Tuesday, June 26, 2012

14th Annual New Jersey State Barbeque Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival


Indulge in mouth-watering ribs, chicken, brisket and pork while enjoying some of the best Blues music at the Jersey shore during the 14th Annual New Jersey State Barbeque Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival in the Wildwoods Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15. The Festival will take place in North Wildwood at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues.

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 Friday, July 13 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 by Dockta D and the Infirmary from 4-7 p.m. and Albert Castiglia from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Saturday’s festival hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Events will include 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 Scoville Blues from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Levee Town from 4-7 p.m.; and Bubba Mac Blues Band from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

The festival concludes on Sunday, June 15 with a live broadcast by SoJo 104.9. Judging for the 2012 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 14th 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 13-15! Admission is FREE.

For additional information, call 609-523-6565 or visit www.njbbq.com or www.angleseablues.com

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions. In 2010, the Wildwoods Doo Wop Architecture was named “One of the Top Ten Architectural Wonders in America” by AOL.com. The Wildwoods were also named among Smarter Travel’s Ten Best Beach Towns in America in 2010, as well as one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for the second year in a row. In 2009, the Wildwoods were selected as one of Time.com’s “50 Authentic American Experiences.” The Wildwoods made the list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor in 2012. In addition, the Wildwoods were also voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest. The Wildwoods were also named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2008, 2010 and 2011 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods’ beaches were also named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Events,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Day Trips” in the same surveys. The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Thunder On The Sand Race Series, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others. For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 1-800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site, www.WildwoodsNJ.com.

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