The Annual Barbecue Festival has been recognized nationally, regionally, and state wide for its excellence. The event has been recognized as one of the "Top Ten Food Festival in America" by Travel & Leisure Magazine, designated as a Top Twenty October Event by the Southeast tourism Society, is a part of the Library of Congress' Local Legacy Event, and has received won more than fifty awards through The N.C. Association of Festivals and Events Excellence Awards program. The festival was also named "One of Ten Great Places to Celebrate Food" by USA Today.
Lexington is located in the Piedmont, just 20 miles south of Winston-Salem at the intersection of US 29/70 and US 52. Lexington is also accessible off of Business and Interstate 85 between Greensboro and Charlotte.