Last March 6, 2015, the 4th Annual Barbecue Benefit for the Boy Scouts of America Henry Shelor District was successfully held at the Sumter County Fairgrounds in South Carolina. The whole day event held many events such as a cook-off, barbeque contests, and many more. For $8, attendees were treated to a good variety of entertainment. The venue was packed with lots of barbecue lovers, and what seemed to be all kinds of BBQ smokers throughout Greenville, SC.
The annual festival is held for the Boy Scouts of America, Pee Dee Area Council, to help fund their programs such as the year-round Camp Coker, which offers to teach boy scouts activities like kayaking, sailing, rifle shooting, environmental science, and archery, to name a few. The famous Camp Coker is in fact known for its excellent food, so a barbecue festival seems very fitting to help raise funds for its activities.
The Barbeque Benefit Program was first held in 2012 and due to its massive success, the organizers made the decision to turn it into a yearly festival. Since then the amount of people who gather for the said event had been steadily increasing.
The art of barbecuing is actually taken very seriously by most South Carolinians since they believe that the dish was first invented in the state, way back when it was still called Saint Elena. According to their stories, the art of smoke cooking was a Native American invention from a long time ago. True barbecue—pork slow-cooked on low fire and smoke—was, however, only born when the Spanish introduced the use of pork or pig to the natives of Saint Elena. The intermingling of the Native American way of cooking and the Spanish pork dishes brought forth the first barbecue. This is perhaps why barbecue grills in Greenville, SC is seen present in every backyard, making it a good business for the local Barbeque retailers like Buchanan Fire and Outdoor.
Barbecue has become a family favorite, if not a staple food, among South Carolinians. Aside from pork, many people also barbecue their chicken, fishes, and even vegetables to be served at the dining table. The art of barbecuing is not just a way of cooking for many South Carolinians but also a way of practicing their culture, and this is something they take great pride in.
(Source: 4th Annual Barbeque Benefit for Boy Scouts, WLTX19).Posted by: