The Fiddle n’ Pig Shindig Annual BBQ & Bluegrass Festival is in its 11th year — and has a brand new draw to the rollicking festivities starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. The event, expected to attract over 2,000 attendees this year, is adding beer tasting to a full day of the region’s best BBQ, brews and bluegrass.
Here’s what to expect at this year’s shindig:
A garden full of beer: The Palmetto Biergarten — a German word that translates to an outdoor beer garden — and Grand Tasting will focus on sampling 15 breweries from North and South Carolina with 45 kinds of craft beer. A Souvenir Pint Cup is included with the ticket price so you can take the memories home.
Food, food and more food: If you know North Carolina BBQ, you know there are two schools of thought on their flavors: Eastern-style and Lexington-style. There’s no need to fight about which is the best at this shindig, since you’ll have your pick of BBQ and more from Burnt Offering BBQ, Blowin’ Smoke BBQ, New Wrap Order, Red Oak BBQ, OooWee BBQ, Killer Q, Popcorn Heaven, and The Donut Guy.
Bluegrass music galore: The history of bluegrass can be traced back to the 1600s when immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, and England brought their traditional music styles to America. The Jamestown settlers in particular moved into North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia — and now we are lucky enough to enjoy these tunes with a cold one. The shindig will feature a full line-up of local bluegrass acts, including Cabin Creek Bluegrass Band, Deeper Shade of Blue, Southern Express, Claybank, The Hinson Girls and Underhill Rose.
Photo: Deeper Shade of Blue
Scenic location: The Festival will take place at the Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, a 2,100-acre natural preserve. Here, people can hike, bike, ride horses and kayak. Opened in 1995, the Greenway also maintains wildlife habitats and is owned and operated by the nonprofit Leroy Springs & Co., Inc.
Don’t miss out on getting a Souvenir Cup, BBQ, and watching your dog bark along with bluegrass music. Grab your tickets today.
Location: Anne Springs Close Greenway Comporium Amphitheater, 291 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, SC. The Palmetto Biergarten and Grand Tasting, limited to 500 tickets and advance pricing is $30 per person, $40 for the day of the event, and includes general event admission. General admission is $10 per person. $5 special event parking per car. Buy your tickets here.