Tuesday, July 16, 2013

15th Annual NJ State BBQ Championship & Angleasea Blues Festival draws record-breaking crowds


Record-breaking crowds attended the 15th Annual New Jersey State Barbeque Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival in the Wildwoods to enjoy the best barbeque and blues music on the east coast.

Rain or shine, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival saw its best turnout in 15 years this past weekend.

Thousands of visitors came to taste the variety of award-winning barbeque and to dance in the streets to some of the best blues music around. The all NEW cooking class that took place on Saturday, July 13 hosted by Alyson Lupinetti, the reigning “Best Ribs in Jersey” winner, was sold out and the BBQ contest was a huge success, crowning the Local Smoke BBQ team from Cookstown, NJ as the New Jersey State Barbeque Champion.

By winning the title, they qualify for the World Food Championships, entitling them to compete in the World Food Championships in Las Vegas, NV where the total prize purse is $300,000.

The championship competition was sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), the world's largest association of barbeque enthusiasts. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes were awarded at this year’s New Jersey State Barbeque Championship. The competition is officiated by representatives of KCBS and a panel of volunteer judges, many of whom are certified in the art and science of judging competitive barbeque.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better turnout for this year’s NJ State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival,” John Siciliano, Executive Director/CFO for GWTIDA said. “A great deal of hard work and dedication by the many volunteers went into the planning of an event of this magnitude, and a record-breaking turnout was the result. We couldn’t be more proud to be a sponsor of this great summertime festival,” he continued.

The Annual New Jersey State Barbeque Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival is a celebration of great food, great music and family fun. For more information visit www.angleseablues.com or www.njbbq.com for the full barbeque championship contest results.

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.

The Wildwoods were selected in 2013 as the Favorite Beach by NJ.com readers; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. They were also named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 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 Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com in 2012; and Smarter Travel also named the Wildwoods Boardwalk, one of “Americas Best Boardwalks.” The 2012 list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor included the Wildwoods, and Home.com voted the Wildwoods one of “Americas Top 10 Scenic Seasides of the Summer.” In addition, the Wildwoods were voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest; and was one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for two years in a row.

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 Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, 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 800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site, www.WildwoodsNJ.com.

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