WINNIPEG – The sweet smell of barbeque and the familiar sound of blues music will be prominent around the Burton Cummings Theatre this weekend.
The fifth annual Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival will shutdown streets in The Exchange on Friday night and all day Saturday.
Starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, Smith Street will be closed from King Street to Notre Dame Avenue. At 5:30 p.m. the closure will extend to Ellice Avenue until 8 a.m. Sunday. King Street will also be closed from Smith Street to Notre Dame Avenue between 5:30 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Sunday.
“We have a whole area for the barbeque competition and we have a food demos going on a stage there and then of course we have the outdoor stage where there are beverages available and music going all the time,” said festival organizer Rick Fenton.
Some of the performers include: The New Meanies, Big Dave McLean, Righteous Ike, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar and headliners; Creedence Clearwater Revisited playing inside the Burton Cummings Theatre Friday night. The Voice Season 10 finalist, Laith Al-Saadi takes to the stage Saturday. You can check out a complete lineup of the acts online.
Throughout the two days, 25 teams will be camped out onsite fighting for top honours in the ‘Pit Master’ competition. The prize is $10,000.
The Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival kicks off Friday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. and runs until Saturday night.
The tickets are available online.