The 10th Annual Bob Sykes Bbq & Blues Festival Was held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the beautiful DeBardeleben Park located in historic downtown Bessemer, Alabama.
Since 2010, the event has been filled with thousands of festival-goers. Attendees of the festival range from youth to adults. 2nd generation owner and pitmaster of Bob Sykes Bar B Q Van Sykes says “Each year the festival grows, and we couldn’t do it without our sponsors and the support of the community.” City of Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley says “The Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues Festival has been a great event for the city of Bessemer. It brings visitors to our city from across the state, southeast and even internationally. We’re proud that this festival will continue to be held in Bessemer and we’re looking forward to many more great years of barbecue and blues music in downtown Bessemer.” The festival has been chosen for numerous years as one of the top food festivals in Alabama. Since 2010, the festival has provided funding for local charities including Children’s of Alabama, Bessemer Education Enhancement Foundation, Clay House, Hands On Birmingham, Ady’s Army and Latch and Live Foundation. This year Bob Sykes will be giving a portion of the proceeds to Red Mountain Grace that provides apartments to patients receiving long term medical care at hospitals throughout the city of Birmingham.