Rhythm & Ribs Festival

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In these tumultuous times, conflict can actually be a good thing.  For example, if a bunch of champion chefs are competing to make the most mouth-watering BBQ, and they need you to help choose a winner.  Do your part and help settle the issue at St Augustine’s annual Rhythm & Ribs festival.

Rhythm & Ribs, one of St Augustine’s most popular events, runs from 11 AM to 10 PM on the weekend of April 1-April 2.  It will be live music and incredible BBQ all day, and it all takes place at Francis Field, an easy five-minute walk from Carriage Way Bed and Breakfast.  Admission is $10 per person on Saturday and $5 on Sunday.

Rhythm & Ribs is the signature fundraiser of the St Augustine Sunshine Rotary Club.  It requires 200 volunteers – and funds go to numerous community charities, including the Boys & Girls Club, SAFE pet rescue, and the Council on Aging.

BBQ cooks are coming from as far away as Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia.  Vendors will also be offering ice cold beer, snow cones and kettle corn, as well as craft and gift items.

Barbecue sauce and music will be in the air all day long.  This year’s festival will feature nine bands including Biscuit Miller, Go Get Gone and, headlining at 8-10 on Saturday night, New Orleans funk band Galactic.  Visitors are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

And after the last note has been played, bring your sticky fingers back to Carriage Way Bed and Breakfast.  Top off the evening with some wine or coffee and a sweet treat before you head to bed.  One favorite is the Aquamarine Room – it has an ornate king-size bed with a pillow top mattress, reclaimed heart pine wood floors, and antique furnishings.  The shower is travertine stone and features a rain head and body sprays.  There’s even a little seating area with an electric fireplace.  And before you ask, no, it’s not suitable for barbecuing.