BBQ AND BLUES FESTIVAL

Get ready for a major Clash of the BBQ Titans! We've invited five of the nation’s top BBQ Rib Competitors from all around the country to compete in an epic battle for the top spot as the Lakeridge Winery "Rib King". While you’re feasting on delicious BBQ you can enjoy LIVE music on our outdoor stage with some of the area’s top Blues Bands, plus some great solo acts inside at our Our Wine & Cheese Bar. We'll have a large assortment of Arts & Craft vendors set up offering a wide variety of art and hand crafted items. As always you'll be able to enjoy your favorite Lakeridge wines, cold beer, ice cream, and a variety of other tasty treats.

Admission Fees
Adult Admission - $8
Children 12 and under - FREE
A portion of the proceeds go to support the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida

Come Join Us:

October 13, 2017 10:00 am - 08:00 pm
October 14, 2017 10:00 am - 08:00 pm
October 15, 2017 11:00 am - 06:00 pm

Winery Tours & Tastings:

October 13, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
October 14, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
October 15, 2017 11:00 am - 05:00 pm

BBQ AND BLUES FESTIVAL

THE COMPETITORS

Johnson's BBQ - Virgina Beach VA

Johnson’s BBQ represents the culmination of over 75 years of experience. His secret is the way his food is prepared. Everything he does is focused around authenticity, from his bbq recipes to his custom made smokers. His meat is extremely high quality, smoked slowly up to 16 hours. He has three different sauces, mild for the meek and humble, medium for the daring, and thermonuclear sauce for the brave and bodacious.

The Rib “Colonel” Dan Johnson comes by his name honestly, a retired Army Colonel and the winner of more rib competitions than we have room to list, he knows how to put up a fight. Dan doesn’t like to brag but he has won Best Ribs in America 4 times, Best Sauce in America 5 times, and has list of other awards as long as your arm.

Johnson's BBQ - Virgina Beach VA
The Carolina Rib King

Over the past 15 years "The Carolina Rib King" has emerged as one of the top rib cookers in North America. Solomon Williams, more commonly known as the King, combined his love of people, his honor of heritage and his passion for barbecuing to create a food masterpiece.

Over the years their demand has grown so significantly that today they produce about 1000 slabs of ribs and 1000 lbs of pork or beef a day. To ensure their meat is always fresh, it is specially delivered to every venue. The King's passion for grilling is responsible for their motto of "Grilling for a Livin'" a reality. As they say, "When your livin' is on the line, your grillin' has got to be fine”!

The Carolina Rib King
Cowboys Barbeque & Rim Company

Cowboys Barbeque & Rib Company is the pride of Texas BBQ, and like everything in Texas, Cowboys plans on doing it BIG at the BBQ & Blues Festival! Cowboys was founded in 1986 by Texas native Dallas Green and he prides himself in the traditions of true Texas Barbecue.

Cowboys has taken its Texas style BBQ all over the country and proven time and time again that they are a force to be reckoned with. That’s not just talk either. Their list of top awards span the nation from Boston to St. Louis, Pittsburgh to Austin, Dallas to Bismarck, and Palm Beach to California. Make no mistake about it, they plan on adding Lakeridge Winery and Clermont, Florida to their impressive list of wins!

Cowboys Barbeque & Rim Company
Camp 31 BBQ

Camp 31 was founded in 1908 as a "Saw Mill” general store outside Brewton, Alabama. Camp 31 BBQ was established by Larry Murphy in 1985, and they’ve been serving up mouth watering authentic southern BBQ ever since. They entered their first BBQ cook-off in Pensacola, Florida in 1986 and took home 3 first place trophies. They have been touring the US and Canada ever since winning awards and serving mouth watering BBQ.

Awards and trophies aside, Camp31 is just flat out one of the highest productive BBQ teams on the road today. Their specialty, of course, is cooking the best Southern Style Bar-B-Que around. Their BBQ is slow smoked over hickory logs ensuring the most tender meat and the most flavorful rib experience!

Camp 31 BBQ
Porky-n-Beans

Porky-N-Beans is an "Award Winning Bar-B-Que" company from Port St. Lucie, Florida! They are national rib cook off contenders and travel between 10,000 and 15,000 miles a year competing in cities from Ft. Lauderdale to Reno. They have won numerous rib cook off titles such as the prestigious Golden Rib Award and Best Ribs in America. Based out of Port St. Lucie, Florida Porky-N-Beans serves up some of the nation's best BBQ!

It's all about having a great time cooking, great music and Amazing BBQ with "The Bean Team" Baby!!

Porky-n-Beans

THE JUDGES

You can't have a Rib Contest without judges, and we think we've got an all star lineup ready to select the Lakeridge Rib Champion!

Adam Ashton
Sports Development Manager – Experience Kissimmee

Beautiful Bobby Blackmon
Blues Musician

Charles Cox
President - Lakeridge Winery

Jeanne Burgess
Wine Maker - Lakeridge Winery

Keith Mullins
Clermont City Council, Owner of Bacchus Vino Etcetera

Kelli Stargel
Florida State Senator

Peggy Haire
Regional Manager - Stonewall Kitchens

Sean Parks
Lake County District 2 Commissioner

The Awards

You can't have an epic BBQ cook off with out some epic (and really really big) Trophies!

