June 20, 2017 12:25 pm
Updated: June 21, 2017 12:33 pm

Free outdoor admission for 2017 Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival

Colin James rocks the stage during the 2014 BBQ and Blues Festival.

BBQ and Blues Festival website

WINNIPEG –Fans of blues music and smoked BBQ can now enjoy free admission to the outdoor site of Winnipeg’s annual BBQ and Blues festival.

Now in its sixth year, the downtown event will feature 15 outdoor musical acts like Big Dave McLean, The Perpetrators, Jack Semple and more, all free of charge.

“We are pleased to once again host the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival that will see the downtown core filled with the delicious smells of barbeque and soulful sounds of blues music,” Kevin Donnelly, with True North Sports + Entertainment said.

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Festival goers can also enjoy enhanced food options from world class barbeque stations, as well as food and product demonstrations from Luxe Barbeque Company and Manitoba Pork.

The free admission is provided by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and the Host it Downtown fund.

“With the announcement of free outdoor admission, we hope to make this into a real street party with loads of food options and music,” Donnelly said.

This summer’s festival will take over Smith Street in front of the Burton Cummings Theatre on August 11 and 12.

Tickets are also available for headlining acts at the theatre. The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson with supporting acts MonkeyJunk and Romi Mayes will headline on Friday night. The Blind Boys of Alabama, featuring the Mariachi Ghost and Jack Semple will take the stage Saturday.

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