Monday, June 23, 2014

The Wildwoods’ 16th Annual New Jersey State BBQ Championship & Anglesea Blues Festival to Feature Succulent Food & Soulful Music, July 11th - 13th


Indulge in mouthwatering ribs, chicken, brisket and pork while enjoying some of the best Blues music at the Jersey shore during the 16th Annual New Jersey State Barbeque Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival in North Wildwood at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues, Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13.

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.

The New Jersey State Barbeque Championship is an elite 2014 official automatic qualifying event for the World Food Championships. The Grand Champion will advance to the WFC in Las Vegas, NV 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 will also feature FREE live Blues music performed by some of the region’s most soulful artists.

The festival kicks off Friday, July 11 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 Client Nine, and Mike Guldin & Rollin and Tumblin from 7:30 -10:30 p.m. Friday’s festivities will conclude at 11 p.m.

Saturday, July 12, festival hours are 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. and will include a live broadcast from New Jersey 101.5 featuring Big Joe Henry from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and a surprise ingredient, dessert and sauce contest at 3 p.m. Guests can enjoy FREE live musical sets featuring Dockta D & the Infirmary from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; James Supra Blues Band from 4 - 7 p.m.; and Mark May 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 Alyson Lupinetti, the reigning “Best Ribs in Jersey” winner. Alyson will be teaching the secrets to her award-winning pulled pork and ribs.

Daughter of famed Pit Master Butch Lupinetti, Alyson 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. A $25 tuition and advanced registration is required.

The festival concludes on Sunday, July 13 with a live broadcast by SoJo 104.9 from noon - 3 p.m. Judging for the 2014 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 Bev Conklin from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The 16th 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 11 – Sunday, July 13; admission is FREE!

For additional information, call 609-523-6565 or visit or

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit 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 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.

The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions. The Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by in 2014, 2013 and 2012; and the Wildwoods’ Morey’s Amusement Piers were named in 2014 among the Top 10 Piers by Coastal Living Magazine.  In 2013 the Wildwoods were also recognized as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by; 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 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 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 were one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for two years in a row.

For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site,

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