ClamBQ Promises More Fun, Food in Orleans

ClamBQORLEANS – The fourth annual ClamBQ Orleans Food and Music Festival taking place tomorrow is expanded with more food and more music, and organizers are promising more fun than ever before.

The festival has outgrown its location at the Odd Fellow Hall and takes place tomorrow in its brand new location at Eldredge Park.

The festival kicks off at 11:30 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Noelle Pina, executive director of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, explained the name comes from wanting to celebrate two things that Cape Codders like: clam bakes and great barbecue.

The day-long event will feature a traditional clambake dinner complete with steamers, lobster, corn and potatoes. The experts from Big Dog’s BBQ at The Orleans Bowling Center will be serving pulled pork sandwiches and special sides.

Area restaurants are also invited to come and at the food court will be Land Ho! Restaurant, the Yardarm Restaurant, Nauset Beach Club Restaurant, the Jailhouse Tavern, the Local Scoop, Nauset Fish & Lobster Pool and Ames Pizzeria & Beverage Court by Cisco Brewers.

Three local bands will be playing: Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys!, the Rip-It-Ups, and Digney Fignus.

There will also be a kiddie land of activities for children and, another new event for the ClamBQ, a juried craft fair.

The craft show will showcase pottery, jewelry, fiber, glassware, food and other handcrafted items.

In addition, a food court will feature fare from several local restaurants, The main stage will feature performances throughout the day by Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys, The Rip It Ups & Digney Fignus.

The festival also includes the craft show and free kids’ activities, including hay rides, face painting, inflatable games, crafts and corn hole.

Pina said, “We are very excited to hold the ClamBQ at Eldredge Park. Everyone in Orleans has been very supportive and are thrilled to bring their family and friends to this year’s festival. We guarantee a great time for everyone!”

Tickets are $35 for the clambake dinner and $25 for the BBQ (both include admission to the event).  General admission tickets are $10 (food and drinks not included) and kids 12 and under are free.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at or at the Orleans Chamber of Commerce on Main Street.

Listen below to hear more about the festival from Noelle Pina, executive director of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, and Erik Oliver, chairman of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce.

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