The Memphis in May festival is an annual festival in Tennessee that lasts for a month. The festival consists of three main events. The tradition started in the 1970s.
The Memphis in May consists of a three-day music festival. Local musicians and well-known stars perform side by side. It usually draws more than 100,000 attendees for each of the two nights of the music festival. The event takes place during the first weekend of May in Memphis’ Tom Lee Park.
After the musical festival, international week begins. Each year the festival establishes its theme around a different nation. During international week, attendees get to experience local foods and entertainment from the honored country. The international week’s purpose is to provide a learning experience for the entire community, especially students.
The food competition has pork ribs, whole hog and pork shoulder categories. Teams cannot use gas or other heating systems. They can only use charcoal and wood. Special events include Ms. Piggie, Best Booth, T-Shirt Design and Cooker Caravan.
For Ms. Piggie, contestants dress up as pigs and perform songs on the stage. For Best Booth, booths receive ratings based on design, connection to the featured country and originality. For the T-Shirt Design, contestants receive ratings on their T-shirts based on design, connection to the featured country and originality. During the Cooker Caravan, the public gets guided tours to teams in all championship categories.