Lafayette Village hosts first annual BBQ, Beer and Blues Festival


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  • New Jersey-native Mike Esposito plays the dobro at the BBQ, Beer and Blues Festival at Lafayette Village.




  • New Jersey's own Flying Fish Brewery and Starr Hill Brewery supplied the craft beers for the tasting event.




  • This unlucky porker was turned into delicious pulled-pork sandwiches.




  • Patrick Heavey doesn't mind talking with his mouth full after he is crowned the winner of the pulled pork slider eating competition by LoHo Living's Colleen Brennan. Heavey won a $100 gift certificate to the Lafayette House after eating six and three-quarter sandwiches in five minutes.




  • Hometown favorite Patrick Heavey inhales his second pulled pork slider.




  • Lafayette's Kelly Heavey does her best to keep up with the rest of the pack at the pulled pork slider eating competition.




  • Mike Lawlor, of Mike Lawlor Banned, feels the music.




  • Newton's Jeff Brill, a late entry into the pulled pork slider eating competition, wolfs down his first sandwich.




By Scott Baker

Nothing goes together better on a warm summer day than great food, good beer and live music.

To capitalize on this match made in heaven, Colleen Brennan, co-owner of LoHo Living in Lafayette Village, organized the first annual BBQ, Beer and Blues Festival, which was held on July 27 and 28 at the 95,000 square foot shopping center.

“We’ve had really great success with the Jersey Corn and Tomato Festival and the Garlic Festival,” Brennan said, “so we hope to add this to the list of yearly activities.”

As the village is currently in foreclosure and looking for a buyer, these festivals are paramount to the promotion of the property, Brennan added.

Highlights from the festival included live music from blues acts such as Mike Lawlor Banned, the Lee Delray Band, Free Shrimp Band, Mike Esposito and New Orleans husband and wife combo Matt Perrine and Debbie Davis.

The Lafayette House, who “has been my biggest supporter,” Brennan said, roasted pork for the weekend-long festival and opened the ‘Steeple Bar,’ which was temporarily converted from the Village Hall. Beers on tap included New Jersey’s own Flying Fish Brewery, Starr Hill Brewery and Bud Light.

A pulled pork slider eating competition was also held each day of the festival. The first day’s competition went to Lafayette’s own Patrick Heavey, who ate six and three-quarter sandwiches in the five-minute time limit, earning himself a $100 Lafayette House gift card.

— Photos by Scott Baker

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