed’s BBQ is excellent. 

    But you’d think it today’s world they’d have at least a mention of this event on their website.  How did newraleigh find out about it?

  • Pirate
    03/31 10:56 AM

    promoted on empireeats.com

  • MR
    04/03 09:35 AM

    Ahhh yeaa….

  • North_Raleigh_Guy
    04/04 11:58 AM

    Thanks for posting this. I’m on my way down there right now. Can’t wait to try some new beer and get some Cue’.


  • MMI
    04/04 06:40 PM

    It was great…right up until they ran out of BBQ at 3pm.  Nice planning, guys!

    On the plus side, the beer was excellent, and Old Habits *never* disappoints.

  • sally
    04/05 11:12 AM

    So it was scheduled from 11-4 and the Q lasted until 3? That’s pretty good!

    When I was looking at the long lines, I was wondering how you plan for something to which you have no idea how many people will attend.

    One really nice thing…..they had several volunteers who actually walked through the crowd, collecting trash from those who’d finished eating and were enjoying the music. Very nice indeed!

  • MMI
    04/05 07:14 PM

    I guess if it had been held out in a field somewhere, it would have been expected.  The fact that the pits where the BBQ was cooked were less than 50ft. away kind of made it seem unusual (despite the fact that you can’t just “whip up” some BBQ).

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