D.C. Barbecue battle mixes fun, food and music

WASHINGTON — For more than 20 years, the Safeway Barbecue Battle has been a one- stop shop for good food and music along Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest D.C. It’s an unofficial kick-off to summer and is the city’s largest food and music festival.

At the two-day festival which takes place through Sunday, tourists and local residents can enjoy grilled grub from around the country, family entertainment and cooking demonstrations.

This year’s event will help raise funds for D.C. Children’s Charities and The Capital Area Food Bank. It also features a Military Chef’s Cook-off presented by IKEA, in which representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will participate to benefit the USO Metropolitan Washington.

WTOP’s Kathy Stewart contributed to this report.

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