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Events | 10th Annual Cruise, BBQ and Blues Festival: Art You Can Drive

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

If I had to define myself by three things they would be my love of friends, food and all things vintage. Imagine my delight to learn that I could incorporate all three just by attending the 10th Annual Cruise, BBQ and Blues Festival in Oro Valley!
10th Annual Cruise, BBQ and Blues Festival_ Art You Can DriveThe time, patience and love it takes to cultivate a work of art is no different when on canvas or in the design of an automobile. Behind each vehicle there is a story, and over 170 classic car owners will converge in Oro Valley this month to share those stories.
The annual Cruise, BBQ and Blues Festival, one of the area’s premiere events of its kind will mark its 10th year of drawing spectators throughout the region to see hundreds of classic and custom cars while supporting Veterans.
Oro Valley Cruise, BBQ and Blues FestivalIn addition to the hundreds of classic, muscle, sports and specialty cars, the event will feature fun activities and children’s activities, live musical performances, vendors, and a BBQ food court.
All proceeds benefit the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, a Non-profit Organization that raises money to support innovative arts therapy and educational experiences for local Veterans. The car show is the organization’s primary Winter fundraising community event and has allowed SAACA to provide thousands of local Veterans with no-cost arts experiences at the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration.

What to Expect at the 10th Annual Cruise, BBQ and Blues Festival

  • Over 170 classic, sports cars and trucks on display
  • Custom designed awards by local artist John Benedict
  • People’s Choice Awards
  • Featured beer by Hensley Brands
  • BBQ from local chefs and restaurants including Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ, Chef Ken Foy from Dante’s Fire, Chef Mat Cable, Brother John Beer, Bourbon & BBQ, and Red’s Smokehouse. Additional food vendors will serve sweet treats, coffee and snacks on-site.
  • Community raffle featuring over $2,000 in prizes
  • Inflatable Jump Land by JumpMaxx
  • Children’s art activities by Lucky Cat Social Art
  • Interactive Exhibitors including Top Golf, In n’ Out Burger, Allstate Insurance, Sage and more
  • Andrada Polytechnic High School from Vail, Rincon High School and Canyon del Oro Auto clubs will be on-site with a flat track race car and pit crew demonstrations

2018 Cruise, BBQ and Blues FestivalYou know we’re all about the food, so here are just some of the bites you can expect:

Chef Ramiro Scavo of Red’s Smokehouse will be collaborating from Brandon Hamm and J. Vincent presenting

  • Pulled pork
  • Grilled steak sandwich
  • Pork riblettes
  • Smoked chicken plate

Chef Patrick Vezino of Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ will be collaborating with Faye Leerson and John Aldecoa serving

  • Smoked baby back ribs
  • BBQ pit beans
  • Vinegar coleslaw

Tuscon Original Restaurants featuring Mat Cable of Fresco Pizzeria & Pastaria will present

  • Brisket
  • Ribs

Chef Ken Foy from Culinary Graduate will be serving

  • Pork butt and sausage
  • Lamb taco

Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ’s Chef Samual Alboy will be serving

  • Wings

Additional snacks and menu items from

  • Coldstone Creamery
  • Jozzarelli’s Food Truck
  • Fruitshack Smoothies & Yogurt
  • Mini Donuts

Beer provided by Hensley Beverage Company

  • Budweiser
  • Bud Light
  • Barrio Blonde
  • Barrio Citrazona
  • Four Peaks Peach Ale
  • Four Peaks Kilt Lifter

Looking to have a little fun? We’ve got the entertainment lineup for the Cruise, BBQ and Blues Festival

10am until 11am | Whiskey River Dogs want you to get ready to rock country in a big time way.

11:30am until 12:30pm | Known to captivate audiences with a dynamic show, Johnny Faber & the Road Kings will entertain the crowd with soulful renditions of classic country ballads to dance floor rocking blues.

1pm until 2:30pm | Mason, a Tucson based blues rock group, has recently released their album “Midnight Road.” Get a first taste of their stripped down blue collar blues, heavy on the rock with some contemporary flash.

We can’t wait to check out the festival and with all that will be happening throughout the day, we know you won’t want to miss it.

The 10th Annual Cruise, BBQ and Blues Festival is taking place Saturday, February 17th from 10am until 3pm at the Oro Valley Marketplace located at 12155 N. Oracle Road in Oro Valley.

Tickets are only $5, Veterans receive $1 off and attendees 10 and under are free.

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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