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2014 Events

Pig & Pinot Patio Party at Butcher and the Boar

Friday, May 16—4:30-6:30 p.m.

Join us on the hottest patio in town to kick off Minnesota Monthly’s 3rd Annual Grillfest. Guests will sample light bites from Butcher and the Boar and Pinot from around the world.

Fare Includes:

  • Pinot wine samples
  • Rib Tips with B&B pickles
  • Butcher Brat, whole hog sauerkraut, mustard on an individual bun
  • Fennel and Paprika smoked ham, marinated Gran Queso, crackers
  • Stuffed Jalapeños
  • Bacon Shortbread

Wines Include:

  • Cambria Santa Maria Valley Central Coast
  • Carmel Road Monterey Central Coast
  • La Crema Willamette Valley
  • Jackson Estate Outland Ridge Anderson Valley
  • Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve California 

Tickets are limited.

Tickets: $50 (Includes all samples)
*Online ticketing is now closed. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. 

*All guests must be 21 to enter.

Event Highlights

This two-day festival provides you with the opportunity to discover the best smokers and sauces, recipes and rubs, summer sips and samples, and so much more. Get your summer grilling season started while enjoying live music, grilling demonstrations, and meeting local producers and makers of great products.

Key Features Include:

Visit Napoleon Grill’s exhibit space and enter to win a grill! No purchase necessary, complimentary entries available during the event

  • MINNE - EGGAPALOOZA: Local chefs from Butcher & The Boar, Firelake, Oceanaire, Marin, Mill Valley Kitchen, Zen Gluten Free, and the MN Beef Council will be grilling up tasty treats on Big Green Eggs under the shed.
  • Mad Dog & Merrill join the North Dakota State University BBQ Team: Members of the NDSU BBQ team, with Grillologists Mad Dog & Merrill, will be on-site showcasing their BBQ skills on Big Green Eggs. 
  • Ultimate Burger Experience: Presented by Kitchen Window, Amstel, Thousand Hills Cattle Company, and Memphis Grills. Attendees will learn how to build the perfect burger, guests will then grill their burgers, ending the experience enjoying their burger alongside a cold sip of Amstel Light. 
  • Stars of Food Network’s Food Court Wars: Pimento Grill will be on-site grilling authentic Jamaican street food.

Live Demonstrations:

Grilling demonstrations daily on the Minnesota Monthly stage.

Saturday, May 17—1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 18—1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

Live Music:

Enjoy live local music under the shed on the 89.3 Current stage.

Saturday, May 17

  • 1:00 p.m. - Joey Ryan and The Inks
  • 3 30 p.m. - The Cactus Blossoms

Sunday, May 18

  • 1 p.m. - The Ericksons
  • 3:30 p.m. - We Are the Willows

Pig Eating

Pig Wing Eating Contest. Check in with Croix Valley Foods for details.

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$30 online | $35 at the door

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Ticket includes food, wine, and beer samples, plus the grilling and music stages!

*GrillFest will occur rain or shine—
The Depot's outdoor space is covered!

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  • Less than $1.67 an issue.
  • 66.7% off newsstand price.
  • The best Minnesota has to offer.