Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up as a sponsor?
It couldn't be easier. Visit our Sponsors page to get all the info you need.

Can I request a specific vendor location?
You can request your spot in your registration form, but locations are reserved on a first come first serve basis.

I'd like to sell my wonderful [your cool product here] as a vendor at the Festival.
All the info you need to become an official vendor is available on the Vendor page.

How do I sign up my cook team?
Visit our Cook Team page, and submit the online form.

Where is Pearson Park in Kinston?
It's where Neuseway Park used to be -- at the corner of Mitchell Street and Gordon Street, along the beautiful Neuse River. 

Some streets are blocked off for the BBQ Festival. How do I navigate downtown?
The festival area and streets are closed to vehicles and parking. Parking is available throughout other areas of downtown Kinston at several public parking lots that are designated with public parking signs. A shuttle bus from Vernon Park Mall (834 Hardee Rd, Kinston) makes continuous loops to transport you to festival grounds.

Is there handicap parking near the festival area?
On Friday there will be handicap parking off North Street behind the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce.

Are animals and pets allowed at the festival?
No, only service animals are allowed at the festival.

What is there to do during the BBQ Festival on the Neuse?
Too much to explain here – that's for sure. Visit the Schedule pages for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday to see what’s happening each day.

Can I volunteer to be part of the BBQ Festival on the Neuse Team? How can I find out what's available that might fit my skills?
Just visit the Volunteer page. We have a nifty table of cool projects and activities requiring all kinds of skills throughout the Festival. Find something that looks fun, and contact us at 252-527-1131.

It's a big festival; may I bring my golf cart?
Only festival-authorized golf carts are permitted in the festival area. For additional information, call 252-527-1131.

This has been helpful, but I still have a question that hasn't been answered. Who should I call?
Call us! We have lots of answers to questions we haven't posted here. Who knows? Your question might even make it onto this FAQ page. For questions, call 252-527-1131. One of our BBQ Festival on the Neuse experts will help you, whatever the question.

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