As cars drove by the Hayden field on Worthen Rd. in Lexington Ma., they couldn’t help but notice the myriad tents, live music, BBQ competitors, grills and a large crowd entering the gates. What was going on? It was the first annual Lexington Battlegreen BBQ Festival and it was held this past weekend on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17. The Festival, organized by Steve Eastridge, LABBB Behavior Specialist, Paula Rizzo, LABBB Recreational and Integration Coordinator, and Eric Driscoll, LABBB volunteer, saw their hard work payoff as this event proved to be a great success. The attendees gave rave reviews for the two-day festival stating that they hoped it was going to be held next year. It seemed that everyone in town for the weekend heard about the event.
Although Saturday was a cold day, it didn’t seem to hold many people back from enjoying the great food, live music, three on three basketball tournament, cooking demonstrations, and vendor BBQ as over 1000 people came through the gates. As you entered, vendors were lined up including: Blue Ribbon BBQ, Lesters BBQ, Jasper Whites Summer Shack, Terrior Coffee, Stoddards, Apple Crisp among many other vendors selling BBQ equipment and accessories, talking BBQ and giving their best grilling tips. The first day drew to a close at 7:00pm and Jasper Whites Summer Shack provided a clam bake for all the competitors staying overnight in the field.
The second day, Sunday, the sun appeared and the gates again were being lined with people coming in to get a dose of BBQ and experience the event as Burlington Real School of Music took to the stage with live performances and was a hit! In the late afternoon, the competitors began to get excited about the BBQ competition as the judges started the taste tests. Over 30 competitors competed in this nationally sanctioned event and the torrential downpours the night before, as they were camped out in their trailers, did not intimidate them. Remember, they are professionals and this is something that would not hold them back from showing their best BBQ.
Well over 2000 people came through the gates on Saturday and Sunday and the Lexington Patch and the Colonial Times Magazine were on hand capturing the moment to share with readers.
The two-day festival ended with the BBQ Awards ceremony beginning at 3:30. Steve Eastridge, with the Lexington Revolutionary soldiers standing in the background, announced the winners of each category. The competitors take this seriously and it showed when they heard their name called!
Below are the event Coordinators for the 2011 Lexington Battlegreen BBQ Festival. We want to thank them for their hard work and dedication for this fundraiser that benefits that LABBB Collaborative Program.