If world-famous barbecue masters from Texas and Memphis (plus Australia and Toronto) aren't enough, there's some of the best jazz and blues this side of the Mississippi.

Why you should go:

If world-famous barbecue masters from Texas and Memphis (plus Australia and Toronto) aren't enough, there's some of the best jazz and blues this side of the Mississippi.

What to eat & drink:

You'll find all the lip-smacking barbecue goodness you could ever desire - the aroma alone could turn a vegan carnivore for a day. Try out local favorite (and perennial Critic's Choice winner) Smokin' Joe's or the famous Willingham's BBQ out of Memphis. You're going to need some napkins.

Entertainment:

Groups will perform throughout each day on three different stages. New Orleans' Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is a must-see on the AEP Stage at 9:15 p.m. Friday. Hailing from the Treme neighborhood - the birthplace of jazz - Andrews has mixed funk, rock and jazz to become of the hottest names in jazz today.

Don't miss:

Southern Living's pitmaster Troy Black will be on Long Street giving free cooking demonstrations and recipes to try at home. He'll also hand out some delicious samples.