Smokin’ Hot Fun at 5th Annual Blues, Views, & BBQ Festival – Westport, CT

14 Aug

When we went to our first Blues, Views, & BBQ Festival last year, we had such an awesome time.  Not only did we get to check out some music, some cooking demos, and drink lotsa beer, but we also had the chance to judge in the Kansas City BBQ Society local backyard BBQ competition.  Well, this year seems like it will be even better and we’re judges again!  Check out the 5th Annual Blues, Views, & BBQ Festival from September 1 (11 am – 10 pm) to September 2 (11 am – 8 pm) and get your tickets online.  Pay close attention to the awesome deals such as a family early bird special, student prices, or buying tickets for both days.

Let’s give a breakdown of all the awesome things to expect on the grounds of the Levitt Pavilion and Westport Library:

1) A food court to make you jealous:

2) Stuff to drink

  • Sierra Nevada
  • Magic Hat
  • Tito’s Vodka 
  • Jim Beam Global Products
  • Newman’s Own Wines
  • Poland Spring Water
  • Steaz Organic Teas
  • Newman’s Own Limeade and Lemonade

Judy Roll of Tabouli Grill is back for some more!

3) Live cooking demos with samples from 11:30-4 on Saturday, sponsored by CTbites

  • 11:30:  Nicole Straight from Festivities Catering
  • 12:15: Matt Storch from The Chelsea/Match
  • 1:  Helton Da Silva from Barcelona
  • 1:45:  Rob Troilo from Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro
  • 2:30:  Joe Wolfson from Terrain
  • 3:15:  Pietro Scotti from Da Pietro’s
  • 4:  Judy Roll from Tabouli Grill

4) “Cooking for a Cause” officially sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Society “Cooking for a Cause” backyard cook-off (Saturday)

  • Local backyard BBQ baddies compete in the chicken, ribs, chef’s choice, and dessert categories. Wanna enter?
  • Raises money for Westport Woman’s Club Food Closet
  • We’re judges, duh

5) Pie and rib eating contest on Sunday (info here, as well as how to compete)

6) Demo by BBQ Pitmaster from Nice Rack & Red Planet BBQ Competition Teams (Sunday)

7) BBQ goodies, artwork, jewelry, and more at booths

  • Sponsor booths will have giveaways and games, too!

8) Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned “Kid’s Q” cook-off (Sunday)

It’s tough being judges, we need to eat lots of food

  • Kids compete for best burger, hot dog, or chef’s choice
  • The winner of each category will receive a fabulous prize and trophy.  Enter Here

9) Music on Saturday at the Levitt Pavilion

  • 11:30 AM-12:05 PM: Bobby Paltauf Jr., 12:15 PM-1:15 PM: Johnny Boots, 1:25 PM-2:25 PM: Roxy Perry, 2:35 PM-3:35 PM: Rockin Jake, 3:45 PM-5:00 PM: Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood, 5:10 PM-6:25 PM: Lucky Peterson, 6:35 PM-8:05 PM: Big Sams Funky Nation, 8:15 PM: Anders Osborne

10) Music on Sunday at the Levitt Pavilion

  • 11:30 AM-12:10 PM: Walter Lewis Blues Trio, 12:20 PM-1:20 PM: Barbecue Bob and The Spareribs, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM: Eli Cook, 2:40 PM-3:40 PM: Popa Chubby, 3:50 PM-5:00 PM: Peter Karp & Sue Foley, 5:10 PM-6:20 PM: Brother Joscephus and The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM: James Montgomery & Billy Squier

11) Fun for the whole dang family

  • Designer hula hoops from We Sell Hoops
  • Melissa & Doug kids corral area with inflatable fun and more fun activities
  • Face painting, School of Rock demos, magician, karate demonstrations

12) Ride yo’ self silly on the mechanical bull

13) The whole BBQ, blues vibe can’t be beat

9 Responses to “Smokin’ Hot Fun at 5th Annual Blues, Views, & BBQ Festival – Westport, CT”

  1. uhcowboys August 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    This event seems really cool. For me and my girlfriend (being in our late 20s) this seems like a nice alternative to the Oyster Fest…which we have gone to the last few yrs…but to be honest is kinda boring. This seems to have better food, better drinks and better entertainment…and no carnival :)


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro August 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

      Yeah, you may like this event more! You should definitely check it out! Oyster Fest is kind of a bummer – it needs a makeover. If they got in some better bands and food it would be a killer festival for all ages, but sadly it has been the same thing every year.


  2. danielle August 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    wow, this event gets bigger and better every year! looking forward to it!


  3. krisyeager August 14, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Awesome news you are judging. We will get the chance to meet in person. Just mailed off my application for the contest (I.Q. BBQ). I will be taking the grill I won earlier this year out with me to give it some experience!


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro August 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

      Hey, how you been? :) We’re super excited about judging because we had so much fun last year. We won’t be as intimidated as we were last year…we’ll be pros this time around! :) Good luck in the contest. May the best grill win :)



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