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Wednesday, September 24 2014

Yum! Riverside Blues & BBQ Lineup

Adapted From a Greenfield Recreation Department press release:

The Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival returns for its 4th year on Saturday & Sunday, October 11th & 12th. “We love to showcase one of the gems of Greenfield---Beacon Park.  It is a wonderful place to hold a festival, with the surrounding mountains and Poet Seat Tower standing above,” says Christy Moore, Recreation Director for the City of Greenfield and event organizer. “It is especially beautiful at this time of year with all of the changing foliage.”

The Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival is hosted by the Franklin County Rotary Club and Lefty’s Brewing Company in conjunction with the Greenfield Recreation Department. Many local businesses also sponsor and support this community event. This multi-day festival features a New England Barbecue Society Grilling Contest, a Kansas City Barbeque Society BBQ Contest, a BrewFest Samplin’ Saloon on Saturday, Lefty’s Brewing Company Saloon on Sunday, live blues music, a People’s Choice BBQ Samplin’ Pit, kids’ activities, vendors, contests, and more.

The Riverside Blues & BBQ Cook-off is sanctioned by the New England Barbecue Society and Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS). 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 People’s Choice Samplin’ Pit is back by popular demand,” asserts Moore, "and will feature professional BBQ contestants’ submissions of chicken wings on Saturday and pulled pork on Sunday." The tent on both days will be open from 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.

Another highlight of the festival is Saturday’s BrewFest Beer Samplin’ Saloon. The saloon will be open Saturday only from 1PM to 5PM. There will be hundreds of beers to sample from both local and national breweries. Curious Traveler Shandy will be offering free mustache rides on their mustache seesaw. There is a $20 Entrance Fee for the BrewFest Beer Samplin’ Saloon.

On Sunday, Greenfield’s very own Lefty’s Brewing Company will be on tap in the Lefty’s Brew Saloon from 1PM  to 5PM. They will have every flavor they have to offer on tap.  $3, ½ pints, $5 pints. Relax with a pint of Lefty's and BBQ on your plate. A dollar from all ½ pints and pints sold will go directly to the Recreation Department. Support your local craft brewery and your very own Recreation Department.

Contests will also be held throughout the weekend including a Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Competition, Curious Traveler Shandy Mustache Contest, Table Talk Pie Eating Contest, a Lee Oskar Harp (Harmonica) Contest, Lefty’s Brewing Company Keg Toss, Lefty’s Brewing Company Barrel Roll, and more.

“We are lucky enough to also be able to showcase some outstanding local and national blues musicians who will be playing live throughout the festival” Moore added. Saturday’s line-up includes the local Wildcat O’Halloran Band, Grammy Nominated Texas Singer Songwriter Randy McAllister, and local artist Ottomatic Slim. Sunday will feature Vermont blues sensation Dave Keller, local powerhouse Janet Ryan, and Eastern Massachusetts trio Blue Cat Groove.

The Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival will be held rain or shine on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12, from noon to 6PM.  Admission is $5 for adults. Kids 10 and under are free with a paying adult. There are additional fees for Beer & BBQ Sampling. Free parking and shuttle service are available from the 48 Sanderson Street Lot (across from the Hospital) and at the Greenfield Middle School Lot. This festival is a fundraising event for the Greenfield Recreation Department. Funds help support programs and events for families within the Greenfield community.

The Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival is presented by Samuel Adams. The festival is also sponsored in part by the Greenfield Recorder, Bear Country 95.3, 98.3 WHAI, Summit Ice, and Ryan & Casey Liquors. For more information about the festival, visit: www.riversidebluesandbbq.com or call (413) 772-1553.

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