The 7th annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival will take place over the Labor Day weekend, featuring a musical slate headlined by the Spin Doctors and Rick Derringer.

There will also be a barbecue competition as well as the "spiciest selection of food and drink vendors," according to Lee De Monico of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association.

That DMA is sponsoring the event that will take place Saturday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Aug. 31, on the grounds of the Westport Library and the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.

"It will be the strongest musical lineup, fiercest barbecue competition, and spiciest selection of food and drink vendors yet," De Monico said in a press release. "This festival isn't just blues or barbecue: it's a huge downtown Westport party for all ages and tastes. "

Organizers worked hard, De Monico said, to bring "an impressive array of blues, rock 'n' roll, funk, soul and jam talent to the festival this year." They include industry veterans Spin Doctors, Rick Derringer, Bill Kirchen, Popa Chubby; festival circuit favorites Anders Osborne, Mia Borders, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Raw Oyster Cult, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys, Rory Block, Coco Montoya Band and Connecticut's Bobby Paltauf Band.

"This genre-straddling lineup is sure to please anyone from the grassroots neophyte to the discerning blues aficionado," De Monico said.

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Where: Grounds of the Westport Library and Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts
When: Saturday, Aug. 30, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 31, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Family Fun Fest closes both days at 8 p.m.
Sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association
For ticket or additional information: or call 203-505-8716.

There will also be "Cookin' for a Cause" barbecue competition held Saturday in the Imperial Avenue parking lot. "As it is every year, this competition will be sanctioned, presided over and judged by the foremost American barbecue authority: the Kansas City BBQ Society," De Monico added. "Their barbecue expertise will determine the local champions of preparing chicken, pork ribs, Chef's Choice, and dessert."

Proceeds will benefit the Westport Woman's Club Food Closet, which provides more than 500 bags of non-perishable food and more than $15,000 in grocery gift cards annually to local families in need.

De Monico said "serious eaters and those who just like a delicious challenge" can do battle in the festival's rib- and pie-eating contests in which participants "are tasked to eat a rack of ribs or cream pie, as fast as possible." There is a mini-pie eating contest, for kids.

There is no fee to join these eating contests, but participation is limited, so those interested in the challenge should apply at

The event will be catered by a variety of restaurants, including Bobby Q's Bodacious BBQ, a mainstay of the area's barbecue scene; Winnie's Jerk with Caribbean-style chicken and fish; Blue Lemon Restaurant for lobster rolls, grilled chicken and sausage sandwiches; Dave & Jerry's Hot Dog Trolley; Meltmobile, featuring gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches; sweet treats from Rolling Cones and Rita's Italian Ice, and Kettle Corn.

Food experts from the culinary blog CT Bites will also be on hand with demonstrations and tips by local chefs.

For ticket or additional information, visit: or call 203-505-8716.