Crowds gathered on Jesup Green and along banks of the Saugatuck River for Westport's 6th Annual Blues Views & BBQ Festival on Saturday for the start of a weekend of live music, barbecue and family friendly fun.
"It's the Blues Views and BBQ. They have a kid-zone and it's just awesome," said one child.
"We used to have it behind the library and in the Levitt Pavillion, and we're doing it this year in front of the library, so it's actually quite nice down here," said the fair's organizer Bob LeRose. "It feels a lot more open, we got a nice breeze off the water and it just feels good."
Residents from near and far did not have travel south of the Mason Dixon line to taste southern style barbecue and music hosted by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association and The Levitt Pavilion. All festival proceeds fund various programs throughout downtown Westport.
"We have 14 bands that we booked this year, coming from local bands, to regional bands, I think our furthest one is coming from New Orleans this year," said LeRose. "We look all over the place for them."
"I love the blues and I love barbecue and they were both together so I said I got to go and I love the band line up they had there, some great people they had lined up and I wanted to see them," said Mark Lineweber.
And what would a blues festival be without a live cooking demos and a barbecue throw-down. Twenty-two teams went head-to-head in the Cooking for a Cause Amateur Barbecue competition, competing in four categories: chicken, ribs, chef's choice and dessert. This year's winner: Two Little Pigs BBQ.
"They like the little bit of extra spice that we put in there, a nice smoke flavor too as well," said Two Little Pigs Chef Mark Zacherl.
"Oh my goodness, the barbecue is fantastic," said Christiaan Rizy of Heisenberger. "We did a South African version of a beef-short rib, we did a chicken thigh that is actually bone in it looks fantastic and its basically marinating in a bloody mary mix."
"Pork, chicken and ribs, and it's really delicious and there's nothing like it," said Francine DeSilva.
"They had pork, they had burgers, they had hot dogs, and it was really good."