Monday, September 2, 2013

Family Fun at Westport’s Blues, Views & BBQ

On Saturday, my mother and I took my youngest son to the 6th Annual Blues, Views & BBQ festival in downtown Westport, CT.  It was the perfect way to celebrate the last weekend of summer (although, I’m still hoping for a couple more warm weekends!)

As soon as we arrived my little guy made a bee line right for the bouncy houses.  They had some really cool ones set up for the big kids like a mechanical bull and an American Gladiators-esque arena.  I was extremely thankful, however, that they had a smaller obstacle course inflatable set up for the younger kids! It was located in the back near the School of Rock stage. So, my son was able to bounce to his heart’s content while my mother and I got to listen to some extremely talented kids belt out classic rock tunes. Seriously, they were really, really, good. 

kidsfun

After bouncing we checked out the awesome bubble station where the kids could blow their own big bubbles or even get inside a huge bubble! How awesome, isn’t that every little kid’s dream!?  There was also a hilarious magician and face painting!

music

The little guy was thoroughly tired-out at this point so we headed for the main stage! We caught nearly the whole set of Sugar Ray & The Bluetones – so good. Our friends who attend every year said the bands are always top-notch and they were really looking forward to seeing Royal Southern Brotherhood later that night.

foodandbeer

Next, we headed off to check out the food and beverages. I was happy to see Bar Q, who I have written about before and Bobby Q’s which is owned by the same person, was also in attendance. There were plenty of options other than BBQ, too. Like lobster rolls from Blue Lemon, Melt Mobile sandwiches, The Local Meatball, Dave & Jerry’s hot dogs, Winnie’s Jerk, Rita’s Italian ice & Rolling Cones ice cream. I grabbed a Magic Hat Summer Ale from the tap truck – it was a hot day and it really hit the spot!

ctbitesdemo

On our way out we stopped by the CT Bites tent.  They were hosting chef demos from local restaurants throughout the day.  I was excited to check it out because I attended a CT Bites beer dinner (at Bar Q!) a few months ago and it was a blast! Chef Judy Roll from Tabouli Grill was cooking up little tuna patties served over a pomegranate slaw – O.M.G. it was so flavorful! I need to get to this restaurant for dinner ASAP.

saugatuckriver

Despite the overcast, muggy weather, it was a beautiful day along the banks of the Saugatuck river.  This festival will most likely be a Labor Day Weekend tradition in our family for years to come!

21 comments:

  1. This looked like so much fun, I was loving the pictures coming throw my photo stream of all the great food and things to do. And how much fun to be INSIDE the bubble!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Looks like they had some really cool stuff for the kids!

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  3. Outstanding review Sarah! Yes it was fabulous and I want to bring chairs next year, so we can sit and listen to the bands longer.

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  4. I want to be in a bubble! This was a great review and looks like you had a great time! :)

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  5. Had I known you were going, I would have made a point of attending! Glad you had a good time! :)

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  6. Fin for the whole family! Love it!

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  7. Forget the kid's dream - I want to be inside a giant bubble!

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