"Memphis in May was the inspiration for this festival started by two ladies who came up with the idea over a lunch they shared nearly 25 years ago. Although chicken and pork are the primary attractions (the festival easily goes through 80,000 lbs./year), Barbecue on the River features an array of mouthwatering foods like grilled shrimp, street tacos, flavored funnel cakes, Cajun corn and fried everything from Oreos to pie, ice cream, cheesecake, pickles, green tomatoes and even PB&Js. Admission is free, so you only pay for what you eat. Note: you’ll want to bring plenty of cash for picking up souvenirs from the two dozen on-site vendors selling candles, cigars, jewelry, handmade pet accessories and much, much more."

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