National touring artist Damon Fowler will headline the 3rd Annual BBQ & Blues in historic Cocoa Village.
Fowler will join some of Florida's finest blues musicians including local one man band Matt Rossman, The Betty Fox Band, The Shaun Rounds Band and Josh Miller's Blues Revue. Scheduled for the second weekend in June, BBQ & Blues is not only a FBA-sanctioned pro BBQ competition, but its also been designated as a state championship by the governor of Florida and is an American Royal Invitational and Jack Daniel's World Championship qualifier.
On Friday, festival goers will also be entertained in the park by the Magic Dove Magic Shop. There will be a VIP Party at the Parrish Grove Inn and a Pub Crawl through Historic Cocoa brought to you by madhatterproductions.com. On Saturday, Riverfront Park will see the 'meat' of the BBQ contest and live entertainment from some of the best Blues Artists in Florida! Also not to be missed Saturday are the People's Choice judging at 11am, the Kids Fun Zone, various street entertainments, a vendor village showcasing the work of talented local artists and crafters, and of course the 5:00pm awards ceremony to honor the very tastiest in Florida BBQ!
This year the festival welcomes Brighthouse Networks and Everything Brevard as key sponsors. Admission to this great event is free and partial proceeds go toward supporting music in schools through Brevard Schools Foundation. The Historic Cocoa Village Association, the HCVA, represents the majority of the merchants in Cocoa Village. The HCVA's mandate is to help promote and encourage growth of the Historic Cocoa Village community and the City of Cocoa in general by organizing and hosting community events and activities in the Village. Funds raised support various promotions, general advertising and tourism development. The HCVA's most prominent events include four Art and Craft shows, the Spring and Fall Central Florida Car Shows and of course, BBQ & Blues. The HCVA also partners with the City of Cocoa and Cocoa Main Street in the presentation of various other events throughout the year.