BBQ, Blues, and Brews Brings the Taste and Sounds Back Downtown


On Saturday, November 9, the downtown area will be flooded with great tastes, sounds, and smells once again. In Fuquay-Varina, this only means one thing, and that is the return of a local favorite event. The best in local breweries, music, and smoked meats will take over once again that day, at the annual BBQ, Blues, and Brews festival.

The competitors will be out in full force for the BBQ competition in downtown Fuquay-Varina

Tasting is an All-Day Activity!!!

Once again, this year’s BBQ, Blues, and Brews festival will take place ion teh heart of downtown Fuquay-Varina. Sample the most delicious smoked and BBQ fare in town at the old Stephens Hardware Building, 405 East Broad Street in Fuquay.

As always, the “tasting tickets” for BBQ, Blues, and Brews will be on sale the day of the event. These will first go on sale at 11:45 a.m. The actual start time for the event will be 12:00 p.m. and it will run until 4:00 p.m.

Much as with years’ previous, it can be expected that the most skilled “smokers” and “cookers” will be on hand. In addition to bragging rights, cash prizes will be awarded to cook teams at BBQ, Blues, and Brews in a variety of categories.

Can’t Forget the Brews at the Festival

Likewise, with the delicious BBQ, the multiple downtown breweries will be out in force at this years’ festival. A staple of Fuquay-Varina’s downtown, you can enjoy a variety of cold and refreshing brews from some of the top area brewers while taking in the tastes and sounds of the day.

The local breweries will also be out for the annual Downtown festival

BBQ, Blues, and Brews…and Shopping???

In a new addition to the BBQ, Blues, and Brews festival, this years’ event features a “Maker’s Market.” Working with partner, Triangle Pop-Up, the Fuquay Varina Downtown Association (FVDA) will debut this portion of the festival on November 9.

This family-friendly feature will welcome all local vendors to sell their good to the thousands exp[ected to be in attendance. Get a head start on some holiday shopping, or just pick up a few unique items and support area merchants in doing so.

The Kevin Olson Band and Groove Line will both perform live at the event

BBQ and Brews Go Perfect with the Blues!

As is tradition, there is local BBQ masters and local breweries on hand for this annual favorite. Consequently, local vendors also will be participating for the first time this year, too. But, it just wouldn’t be BBQ, Blues, and Brews, with out the “blues.”

Thus, returning to the fall downtown tradition will be two of the most popular local musical performers. Starting the day off will be the Kevin Olson Band, who notes they have new music to debut at the event. Fininshing up the day at centerstage will be Groove Line. This fan-favorite of a band has included the trumpet work of longtime Fuquay-Varina Commisioner, William Harris, who will be bringing “friends” to the 2019 festivities.

Notable Times and Schedule for 2019 BBQ, Blues, and Brews Festival on Saturday, November 9

  • 11:45 a.m– “BBQ and Brews Tasting Tickets” Go on Sale
  • 12:00 p.m.- Event “Kick-Off” at Old Stephens Building Downtown Fuquay-Varina
  • 12:00- 2:00 p.m..– Kevin Olson Band takes the stage to perform
  • 2:00- 4:00 p.m. Groove Line takes the stage to perform

For more information on this and all other great upcoming community events, visit the FVDA’s website at

Photon Credit: Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association