Festivals provide guests with the opportunity to meet fellow comic-book enthusiasts, sway to the twang of guitar riffs, and settle vendettas via pie-eating duels. Indulge festively with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a weekend pass to the Stratford Blues & Rib Fest, held Friday, June 24, through Sunday, June 26, at the William Allman Arena in Stratford (a $40 value).
The second-annual Stratford Blues & Rib Fest teams up award-winning rib chefs from across North America with Maple Blues Award– and Juno-nominated music acts. Today's deal grants admission to the weekend festivities, where more than 20 scheduled bands and musicians, such as Jordan John, Michael Pickett, and Danny Brooks, pluck, strum, and warble on indoor and outdoor stages. Renowned ribbers such as Ontario's own Jack the Ribber and the Kentucky Smokehouse of Louisville tickle meaty keyboards in competition for cash prizes and immortalization in lyrical ballads. Slake rib-induced thirst with fresh suds and draft root beer in the beer gardens (food and drink prices vary by merchant and are not included with this Groupon), browse shiny rides at tractor and motorcycle shows, and belt out spiritual ditties at Sunday's Gospel Music Festival. Patrons can savour the festival's sounds and tastes while enjoying views of the Avon River's peaceful banks and Lindy-hopping swans.