Get ready for two days of world class blues music and the most talented pitmasters in the southeast competing for the best BBQ and over $10,000 in cash prizes. The 6th Annual Cocoa Village BBQ and Blues Fest will be on June 3-4. Over 50 pro pitmasters and their teams will be competing for the title of “People’s Choice,” “Best Sauce” and “Best Dessert.” The Cocoa Village BBQ and Blues Fest is also the 2016 State of Florida BBQ Championship and a World Food Championship BBQ Qualifier. This isn’t your typical backyard cook off, this is the real deal!
The weekend will kick off on Friday at 4:30 p.m. There will be live bands and the “Best Sauce” and “Best Dessert Competitions” on Friday evening. Starting at 7 p.m. the 2nd Annual Friday Night Toga Pub Crawl will travel through the village.
Tickets to the pub crawl are $15 in advance, and $20 the day of the event. Tickets come with five free drinks. Come dressed in your most realistic toga, Roman solider or Egyptian queen costume for the chance to win prizes. Costumes are not required. The pub crawl will begin at Pub Americana and travel to Murdock’s Bistro, Ryan’s Village Pizza, Village Idiot Pub and end at Dog N’ Bone. Tickets and more info can be found on MadHatterPromotions.com.
Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the “People’s Choice Competition” will begin. All day long the judges will be on the hunt for the best chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. At 5 p.m. the winners of the competitions will be announced. Catch live music on the Riverfront Park stage all day long.
The 6th Annual Cocoa Village BBQ and Blues Fest is free and open to the public, but if you want to get the real VIP treatment you can purchase VIP passes. The VIP passes will get you access to air conditioned tents, private seating to watch the concerts, access to the only liquor bar, a free buffett, VIP bathrooms, free drinks and more. Tickets can be purchased on EventBrite.com.
For more information about the 6th Annual Cocoa Village BBQ and Blues Festival, please visit CocoaVillageBBQandBlues.com or call (321) 631-9075.
By Alyssa Brady, Staff Writer