Mmm, barbecue.

Mmm, roasted corn.

The annual Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival returns this weekend, July 11-13, with a new feature: the Brews Tasting Area.

The festival, sponsored by Four Roses Bourbon, is in its 17th year, and while it has always had beer on hand (hey, you can’t have BBQ without beer), this year it’s an added focal point in addition to the food and music.

blues brews bbq logoA press release didn’t reveal what kind of beer will be available in the Brew Tasting Area, but did say “guests will have the opportunity to taste a variety of well-known ‘craft’ beers for a nominal additional fee. Enjoy traditional craft beer favorites, as well as seasonal, rare and special releases.”

Hopefully that will include some local and/or regional brews and not Shocktop.

What we do know is that there will be a variety of barbecue from some of the area’s most popular local and regional barbecue joints:  Rob-a-Que, The Q, and Adam’s Ribs will offer summer favorites like chicken, ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and roasted corn.  You can also get traditional fair foods like corn dogs, burgers and ice cream.

Blues“This year’s festival is a wonderful showcase that brings together a great lineup of live blues music, food favorites and a variety of craft brews on tap,” event organizer Jennifer Washle said in the press release. “Each year the success of the festival allows us to add new elements and try new things. This year should be a lot of fun for folks across the community.”

Headlining the festival this year will be performers Mississippi Heat and John Primer. There also will be performances on Friday, July 11, from Sylvia Walters and Grove City, Stella Vees and Mississippi Heat. Saturday, July 12, it’s Da MudCats, Tanita Gaines, Little T&A and Primer.

The festival wraps up Sunday with performances by Lazy 11, Lamont Gillispie & 100 Proof and the Cheryl Renee Project.

The event also features The Courier-Journal Kids Entertainment Area with family-friendly inflatables and children’s activities. As always, parking is free. The fun begins Friday at 5 p.m. Festival admission is $10 before 6 p.m. and $14 afterward. Admission is free for children 10 and under. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, but guests must leave pets, food and drink at home.