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Wednesday, September 26 2018

8th Riverside BBQ Fest Coming Up Soon!

Adapted From a Greenfield Recreation Department press release:

The Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival returns to Greenfield for an 8th year on Saturday, October 6th, at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. Hosted by the Greenfield Recreation Department and Lefty’s Brewing Company, 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). 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 the United States; 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!

Besides the competition, attendees will be able to enjoy music, food, and fun. “We are lucky enough to also be able to showcase some outstanding blues musicians who will be playing live throughout the festival,” stated Greenfield Recreation Department Director Christy Moore.  The line-up includes AcousticcA, Eva Cappelli Band DuJour, Wildcat O’Halloran Band, and Janet Ryan.

In addition, “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 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 set up to offer additional options.

To complement the food offerings, Greenfield’s very own Lefty’s Brewing Company will be on tap in the Lefty’s Brew Saloon from noon to 5pm. Pints and half pints will be available for purchase: $3 for half pints, $5 for pints. The Lefty's crew will have every flavor they have to offer on tap, plus an exclusive Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Ale , as well as red and white wine. Come relax with a pint of Lefty's and BBQ on your plate!

Finally, festival-goers can participate in contests of their own, including a Stein Hoisting Competition, Keg Toss, Barrel Roll, and fling-a-frank competition. Check the event website for times and rules on specific contests. Lawn games will also be available throughout the day for the enjoyment of attendees.

The Riverside Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival is a fundraising event for the Greenfield Recreation Department and the money raised helps support programs and events for families within the Greenfield community.  The festival itself is open to everyone and will take place rain or shine.  Admission for those 21+ is $20 and includes a souvenir pint glass and 1 free pint from Lefty’s Brewing.  However, admission is just $10 for Designated Drivers, who will be making sure their friends get home safely, and those under 21.  Children under 12 are free.  Pre-sale tickets can be purchased through October 4th at the recreation department, Lefty’s Brewing Company, and Ryan & Casey Liquors.

 For more information, please visit the website: or call (413) 772-1553.