Attendees Arrive for the Music, but Stay for the Food at Roots N Blues | KBIA

Attendees Arrive for the Music, but Stay for the Food at Roots N Blues

Oct 7, 2016

While music may be the draw for some of the attendees of the Roots N Blues N BBQ festival, it’s not the only thing attendees may look forward to. A lot of Roots-n-Blues music lovers are also food lovers.

While barbecue might have played the title role, patrons could also enjoy ribbon chips, homemade pies, fried catfish and many other options.

Ken Wright decided on ribbon chips and a corndog after trying out other foods at the festival.

“I’ve been looking at these things for three days now and I couldn’t pass ‘em up anymore. I’ve had the fish tacos, the beef tacos, the BBQ ribs, we’ve had about everything here almost,” Wright said.

Attendees observe a roasted pig at the Roots-n-Blues festival.
Credit Riley Beggin

Kellye Greenwald and John Wallace were at the festival to see Southern Culture on the Skid and Deke Dickerson, but Greenwald was also happy to see the multiple craft beer tents.

“I like the fact that there are vendors here and I want to see what they have. I love the fact that I do not have to drink – this is Burr Oak Brewing Co., I like that we can get craft beers. Please don’t make me drink Budweiser. Is that a thing here?” Greenwald said.

Dan O’Connell visited the festival from Wentzville, Missouri. He had ordered chicken fried rice, but it wasn’t the first thing he noticed.

“When you’re down by the stage the initial thing you catch is the smell of maple syrup because they have some kind of pancake, a waffle thing down there that’s got maple syrup to it. It’s honey, maple syrup and it wafts right over the area where the main stage is here. That’s the first smell you get and then everything else is whatever booth you’re in front of,” O’Connell said.

Rick Gains planned on eating both hamburgers and gyros at the festival, but wished for more blues than barbecue.

“I’m disappointed in the music so far. I thought we’d have more blues, the soul of the blues. So tell Richard, and whoever else who puts this on, he needs to get back to some roots of the blues and some horns on the blues instead of some of the rock n roll sound, the folk sound,” Gains said.

Brenda Blanks arrived from Moscow Mills Missouri.

“I came to see Southern Culture on the Skids and I also want to see Grace Potter. Everything, I want to see everything, I want to look at it all. You never know, you might find something,” Blanks said.