The National Capital Barbecue Battle is an annual competition between top BBQ restaurants from the DC area and around the country. This sizzling summer festival is packed full of food, music and special attractions. It features a free sampling tent and live entertainment on three state-of-the-art stages, including 30 reggae, rock, R&B, jazz, and blues bands. The National Capital Barbecue Battle has been voted a “Top 10 BBQ Event” by The Travel Channel and Discovery.com and has been featured on broadcasts all over the world. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the gate. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs in Washington.
The music lineup looks particularly good on Saturday, with the Reggae Stage (yes, a whole stage just for reggae!) featuring The Wailers (performing many of the classic hits from Bob Marley and The Wailers), Lucky Dub, Jah Works, Second Wind, Walking Sticks, and I&I Riddim. For the Go Go lovers, EU and Sugarbear will be commemorating the 25'th anniversary of "Da Butt" (has it really been that long ;-)
Let's meet there at noon so we can enjoy the free "while supplies last" sample tent, then go enjoy the music. If you have a light-weight folding chair you can sling over your shoulder, bring it along. I'll be sending out my cell # to everyone so you can call to find the group. We'll be meeting up with two other groups at this event, Social DC and Social Md.
1. Getting There. Take the metro red, blue or orange line to the Metro Center station, or take the green or yellow lines to the Archives station. Walk to Pennsylvania Ave. The festival takes up 5 blocks of Pennsylvania Ave, from 9th Street to 14th Street. You can't miss it.
2. Getting In. Pay $12 at the gate, or buy a ticket in advance at Eventbrite.
3. When To Arrive. For the best food, come early; for the best music, stay late ;-) There's great music all day, with the best bands later in the day:
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Opening Ceremony
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm I&I Riddim
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Walking Sticks
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Second Wind
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Jah Works
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Lucky Dub
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm The Wailers
There are free (while supplies last) BBQ samples in the Safeway tent in front of the Old Post Office (in the middle of the festival). The free samples will probably run out by 2'ish, but after that, you can get BBQ from any of the multiple restaurants and vendors that will be at the event.
4. How to Find the Group. First, come to the Pepsi Stage, at 9th Street. That's where the reggae bands will be playing. Then you can check the website here to see if anyone has posted info in the comments, or you can call me (Allen) on my cell phone. I'll post my number in the comment section below on Saturday morning.
At a big event like this surrounded by a crowd, it can be hard to tell who is with the group. That can put damper on being friendly and meeting other members. To solve that problem, I have red wristbands to hand out to everyone. That will make it easy to tell who is with our group--just look for everyone else wearing an identical red wristband.
When you get to the event, come find me (Allen) and ask for your wristband.