By MINDY LUCAS
If you’re looking for some good food and a good time in the name of a great cause, look no further. The 2020 Bands, Brews & BBQ is coming up this weekend.
Sponsored by Beaufort Memorial Hospital, the two-day event will feature live music, a barbecue competition, craft beers and children’s activities.
Funds raised will go toward the Friends of Caroline Hospice, a local organization serving the needs of Beaufort County residents.
“It’s a fun, family friendly event and it supports a great organization,” said the organization’s Director of Community Engagement LaNelle Fabian. “And it’s the first event of the season, so we kick off the season in Port Royal with it.”
As Fabian explains, Friends of Caroline dates back to 1977 when Caroline Sue Quann, who was from Beaufort, died of cancer at the age of 31.
Quann’s wish was to be at home for her final days where she could die with grace and dignity, said Fabian. A group of her friends resolved to provide her with companionship and medical care during this time.
After her passing, the same group went on to form Friends of Caroline Hospice and the organization became the first non-profit hospice in Beaufort County.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the organization in its mission to provide quality-of-life care that offers hope and encouragement to those nearing the end-of-life’s journey and support for their family, friends and the community.
Friday night will feature a Wing Throw Down from 5 to 9 p.m. at the port, in Port Royal, or 601 Paris Avenue. Event goers can sample wing recipes from participating cooks while enjoying live music from Savannah Country/Americana band, Lyn Avenue.
A barbecue tasting will follow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Cook teams from across the Southeast will be cooking up award-winning recipes at this official South Carolina Barbecue Association sanctioned event.
Live music on Saturday will include Sidestreet Walkers, Chris Jones and Frogmore Stu.
Daily admission is $10 per person. Children 10 and younger will be admitted free. Samples of wings and barbecue on both days will be available with $1 tickets, sold at the event. Beer, soda and wine will be available for purchase.
Weekend passes are available online only for $15 per person. General admission passes are available online and at the gate.
The event will take place rain or shine. For tickets or more information call 843-525-6257 or visit www.fochospice.org.
Want to go?
What: Bands, Brews & BBQ
When: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 (Wing Throw Down);
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 (BBQ Tastin’)
Where: Paris Ave., Port Royal
Tickets: Daily admission is $10 per person. Children 10 and younger free. Samples of wings and barbecue on both days will be available with $1 tickets. Beer, soda and wine available for purchase. Weekend passes are available online only for $15 per person.