If you’re in, say, eastern or central North Carolina or southeastern Virginia, hop in the car and drive straight to Ayden, North Carolina, for the Ayden Collards Festival. Ayden is the center of production of that legendary heirloom variety, Yellow Cabbage Collards. As you can see, they are not actually yellow, or anywhere close to yellow.
They are green and oh, my, they are delicious!
The best place to eat collards is Bum’s Restaurant, where the pork seasoning is truly exceptional, and the collards are the best I have ever tasted, and I’ve tasted a lot of collards. Bum’s also the best place to eat Eastern North Carolina style barbecue in the world, and a great place to eat corn sticks and green beans and banana pudding. If you can’t get in Bum’s because of the crowds, go over to the Skylight Inn, which has excellent barbecue — the second best Eastern North Carolina style barbecue in the world; or, like me, go to both.
If you’re not able to get to Ayden today, mark you calendar, and start making plans for next year.
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