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Brews, blues and BBQ in Stevenson

Event open from noon to 10 p.m.

Dust off your sandals, your shorts and your lawn chairs.

The 15th Annual Brews, Blues and BBQs lies just around the corner on Saturday, June 21.

This year's event will expand later in the evening with the gates open at noon and live music continuing until 10 p.m.

The musical talent includes Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes, Frank Goldwasser and Alastair Greene and culminates with the sounds of D.K. Stewart and the DK 4 (the original Paul DeLay Band) with Mark DuFresne.

In between each band, the mic will be open for local musicians.

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. The short list includes Double Mountain, Bend Brewing, Amnesia Brewing, Full Sail Ale, Nikasi. Over 17 brewers are anticipated.

In addition, seven Gorge vineyards including Wind River Cellars and Erin Glenn will pour their varietals.

Under the food tents, the BBQ factor will run from sloppy ribs dripping in sauce to the more traditional brisket and pork sandwiches served with a flair by such purveyors as Doc Q's Outwest Style BBQ, Outlaw Barbecue, Whiskey Flats Gourmet Foods and several more. There will also be chicken bento and some delicious desserts plus Italian sodas.

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.

For the second year, an addition to Brews Blues and BBQs 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 Park to show and sell.

Brews Blues & BBQs is sponsored by the Stevenson Business Association and in 2008 proceeds will benefit the Skamania County Food Bank.


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