2012 Taste of Grand Rapids & BBQ Competition
A flavor explosion will hit John Ball Park at the 14th annual Taste of Grand Rapids featuring a state-sanctioned barbecue competition, non-stop entertainment, and a wide variety of food from 26 local restaurants. 101.3 The Fox, Star 105.7 and B-93 will host the event Friday, July 27 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 10p.m.
"There are many reasons to come to the Taste of Grand Rapids," said Tim Faegan, Event Director. "From the children's area, to the live entertainment, to the food and wine pairing and the beer, there truly is something for everyone. Not to mention it's free to attend. Above all, the food is the real star of the show, and the main attraction."
The Taste of Grand Rapids will include live, family-friendly entertainment and will feature Kristen Kelly, an emerging country singer signed to Arista Nashville, on Saturday night. A new artist on B-93, Kelly released her debut single "Ex-Old Man" earlier this year and recently joined Brad Paisley on his Virtual Reality World Tour. Taste of Grand Rapids proudly welcomes her as one of Nashville's hottest, up-and-coming artists to wow the audience. Event hosts will include 101.3 The Fox on Friday and Star 105.7 and 93.7 B-93 on Saturday.
Visitors will also enjoy a state-sanctioned barbecue competition in which the best of the Midwest will compete for the State of Michigan Barbecue Champion title. Teams will compete by serving up their best barbecue ribs, chicken, pork, side dishes and more. The winner will advance to Kansas City to compete for a national title against teams from across the country.
The entertainment lineup includes:
Friday, July 27:
3:00p……Tomas Esparza Blues Experience
4:00p……GR Acoustic Song Writers
5:00p……Thirsty Perch Blues Band
Saturday, July 28:
11:00a……The Old Timers
12:15p……Stand Mroz & Band
1:30p……The Old Timers/Stan Mroz & Band
2:00p……On the Beach Band
3:00p……BBQ Competition Awards
4:00p……Cold Cash Machine
Grand Rapids flavors will be available from the following restaurants:
Families will enjoy free admission, parking and entertainment during the Taste of Grand Rapids. Attendees will be able to use food tickets to purchase popular dishes from each restaurant. Food tickets will be available in packages: four tickets for $5, eight tickets for $10, and 16 tickets for $20.For more information about Taste of Grand Rapids, visit http://www.b93.com/common/taste-of-grand-rapids.
Taste of Grand Rapids - John Ball Park
July 27 & 28
Live entertainment, family fun, and more!
Event Grand Champion-$1,500 & trophy
Event Reserve Grand Champion-$750 & trophy
Ribbons and prize money awarded to the top 5 finishers in all meat categories. All of the top 10 will also receive ribbons.