7th Annual Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival

7th Annual Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival to be held in Greenfield, MA- October 7th, 2017

Experience a one of a kind festival with professional BBQ, Live Blues Music, Lefty’s Brewing, Contests, Vendors, and more.

Greenfield, Massachusetts - The Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival returns to Greenfield for a 7th year on Saturday, October 7th, at its new location of the Franklin County Fairgrounds. The Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival is hosted by the Greenfield Recreation Department and Lefty’s Brewing Company and sponsored by local businesses. The festival features a Northeast Barbecue Society Grilling Contest, Kansas City Barbeque Society BBQ Contest, Lefty’s Brewing Company Brew Tent, live blues music, People’s Choice BBQ Samplin’ Pit, vendors, contests, and more.

The Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Cook-off is sanctioned by the Northeast Barbecue Society and Kansas City Barbeque Society. KCBS is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 10,000 members worldwide. KCBS sanctions almost 300 barbeque contests coast-to-coast throughout America, where competitions for barbequed chicken, ribs, pork and brisket are served up and judged by Certified Barbeque Judges. Competitors from all over the region will be vying for $5,500 in prize money!

The Festival is open to the public on Saturday and will be held rain or shine. The event is 21+ and IDs will be checked at the gate. Festival admission is $20 and includes a souvenir pint glass, one free pint from Lefty’s Brewing, and a $2 Food voucher towards festival vendors. There is a special rate of $10 for DD’s who are making sure their friends get home safely. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased through October 4th at the Recreation Department, Lefty’s Brewing Company, and Ryan & Casey Liquors.

“The People’s Choice Samplin’ Pit is back by popular demand,” asserts Moore, and will feature professional BBQ contestants’ submissions of chicken wings. The tent will be open from 12 noon until the food runs out. Tickets for the People’s Choice Samplin’ Pit can be purchased at the tent, $5 for 6 tickets. Specialty food booths will also be at the festival to offer additional food options to festival patrons.

Greenfield’s very own Lefty’s Brewing Company will be on tap in the Lefty’s Brew Saloon from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Pints and half pints will be available for purchase: $3 1/2 Pints, $5 Pints. They will have every flavor they have to offer on tap, and an exclusive Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Ale! Come relax with a pint of Lefty's and BBQ on your plate.

Contests will also be held during the event including a Stein Hoisting Competition, Keg Toss, Barrel Roll, and a fling-a-frank competition. Please see our website for times and rules on specific contests. Lawn games will also be available throughout the day for enjoyment.

“We are lucky enough to also be able to showcase some outstanding Blues musicians who will be playing live throughout the festival” Moore added. The line-up includes the Wildcat O’Halloran Band, Danielle Miragli, EasyBaby, and  Janet Ryan.

This festival is a fundraising event for the Greenfield Recreation Department. Funds help support programs and events for families within the Greenfield community. For more information about the festival, please visit the website: www.riversidebluesandbbq.com or call 413-772-1553.

Media Contact: Christy Moore, Email: christym@greenfield-ma.gov, Greenfield Recreation Director, Phone: 413-772-1553


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