These top competitors will be battling it out to earn the crown of the Lakeridge Rib Champion and the bragging rights that go with it. Make no mistake about it, they want these massive trophies for thier awards showcase also. Awards will be handed out for 1st and 2nd place for Best Ribs, and for 1st and 2nd place for Best Sauce.

So come on out, enjoy the delicious BBQ and judge for yourself who the Lakeridge BBQ Champion is!

BBQ Contest Trophies

The T-Shirts

Every great festival needs a great souvenir t-shirt to take home, so we wanted to show off what the BBQ & Blues Festival T-shirts will look like.

The shirts will be available in men's and women's cuts, and in sizes from small to 2X. They are screen printed on a high quality t-shirts for a long lasting souvenir. Watch out for our wine specials, you might be able to take one of these beautiful shirts home for FREE!

Festival T-shirts

Outdoor Stage Entertainment Schedule

Date Time Entertainment Details
Friday - October 13th, 2017 10am - 1:00pm Dave Capp VIEW DETAILS
Friday - October 13th, 2017 1:30pm - 4:30pm Blue Train VIEW DETAILS
Friday - October 13th, 2017 5pm - 8pm Buddy Blues Band VIEW DETAILS
Saturday - October 14th, 2017 10am - 1:00pm The Jeff Whitfield Band VIEW DETAILS
Saturday - October 14th, 2017 1:30pm - 4:30pm Shawline VIEW DETAILS
Saturday - October 14th, 2017 5pm - 8pm Mike Quick Band VIEW DETAILS
Sunday - October 15th, 2017 11am - 2:00pm Smoking Torpedoes VIEW DETAILS
Sunday - October 15th, 2017 2:30pm - 6pm Bobby Blackmon & The B3 Band VIEW DETAILS

Our popular Wine & Cheese Bar is located upstairs in the wine shop and will be open Friday, Saturday, from noon to 7:30pm and Sunday from noon to 4pm during our BBQ & Blues Festival. The Wine & Cheese Bar features all of our famous wines along with beer, more live entertainment, and of course CHEESE!

While you’re relaxing and enjoying one of our fabulous cheese plates you’ll be entertained by some of the area’s hottest solo acts. Great wine, music, and cheese... it doesn’t get better than this!

Wine & Cheese Bar Live Entertainment

Wine & Cheese Bar Entertainment Schedule

Date Time Entertainment Details
Friday - October 13th, 2017 Noon - 4pm Bobby Koelble VIEW DETAILS
Friday - October 13th, 2017 4:30pm - 7:30pm Crenshaw VIEW DETAILS
Saturday - October 14th, 2017 Noon - 4pm Bobby Blackmon VIEW DETAILS
Saturday - October 14th, 2017 4:30pm - 7:30pm Ronnie Duncan VIEW DETAILS
Sunday - October 15th, 2017 Noon - 4pm Joe Hand VIEW DETAILS

Complimentary Winery Tours and Wine Tastings

Winery Tours

Tours usually run every 15-20 minutes during the festivals and start with a video presentation which shows the growing of the Florida grapes to the wine making process, and the finishing with the bottling and labeling. Your personal Tour Guide will then show you the production area and the spectacular view of the vineyards where the grapes are grown and harvested.

Wine Tasting

Enjoy a sample of up to 6 different wines as you walk through our production area and stop at each wine station. You will taste our award winning wines from dry to sweet including red and white wine.

ID Requirements for Tastings

US citizens: state issued drivers license, military ID, or state ID card.
International guest: MUST have an original passport. No exceptions.

Tour & Tasting Hours

October 13, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
October 14, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
October 15, 2017 11:00 am - 05:00 pm

Complimentary Winery Tours and Wine Tastings

Epilepsy Association of Central Florida

“The Epilepsy Association of Central Florida is dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons with epilepsy and seizure disorders.”

Established in 1962, The Epilepsy Association of Central Florida (EACF) is a not-for-profit community based organization dedicated to serving the needs of those affected by Epilepsy. EACF is a local direct service agency where 100% of our funds stay in our community to serve the citizens of Central Florida. We are governed by a local elected volunteer Board of Directors that represent a cross section of professionals, civic leaders, and consumers that are responsible for directing the activities of our agency. EACF is further strengthened by volunteers, the local medical community and health professionals as well as a dedicated staff of men and women.

For more information: Call 407-422-1416, email [email protected] or visit our websites www.EpilepsyAssociation.com; www.EpilepsyU.com: about www.ShakenBaby.com .

We are happy to support Epilepsy Association of Central Florida and the work they do in our community by donating a portion of the gate proceeds to their great organization.

Epilepsy Association  of Central Florida

ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

Come explore a wide variety of fine art and hand crafted items on display from some of the areas finest artisans. Our new wide open crafter area allows you to explore the unique items on display while still being able to hear the live entertainment, and enjoy the beautiful views of the vineyards and rolling hills.

Once we get the final list of art & crafts vendors finalized we'll get the list posted here for you to view. Keep an eye on this page for that link! You can view the full list of artisans that will be at this show by viewing Featured Vendors Page.

Vendors

We are now accepting applications for this years BBQ & Blues Festival. Please go to our Vendor Applications page to download the current application. Deadline for entry is Friday, September 29, 2017.

Fubu Pottery

Festival Pet Policy

We love our pets as much as you do, but due to an increasing number of incidents involving pets we are implementing a "No Pets Allowed" rule at all of our festivals. Thank you for understanding.

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