Dining With Denise Neil

Blues, brews and lots of food trucks will entertain attendees at Andover festival

Saturday will be a big party day in Andover, where the annual Blues & Brews Festival will return to the Capitol Federal Amphitheater, a venue at 1607 E. Central in Andover.

The annual event, which features a lineup of blues, roots and rock acts, will start at 4 p.m. on Saturday, when the gates open. Musical acts start at 5 p.m., with a lineup that includes Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations, Terry Quiett Band, Tab Benoit and famous blues performer Walter Trout.

The event also will include a big lineup of food trucks, including Wichita favorites like Hot 2 Trot Gourmet Hotdogs, LumpiaPalooza and Uno Mas Mexican Cuisine.

New this year: Patrons will need to purchase food tickets before visiting a food truck. One ticket equals $1, and tickets can be purchased at a booth on the west end of the food court using cash or credit cards.

Attendees also can buy craft beer tasting kits for $10, which will entitle them to four 4-ounce pours of craft beer provided by Aero Plains Brewing, Breckenridge Brewery, Goose Island, Kona Brewing Co., Walnut River and Wichita Brewing Company.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $50 for premium seating, and $100 for patio seats, which include seating at a table, a beer tasting kit and a Mexican dinner catered by Rio. Tickets are available online only in advance at www.capitolfederalamphitheater.com. A box office will be open at the venue the day of the event.

Denise Neil has covered restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is the go-to place for diners to get information about local restaurants. She’s a regular judge at local food competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about dining.