June 24, 2016 / Last Saturday was the 9th annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue festival here in Downtown Allentown. According to The Morning Call, the event was bigger, bolder and better than ever, too. City Center Lehigh Valley’s Sales and Marketing Manager Mitch Hanna was in attendance, and reports back to us that the food, musical acts and local craft beers were nothing short of phenomenal this year. Organizers were hoping to top last year’s estimated crowd of 10,000 people, and we were not surprised at all that they did.
“It was a blast! I couldn’t get over how cool the music and vendor booths were,” Mitch told me. “It’s the best street fair in the area. I can’t wait to see what they do next year.”
The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce coordinates the festival through its Hamilton District Main Street program. Three blocks of Hamilton Street were closed to traffic to accommodate the crowds of festival-goers there to listen to great music and sample local craft beers, pulled pork sandwiches, barbecued ribs, beef brisket and more.
From The Morning Call:
This year, Blues, Brews & Barbecue expanded to a third block, stretching from Sixth Street to Ninth Street and had four stages. A record 25 food vendors — including, Baby Got “Que,” Bob-B-Q Sliders & Sides, and Fire & Spice BBQ — filled the span.
In another first, the intersection at Seventh and Hamilton streets was closed to make room for a bigger stage at The Hamilton Kitchen.
Here, thanks to City Center’s talented designer Andrew Robertson, are some pictures from the event. Enjoy!