Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Blues, Brews and Barbecue

BF asked if we wanted to invite our newlywed couple friends to an event this Saturday.
I asked: Isn't it a barbecue event? Aren't they vegetarian? Will this fest have anything they can eat?

Uh, yeah. Vegetarian/vegan local fave
Balasia is a vendor. Allentown thinks of everything.

This Saturday's Blues, Brews and Barbecue event is fun for everyone (including vegetarians) and is happening from noon - 10PM on Hamilton Street between 7th and 9th Streets in Allentown.

This annual free event is an urban festival in the tradition of great downtown fests: kids running through the fountain, music, casual food, outdoor drinking, and after parties. If you don't plan get there early, bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

(pics from last year's event, courtesy of Tara Craig)

Some new features for 2011: two stages for non-stop live music, expanded entertainment like cooking demos and fire performing, an array of artists and expanded activities for children including rides and even a petting zoo in Allentown's "Pocket Park" at 8th & Gordon.

Confirmed Vendors include Made in Brazil, Maison Blanc's Deliciously Wicked BBQ, Danny's Fine Foods, Fat Boy's House of BBQ, 8th Street Creamery, Fegley's Brew Works, The Back Door Bakeshop, Grumpy's Barbecue Roadhouse, Balasia, Sangria, and Valenca.

How to get there: Take Route 22 to 7th Street, and instead of going north to the mall like you usually do, go south into downtown Allentown. Park for free in the Farr lot (20-32 N. 8th St.) or Spiral deck (820-836 Linden St.):

Spiral deck (natives call it the Hess's deck for the store that isn't there anymore)

* "After the show is the afterparty": Downtown restaurants will all be offering "after blues specials." We will likely head over to Cosmopolitan's new rooftop deck to check out the views and drink a yummy cocktail (enjoy responsibly, people).

** "After the party is the hotel lobby": And if you don't feel like enjoying responsibly, Holiday Inn Center City is offering a special $99 blues rate if you want to stay over.

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