Patterson Blues & BBQ Festival (September 8 & 9, 2018)
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September 17, 2018
RadioRotary co-hosts Sarah O’Connell-Claitor and Jonah Triebwasser interview two Patterson Rotarians, Billy Flash and Paul Toscana, about the Patterson Rotary’s annual Blues and BBQ Festival, a music-and-food tradition in Putnam County for the past seven years. Unlike most similar events, admission and parking are both free, which includes enjoying as many as nine different bands playing blues, rock-and-roll, and jazz (over the two days of the festival). The only cost is for food and drink purchased directly from the Rotary Club, which smokes its own ribs and barbecues pulled-pork and even bakes the baguettes for sandwiches. They even take care to use a locally raised hog for the pork. In addition to the food, the music by local musicians and stars from the New York Blues Hall of Fame is a big attraction at the outdoor event. Learn more: Patterson Rotary Club: