Large crowd visits Cambridge Groove FEST
CAMBRIDGE — Smoky barbecue flavors filled downtown Cambridge Saturday, Sept. 16, for Groove FEST: Blues, Brews and BBQs hosted by Cambridge Main Street.
The event celebrated Cambridge’s blues musical history, and paired a barbecue competition and street festival for the close of summer.
Beginning at noon, festival performers gave inter views, facilitated by WHCP blues program hosts Paul Clipper and Dr. Donna Flaggs. The festival performers included groups Uphill, SoulTET,
The Young Senators and Chris and Greyson English.
At 2 p.m., a guided “Groove City” walking tour by Eastern Shore Network for Change gave visitors a chance to hear about the people and places that inspired the nickname “Groove City.”
The Mojo 101: Regional styles in American Blues was an interactive presentation by Chris “Catdaddy” Palistrant and Adam “Deacon Blues” Nixon of the band Uphill. They talked about the sounds that make up regional blues styles like Chicago blues and Delta blues.
The street festival along the 500-block of Poplar Street and the 400-block of Race Street began at 5 p.m. and featured a barbecue competition with Cambridge Eateries providing a Memphis-inspired menu, drinks and cocktails.
Cecil Johnson’s Cambridge Spice Company won the barbecue competition with his pulled pork with pickle carrots. Low and Slow BBQ finished second. Bistro Poplar, Stoked Wood Fired Eatery and The High Spot also participated in the competition.
“I love this event because it feels so organic to Cambridge,” said Dorchester County Tourism Director Amanda Fenstermaker. “We have the seafood element here in Dorchester County, but barbecue and brew are also very important. The restaurants are very talented and offer very tasty barbecue dishes.
“Cambridge Main Street does a fantastic job showcases what we have to offer,” she said. “We love partnering with (Executive Director) Katie (Clendaniel) and Main Street. They are a great organization, and do so much good for our community.”
For more information about Cambridge Main Street, contact Katie Clendaniel at 443-477-0843 or visit www.cambridgemainstreet.com.
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Cecil Johnson’s Cambridge Spice Company won the barbecue competition at the Cambridge Main Street GrooveFEST: Blues, Brews and BBQs Saturday, Sept. 16, in downtown Cambridge, with his Pulled Pork with pickle carrots. Johnson, left, is joined by Rebecca Mullins.
Low and Slow BBQ finished second in the barbecue competition at the Cambridge Main Street GrooveFEST: Blues, Brews and BBQs Saturday, Sept. 16, in downtown Cambridge.
William Brooks of Southern Belles BBQ showcased different barbecue sauces at the Cambridge GrooveFEST: Blues, Brews and BBQs Saturday, Sept. 16.
Stoked Wood Fired Eatery served barbecue chicken nachos in the barbecue competition at the Cambridge Main Street GrooveFEST: Blues, Brews and BBQs Saturday, Sept. 16, in downtown Cambridge.