BBQ & 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 Champion".

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 a free winery tour & tasting, plus your favorite Lakeridge wines, cold beer, ice cream, and a variety of other tasty treats available for purchase.

OPEN LATE! Open till 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Come Join Us:

October 12, 2018 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
October 13, 2018 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
October 14, 2018 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Admission Fees
Adult Admission - $10
Children 12 and under - FREE
A portion of the proceeds go to support the South Lake Chamber of Commerce

Advance Tickets & 3-Day Festival Passes
Purchase your single day tickets in advance through Eventbrite and check-in through our Eventbrite FastLane at that gate! Enjoy all three days of music and fun at the festival for less than the cost of two single day passes.

Defending Champion Carolina Rib King
BBQ & Blues


The Carolina Rib King

Returning 2017 Lakeridge Rib Champion!

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 barbequing to create a food masterpiece.

Demand for this rib champion 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, "Grilling for a Livin'" a rea. As they say, "When your livin' is on the line, your grillin' has got to be fine!"

The Carolina Rib King
Uncle Kenny's BBQ

Uncle Kenny's BBQ is a Clermont staple, and champion BBQ competitor. They are a family run business that prides itself on cooking some of the best barbeque around.

When it comes to great barbecue, Uncle Kenny's BBQ brings the world renowned flavors of Midwest style. Whether it's chicken, ribs, pork, or brisket, they slow cook with oak and use several spices in their dry rub for those great Midwest flavors. They also make their own sweet and spicy sauce that has that great sweet taste with a little zip. They pride themselves on using only the finest ingredients, which result in the finest barbecue. So if you’re looking for great barbecue look no further than Uncle Kenny's BBQ.

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Uncle Kenny's BBQ
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
Johnson's BBQ - Virgina Beach VA

Johnson's BBQ represents the culmination of over 75 years of experience and the secret to their success is how the food is prepared. Everything Johnson does is focused around authenticity, from his barbeque recipes to his custom made smokers. His meat is extremely high quality, smoked slowly up to 16 hours, and can be enjoyed with his 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, and he knows how to put up a fight. Dan doesn't like to brag but he has won the title of Best Ribs in America four times, Best Sauce in America five times, and has a list of other awards as long as your arm.

Johnson's BBQ - Virgina Beach VA
Smokin T's BBQ

Smokin T's BBQ out of High Springs, Florida, offers up the best in Southern barbeque. They're a family operated business that prides itself on cooking some of the most amazing barbeque around. Trained by the best, owners Ann and Tim Bolliger are some of the South's top pit-masters, ready to serve up some incredible flavors.

Smokin T's has a true passion for barbeque, and they prepare it in true competition style. The passion doesn't end with the top quality grilling, all of their delicious side dishes are homemade with secret family recipes made from only the finest ingredients. You can bet with their long history of competitive barbequing, their commitment to quality, and passion for delivering only the best, that this is barbeque you won't want to miss.

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Smokin T's BBQ

The Awards

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

Carolina Rib King will be back to defend his championship! Once again 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

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy live music and great food among the trees of our beautiful festival grounds.

Date Time Entertainment Details
Friday - October 12th, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm Marc Clermont & Blues Train VIEW DETAILS
Friday - October 12th, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm David Julia - NEW BAND! VIEW DETAILS
Friday - October 12th, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm The Mike Quick Band VIEW DETAILS
Saturday - October 13th, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm Baby Blues & The No Attitude Band VIEW DETAILS
Saturday - October 13th, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm Buddy Blues Band VIEW DETAILS
Saturday - October 13th, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm The Nightly Grove Band VIEW DETAILS
Sunday - October 14th, 2018 11:00am - 1:30pm Smokin' Torpedoes VIEW DETAILS
Sunday - October 14th, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & The B3 Blues Band VIEW DETAILS

Our popular Wine & Cheese Bar is located upstairs in the wine shop and will be open daily 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 12th, 2018 11:00am - 3:00pm Crenshaw VIEW DETAILS
Friday - October 12th, 2018 3:30pm - 7:00pm Jess Emery - NEW! VIEW DETAILS
Saturday - October 13th, 2018 11:00am - 3:00pm David Julia VIEW DETAILS
Saturday - October 13th, 2018 3:30pm - 7:00pm Ronnie Duncan VIEW DETAILS
Sunday - October 14th, 2018 NOON - 4:00pm Joe Hand VIEW DETAILS


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.

You can view the full list of artisans that will be at this show by viewing Featured Vendors Page.

Arts & Crafts Hours:

Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


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 21, 2018.

Fubu Pottery

Fun & Games

We think we have one of the most beautiful venues around for outdoor music and fun. Our festival grounds feature large shade trees and open grassy areas to set up your chairs or blanket. It's the perfect place to listen to live music and enjoy the great outdoors.

To add to the fun, we have a large number of cornhole games set up for everyone to play and enjoy for free. It’s the little things in life!

Fun and Games at the Winery

Food Court, Wine & Beer Bars

We offer a large variety of wine, beer, soft drinks and food for purchase at the event. Our food pavilion features a huge selection of quality food options such as American, Greek, Mexican, Seafood, BBQ, plus wraps and salads.

You can also enjoy Lakeridge wine by the glass, import and domestic beers, soft drinks, Wine Slushies, Twistee Treat ice cream, kettle corn, and pretzels.

Food Court, Wine and Beer Bars

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 12, 2018 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
October 13, 2018 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
October 14, 2018 11:00 am - 05:00 pm

Complimentary Winery Tours and Wine Tastings

South Lake Chamber of Commerce

South Lake County’s breathtaking landscape and quality of life have captivated people for centuries. Today, those same qualities attract businesses, residents, and visitors from around the globe. The Chamber has a proud and successful history of promoting commerce and providing an important connection between the workplace, community, and government.

For more information on ways to help, please call (352) 394-4191 or visit

We are happy to support the South Lake Chamber of Commerce and the work they do in our community by donating a portion of the gate proceeds to their great organization.

South Lake Chamber of Commerce

Important Festival Policies

Thank you for your interest in our festivals and events. We host thousands of visitors at our festivals and events, and our goal is to provide the greatest experience possible for ALL that attend. With that in mind we have developed a few simple rules and policies over the last 30 years that helps us to do just that. Please visit our Festival FAQ's page for details on those policies, and to get answers to our most frequently asked questions. A few notable policies are no pets, no guns or weapons, and no tents, canopies or umbrellas. We encourage you to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

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For more information about any of the events listed here, please contact Jose Cabranes at 800-768-9463.