WILDWOOD – The 15th Annual New Jersey State Barbeque Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival in the Wildwoods will take place in North Wildwood at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues, July 12 through July 14.
The Festival will feature a Cooking Class on preparing succulent Ribs on July 13, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. hosted by Alyson Lupinetti, the reigning “Best Ribs in Jersey” winner. Alyson will be teaching the secrets to her award-winning pulled pork and ribs. Alyson, daughter of famed Pit master Butch Lupinetti, is co-owner of Butch’s Smack Your Lips, a competition barbecue team and “ribber” of national renown. Every year Alyson and her crew travel to the largest barbecue events in the country, serving their multi-award winning ribs, brisket, pork and chicken to tens of thousands of people.
The three-day festival will feature barbeque teams from around the country showing off their grill skills in a quest for the best barbeque. Teams will compete for glory by attempting to create masterfully marinated and seasoned meals, grilled to perfection, in order to earn the title of Grand Champion and prove that barbequing is nothing less than an art. The festival will also feature free live Blues music performed by some of the region’s most soulful artists.
The festival kicks off July 12 with an Opening Ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday’s festivities will include the Fun and Games Crew from Cat Country 107.3, along with some of the best barbeque in the state and free Blues performances from 4-7 p.m. by Dockta D, and the Infirmary Bluebone from 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Saturday’s festival hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Events will include the new cooking class at 11 a.m.; a live broadcast from New Jersey 101.5 featuring Big Joe Henry; a Bud Light Wing Challenge at 2:30 p.m.; and a surprise ingredient, dessert and sauce contest at 3 p.m. Guests can enjoy free live musical sets featuring the Blue Voodoo from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; the BC Combo from 4-7 p.m.; and Frank Bey and the Anthony Paul Blues Band from 7:30-10:30 p.m.
The festival concludes on Sunday, June 14 with a live broadcast by SoJo 104.9 at 11 a.m. Judging for the 2013 Barbeque Grand Championship – conducted by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and a panel of volunteer judges – begins at noon, with the awards ceremony commencing at 4:30 p.m. Free live Blues performances continue with Pinewolf and the Pack from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and April Mae and the June Bugs from 2 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. The festival ends at 6 p.m.
The 15th Annual New Jersey State Barbeque Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival is a celebration of great food, great music and family fun you won’t want to miss so pack up your appetite and groove to the blues in the Wildwoods July 12-14! Admission is free.