Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event or place in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and play. This month it’s all about local festivals that celebrate arts, culture, food and beverage.
After a thirty year run we feared we had seen the end of Hog Day (or Hogg Day as it had most recently been named) when the local chamber of commerce announced in January that it would no longer present the annual barbecue fest. Then, earlier this month word began spreading that a new group of organizers, veterans of the Hog Days of old, were bringing back the fest. The date has been set, June 21.
While details are not yet fully available, we know that there will be plenty of food. Past events included representation of both varieties of North Carolina barbecue – vinegar-based eastern style and tomato-based western style. Pit masters competed for prizes in categories for pork barbecue, pork ribs, chicken or “anything but” (anything but pork or chicken, that is). Music, entertainment and the enthusiasm of Hillsborough residents certainly will make the revamped Hog Day a fun day to spend in town.