Downtown Westport will soon be the site of mouth-watering barbecue and live blues as the 5th annual Blues, View & BBQ Festival is set to take place Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
The event, to be held by the Downtown Westport Merchant Association on the grounds of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and Westport Public Library, will feature two Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned barbecue contests — A “Cookin’ for a Cause” competition on Saturday and a “Kid’s Q” competition on Sunday.
Saturday’s contest will field teams of two to four backyard chefs competing in four categories — chicken, ribs, chef’s choice and dessert. Proceeds will benefit the Westport Woman’s Club Food Closet, which provides more than 500 bags of non-perishable food and over $15,000 in grocery gift cards annually to local families in need.
Sunday’s competition, open to teams of two to four kid chefs with adult supervisors, will give prizes in three categories — burger, hot dog and chef’s choice.
The festival will also feature over a dozen blues performers on the stage of the Levitt Pavilion on both days, according to a news release.
Saturday’s musicians will include Bobby Paltauf Jr. at 11:30 a.m.; Johnny Boots at 12:15 p.m.; Roxy Perry at 1:25 p.m.; Rockin Jake at 2:35 p.m., and Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood at 3:45 p.m. The day’s music will continue with Lucky Peterson at 5:10 p.m.; Big Sam’s Funky Mountain; and Anders Osborne at 8:15 p.m.
Sunday’s performers will feature Walter Lewis Blues Trio at 11:30 a.m.; Barbeque Bob and the Spareribs at 12:20 p.m.; Eli Cook at 1:30 p.m.; Popa Chubby at 2:40 p.m.; and Peter Karp & Sue Foley at 3:50 p.m. The weekend’s roster of acts will conclude with Brother Joesphus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra at 5:10 p.m. and James Montgomery & Billy Squier at 6:30 p.m.
In addition to contests and blues performers, the festival will include cooking demonstrations, a Connecticut Blues Society expo and a Melissa & Doug Kids’ Corral with games and other activities.
Sunday-only events will include rib and pie-eating contests and a performance by School of Rock, the release states.
The festival will also have a food court selling fare from local vendors and beverages such as craft beers, lemonade and water as well as a barbecue and music education showcase and marketplace.
Tickets may be bought at the event for $20 per day for adults and $10 per day for students and seniors. Tickets for adults entering with a child or a student between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. cost $10 for adults, $5 for students.
Two-day festival passes may be bought in advance at www.bluesviewsbbq.com for $35 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and $95 for a Family Four Pack.
Visit www.bluesviewsbbq.com for information.