The Wildwoods Host 21st Annual Barbeque Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival July 12-14

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Indulge in mouthwatering ribs, chicken, brisket and pork while enjoying some of the best Blues music at the Jersey Shore during the 21st Annual New Jersey State Barbeque Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14. The event will take place at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues in North Wildwood.

The three-day festival will feature barbeque teams from around the country showing off 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, to earn the title of Grand Champion. The official judging is conducted by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

The New Jersey State Barbeque Championship is an elite 2019 official automatic qualifying event for the World Food Championships (WFC). The Grand Champion will advance to the WFC in Orange Beach, AL 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 festival, which also features FREE live Blues music performed by the region’s top Blues bands, kicks off Friday, July 12 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 Skyla Burrell, and The Little Red Rooster Blues Band from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday’s festivities will conclude at 11 p.m.

Saturday, July 13, festival hours are 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. and will include an open-air market and a BBQ cooking class at 11 a.m.  A surprise ingredient, dessert and sauce contest will take place at 3 p.m., and 106.3 WJSE Rocks will be broadcasting live from 2-4 p.m. Guests can enjoy FREE live musical sets featuring Looseleaf from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; the Steve Calabrese Trio from 1:30-3:30 p.m.; The BC Combo from 4-7 p.m.; and the James Supra Band with Sarah Ayers from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

The festival concludes on Sunday, July 14 with an open-air marketing from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and live broadcasts by 98.7 The Coast from noon – 2 p.m. and SoJo 104.9 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Judging for the 2019 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 The Company from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., and James Day and the Fish Fry from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

The 21st 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 12 – Sunday, July 14. Admission is FREE!

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