WILDWOOD – Indulge in mouthwatering ribs, chicken, brisket and pork while enjoying some of the best Blues music at the Jersey Shore during the 17th Annual New Jersey State Barbeque Championship & Anglesea Blues Festival in North Wildwood at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues, Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 12.
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 meats, grilled to perfection, in order to earn the title of Grand Champion. The New Jersey State Barbeque Championship is an elite 2015 official automatic qualifying event for the World Food Championships. The Grand Champion will advance to the WFC in Kissimmee, FL to compete against the best of the best. The WFC is invitation only, and the New Jersey State Barbeque Championship is among only 100 international contests entitled to send its Grand Champion to the WFC!
The Anglesea Blues Festival will also feature FREE live Blues music performed by some of the region’s most soulful artists.
The festival kicks off Friday, July 10 with an Opening Ceremony at 4 p.m. and the Fun and Games Crew from Cat Country 107.3 from 5 – 7 p.m., along with some of the best barbeque in the state and FREE Blues performances from 4 – 7 p.m. by Roger Girke Blues Band, and Sarah Ayers with the James Supra Blues Band from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Friday’s festivities will conclude at 11 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, festival hours are 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. and will include live broadcasts from New Jersey 101.5 featuring Big Joe Henry from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 106.3 WJSE from 2 – 4 p.m. A surprise ingredient, dessert and sauce contest takes place at 3 p.m. Guests can enjoy FREE live musical sets featuring the Steve Cal Band from 1 – 3:30 p.m.; Blue Bone from 4 – 7 p.m.; and the Chris O’Leary Blues Band from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
The festival will also feature a cooking class on preparing succulent ribs on Saturday at 11 a.m. hosted by BBQ pitmasters Bob Trudnak and Steve Raab. A $25 tuition and advanced registration is required.
The festival concludes on Sunday, July 12 with live broadcasts by 98.7 The Coast from noon – 2 p.m. and SoJO 104.9 from noon – 3 p.m. Judging for the 2015 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 Terry Showers & Chosen Gospel Group from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and the Bubba Mac Blues Band from 1 – 4 p.m.
The 17th 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 Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12. Admission is FREE!