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Thursday, October 06 2016

Mmmm Eat Your Fill This Weekend!

Adapted From a Greenfield Recreation Department press release:

The Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival, held under the iconic Poet’s Seat Tower, returns for its 6th year on Saturday & Sunday, October 8th & 9th.  “We love to showcase one of the gems of Greenfield- Beacon Park.  It is a wonderful place, with the surrounding mountains and Poet Seat Tower standing above” says Greenfield Recreation Director, and event organizer, Christy Moore.  “It is especially beautiful at this time of year with all of the changing foliage.”

The 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, which features 2 barbeque contests, 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, Brews, & BBQ Cook-offs are sanctioned by the New England Barbecue Society (NEBS) 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.  On both days, the tent will be open from noon until the food runs out.  Tickets for the Samplin’ Pit can be purchased at the tent ($5 for 6 tickets). Specialty food booths will also be available at the festival to offer additional food options.

Another highlight will be 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 breweries such as People’s Pint, Element Brewing Company, and Green River Ambrosia, as well as national breweries such as Samuel Adams and Curious Traveler.  There is a $25 entrance fee for this 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.  Your $10 Saloon Entry Fee includes a commemorative glass and a ticket for 1 pint.  Additional 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, with 2 exclusive Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ flavors to be announced!  Come relax with a pint of Lefty's and BBQ on your plate.  $1 from all 1/2 pints and pints sold will go directly to the 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, a fling-a-frank competition, and more.  Please click here for times and rules on specific contests.

“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 Wildcat O’Halloran Band, Janet Ryan, and B Street Blues. Sunday will feature Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze, Blue Devil Bluez, and Blue Cat Groove.

The Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival will be held rain or shine both days, from noon to 6PM.  Admission is $5 for adults, children 10 and under are free with a paying adult.  Free parking and shuttle service are available from the 48 Sanderson Street Lot (across from Baystate Franklin Medical Center) and the Greenfield Middle School Lot. Funds raised by this event help support programs and events for families within the Greenfield community.

The Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival is presented by our Prime Cut Sponsor, Samuel Adams. The festival is also sponsored in part by the Greenfield Recorder, Bear Country 95.3, 98.3 WHAI, Summit Ice, A-1 Enterprises, and Ryan and Casey Liquors.  For more information about the festival, please visit or call (413) 772-1553.