The United States is known for three things: freedom, liberty and barbecue. Okay, our nation is a bit more complex than tasty meats, but depending on where you’re from, one’s interpretation of barbecue can be a cultural delineation. In Texas, it’s mesquite meats and brisket, while the southeasterners swear by pulled pork (although fights frequently break out over the best sauce recipes). But in Key West, pig roasts can mean only one thing — Cuban styled pork and a “Rock’n” good time at The Basilica School’s 9th annual Roast.

The Basilica School will throw their “Rock ‘n’ Roast” on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 2 to 9 p.m on the beautiful school grounds at St. Mary’s in Key West. The event will feature a mouth-watering roasted pork dinner prepared by Chef John Correa of Café Sole. In addition, Key West’s favorite musical clan, The Doerfels, will headline this year’s music

“The Rock N’ Roast is all around fun,” said Basilica School Principal Robert Wright. “There are three parts to the event — the delicious Cuban cuisine, the live entertainment and the large silent auction.”

Furthermore, Wright says this year’s entertainment will include an array of kid’s activities, such as a balloon artist, face painting and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office traveling zoo. And in addition to the Doerfels, Key West music icons Zack Seemiller and Fiona Molloy will be performing throughout the day.

“What I find truly amazing is how year after year this community pulls together to support one another,” said Wright. “The school is on the receiving end of the community’s generosity in this event — and in the end the children win.”

Tickets can be purchased at the school, along with participating locations like Café Sole, Kia Key West and First State Bank on Simonton. Meal and admission tickets range from $22 for adults, $12 for teens, $5 for 6- to 12-years-old and the event is free for anyone under the age of 6.  There is also a $50 meal and open bar ticket, with discounts available when purchased in advance.

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Britt Myers traded in a life of monetary success, a chiseled body and intellectual enlightenment for a piece of the pie of the Keys Weekly newspapers. He is also the proud parent of an incredible six-year-old and a sucker for Michael Mann movies and convenience store hot dogs.