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Blue Ridge Barbeque Festival featured on “Eating America”

Published 10:00pm Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Food Network Channel aired its first episode of “Eating America with Anthony Anderson” on Monday, July 28 and soon the show will feature Tryon’s Blue Ridge Barbecue and Music Festival.

The show announced this week that Tryon’s festival will air on Monday, Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. on the Food Network Channel.

Anderson and Food Network crews visited the Blue Ridge Barbecue festival this year, held at Harmon Field in June. Crews followed three teams during the festival, including Mountain View Barbecue and Deli of Columbus. Anderson worked with owner Shane Blackwell at the restaurant as well as at Mountain View’s vending booth and competition station.

“I’m very excited,” Blackwell said on Tuesday after the announcement. “It’s a 30-minute show so it will be interesting to see what all made it on the show.”

Blackwell said he watched the show’s premiere Monday, saying it was interesting and made him want to go to another festival like the one that aired.

Monday’s premiere was at the World Championship Steak Cook-Off in Magnolia, Ark.

The new show, previously referred to as “Food Fest Nation,” follows Anderson visiting food festivals across America.

Episodes include a shrimp festival in Florida, crab festival in Texas, the steak festival in Arkansas, a New Orleans food festival and a ribfest in Chicago, among others.

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Tryon’s episode on Sept. 1 is called “BBQ festival.”

Anderson travelled across the country this summer visiting festivals like the Blue Ridge Barbecue festival, which is the North Carolina State Barbecue Championship.

Blackwell said Anderson tried food from every booth while at Tryon’s festival and followed three teams so it will be interesting to see which parts make the show.

“It should be fun to watch,” Blackwell said. I think everybody should watch it. There’s no telling who from the community will be on there because they were filming the crowd too.”

For more information on “Eating America with Anthony Anderson,” visit

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