Bernard Blues & BBQ


The 7th Annual Bernard Blues and BBQ is set for September 9th and 10th, 2023 on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School!


The event features some of the best artisans in the Southeast with their work including: pottery, wreaths, door hangers, flowers, wood turned bowls, clothing, birdhouses, honey, jewelry, soap, brooms, metal art, glass art, freshly ground cornmeal and grits, and much, much more. While shopping, enjoy live music and the best pulled pork in the Southeast as well as ribs, hamburgers, brats, and chicken.


On Sunday at 4 p.m.  St. Bernard will give away cash prizes totaling over $12,000! Bring the entire family for a weekend of fun on our 800+ acre campus!  Hours for the event are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Admission is a $10 requested donation. Children under age 12 and under get in free. NO PETS, PLEASE! Festival guests can also tour our world-famous Ave Maria Grotto at a reduced admission of $5 all weekend.


Vendor applications are currently being accepted. Please note, all work must be handmade by the artisan. Commercial products are considered through sponsorships only. For more information, click the buttons below, contact Festival Director Joyce Nix at (256) 255-5860, or by email at All proceeds benefit St. Bernard Preparatory School.

Kansas City BBQ Society

Are you ready to experience the thrill of world-class barbecue competition? Do you want to taste some of the best grilled and smoked dishes in the region? If so, you won’t want to miss this. For the first time ever, St. Bernard is hosting the Kansas City BBQ Society at this year’s Bernard Blues & BBQ.
This exciting event will feature amateur cook teams from across the region, competing for cash prizes and bragging rights in a variety of categories, including chicken, ribs, and People’s Choice wings. The cookoff is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), the world’s largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts. You will have the chance to learn from the experts, as they share their tips and tricks on how to prepare mouthwatering barbecue.
Here are some of the teams that have signed up so far:
LWS Smokin Aces, Deviant Smoke, Lee La Q, Codeman’s BBQ,
Secondhand Smoke BBQ Team, Brothers Q BBQ Supply, The Real Squeal BBQ, NORALA BBQ TEAM, SMALL BATCH BBQ, Ward Brothers BBQ, Ghost Hill BBQ, Smokey Bees BBQ, FOCAS Smokers, PuckDaddy’s Killer Q, FLOSS & SAUCE, Redbones, Mad Rocket BBQ and 2 Swine Crew!

Entertainment Lineup

The Charlie Soul Band

Saturday 11:30-1:30 p.m.

The Sinners

Sunday 11:30-1:30 p.m.


2:00-4:00 p.m.







Bill Smith GMC



St. Bernard Preparatory School