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"Memphis in May" Memphis Things to Do Tip by etfromnc

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by etfromnc

It could just be a suggestion of a great time and place to be but it is also the official name of one of the two best citywide celebrations (Winnipeg's Folklorama is the other) which I have ever attended. The cornerstone events of Memphis in May are the Beale Street Music Festival, International Week, the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and the Sunset Symphony.
The Beale Street Music Festival is usually the first weekend in May.
International Week is usually the week following the Beale Street Music Festival.
The Barbecue and other food events are usually after International Week and the festival concludes with a Subset Symphony concert along the banks of the Mississippi River.
A few thoughts about Memphis and barbecue: Barbecue is more a style of cooking than a specific food item (or items). Wherever you may travel, from the Carolinas to Korea, you may very well find something which the locals describe as "barbecue," but please do not assume that this barbecues is the same as the barbecue which you had at your last stop. In the United States, there are six generally acknowledged styles or types of barbecue: Eastern North Carolina, Western North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee (concentrated around Memphis), Kansas City, and Texas. My most detailed comments on barbecue are in my North Carolina pages but there are entries in each of the four other areas as to what tends to define the barbecue for that area.
In Memphis, barbecue comes in two varieties: pulled pork or ribs. The pulled pork is smothered in sweet tomato-based sauce, while the ribs can be ‘wet’ (coated in the same sweet sauce) or ‘dry’ (rubbed with an herb mix). Order ribs by the rack or the half-rack, and don’t forget a side of cornbread to mop up the juices.

Address: 88 Union Ave, Ste 301, Memphis 38103
Directions: The office is not important. The festivals are all over town.
othercontact: Fax - (901) 525 4686
Phone: (901) 525 4611

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