Eat Your Way Through The Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival

Big Sugar and David WIlcox will headline the 4th annual event.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

You can literally eat your way through three city blocks at the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival, running from August 21-22. With great food as well as music, headliners Big Sugar and David WIlcox are sure to keep the festivities going all weekend long.

There will also be a Winnipeg Free Press “Pit Masters” barbeque competition, food and beverage garden and retail vendors.

Headlining acts will play on the Burton Cummings Theatre stage both nights. Other main stage acts include Chicago’s Mississippi Heat and modern blues singer, Miss E.C. Scott.  The outdoor festival site will also feature a stage offering hours of entertainment on both days, ans the outdoor stage line-up includes J.D. Edwards Band, The Crooked Brothers, The Perpetrators, Sol James, The Windups, and more.

The Winnipeg Free Press Pit Masters Championship barbeque competition will once again be part of the Festival. It will take place Friday and Saturday with a $10,000 cash purse (one of the largest in Canada). The two-day event is a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned barbeque competition that is open to amateurs and professionals who will be competing for points and cash prizes. Teams will also compete for a shot at an invitation to the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue Competition in Lynchburg, Tennessee and an invite to the World Food Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Concert passes, which include both outdoor festival site access and reserved seating for headlining concerts at Burton Cummings Theatre, are available for $69.50 (2-day pass) or individual day concert passes start at $29.50. Admission to the festival site only, including the outdoor entertainment, food and beverage garden, BBQ competition and vendor areas, is $10.00 per day.

Tickets go on-sale to the general public this Friday, July 10th at 10am.

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