ROANOKE, Va. -

The grills were hot and the music was loud at the 8th annual Blue Ridge Blues and Barbeque Festival.

The popular festival draws hundreds every year to the Reserve Avenue Complex.

Local vendors sold t-shirts, food and gifts while a number of bands hit the stage.

Barbeque vendors said festivals like this one are a great way to meet new customers.

"When you're at a festival where you have mass numbers of people that means more people have a chance to know your business and taste your food and they ask where can I find it and it just brings people to your location," said Jerald Rouse of Smokehouse Barbeque.

The event ends Saturday night at 10 pm.