Dust off your sandals, your shorts and your lawn chairs. The 14th Annual Brews, Blues and BBQs lies just around the corner on June 23 from noon to 8 p.m.
The traditional rollicking opening of the summer season in Stevenson, this blast draws fans from across the Northwest to Teo Park right on the Columbia River. With views of the water, the mountains rising abruptly across the river, the setting becomes as much a part of the day as the music, the beer and the food.
This year's music will start off with the irrepressible Robbie Laws from noon to 3:30 p.m. At 4 p.m. the crowd rocking Rose City Kings take to the Deck finishing up at 7 p.m.
Following the lead of Stevenson's own award winning Walking Man Brewing, an interesting assemblage of Northwest craft brewers agreed to set up shop for the day with two taps each. They include: Full Sail Brewing, Big Horse Brewery, Double Mountain Brewery, Laurelwood Brewery, Bend Brewing, Roots Organic Brewing, Diamond Knot Brewing, Salmon Creek Brew Pub, Snipes Mountain Brewing, Flyers Brewery, Harmon Brewery, Big Time Brewing, Amnesia Brewery.
In addition five Gorge vineyards -- Wind River Cellars, Wheatridge in the Nook, Cor Cellars, Shady Grove, and Syncline -- will pour varietals.
Under the food tents, the BBQ factor will run from sloppy ribs dripping in sauce to the more traditional brat and slaw on a toasted bun served with a flair by such purveyors as Doc Q's Outwest Style BBQ, Boneyard BBQ, Karavan Mediterranean BBQ, and Mr. Oinks BBQ.
To keep the kids happy while the adults rock to the music, there will be a face painter, a balloon artist, hotdogs, popcorn and other little people activities.
A new addition to the Blues Brews and BBQs this year will be a wide variety of arts and craft booths. Local and not-so-local artists will set up in the park adjacent to Teo to show and sell.