2012 GrillFest Events


Learn from the experts so you can be the expert. GrillFest features multiple events within events. In addition to two cooking stages, be sure to also check out the special features listed below.

A ‘Pork’tastic Cook-off:
This Little Piggy Went toGrilling Competition
GrillFest Pork Competition

Presented by the Minnesota Pork Board

PorkOn Saturday, six chefs will compete head-to-head, grilling up their best pork creations. Judges will taste the six dishes and declare the top two. On Sunday, the final two chefs will create a dish to present to the judges. The judges will then declare the champion.

Pork Competition

Saturday, May 19
1:20 p.m. – Pork Competition Round One
2:15 p.m. – Dr. BBQ
3:45 p.m. – Pork Competition Round Two

Sunday, May 20
1:15 p.m. – Mad Dog and Merrill
2 p.m. – Dr. BBQ
3 p.m. – Mad Dog and Merrill
3:45 p.m. – Pork Competition Finale

Dr. BBQ Cooking Presentations

Catch cooking presentations throughout the weekend from national chef and author Ray Lampe, aka “Dr. BBQ,” as seen on Food Network and HGTV and in Food & Wine magazine.



Mad Dog and Merrill

The dynamic duo Mad Dog and Merrill, TV hosts and self-proclaimed “Grillologists,” will share tips and secrets on the main stage on Sunday.

Mad Dog Merrill


Father’s Day “BBQ & A”

Kitchen WindowBrought to you by Kitchen Window, this expansive GrillFest area is dedicated to gift ideas, grilling tips for Dad, spices, rubs, grill accessories, cigars and so much more.

Ultimate Man Cave Tailgating Experience

MancaveThe Satellite Consultants—DIRECTV tailgating big rig will feature three grills and deliver delicious bites from NO Name Brands. Try your luck at hammerschlagen, a brand of the German game Nailspielen (the “Nail Game” or “Playing With Nails”), which reportedly dates to the first Oktoberfest in 1810. Attendees will receive grilling tips and recipes from the Minnesota Beef Council. Be sure to stop by, everyone at the Man Cave is excited to meat you.

Ultimate Man Cave MN Beef Council
No Name Zac Sat Ultimate Tailgating Truck


Hennepin County Medical Center Picnic Pavilion

HCMCHCMCMinnesota in the summer means reunions, family vacations, fun on our 10,000 lakes, exploring state and city parks, and going on road trips to new destinations. Experience the food resources and accessories available to make your outings memorable and safe. A special appearance by Ron Shara and his faithful sidekick, Raven, on Saturday.

Ron Shara

Captain Ken's Foods Firebuggz Willingham's World Champion BBQ


Girls “Man” the Grill

Alaska SeafoodWomen are turning up the heat. This area features women who “man” the grill. Check out the beer and wine pairings, recipes and tips-swapping. Watch demos hosted by Sue Zelickson.

Saturday, May 19Alaskan Seafood
2:20 p.m. – Demo by Lori McCann, Golden Fig
3:20 p.m. – Demo by Lori McCann, Golden Fig
4:20 p.m. – Demo by Sarah Master, Barbette

Sunday, May 20
1:30 p.m. – Demo
3:20 p.m. – Demo by Beth Fisher, Wise Acre Eatery
4:20 p.m. – Demo by Beth Fisher, Wise Acre Eatery


Grills, Grills and Grills!

Memphis Grills The Holland Grill Big Green Egg


Croix Valley Sauces featuring:

Croix Valley Sauces
Stok Grills
Lift Bridge Brewing
Beer Geek TV
Croix Valley Sauces


Quetopia BBQ Smokin’ Pavilion featuring:

Quetopia BBQ Kamado Joe The Good One


The Midwest Pantry Marketplace Tent

Midwest Pantry

Caves of Faribault
Groveland Confections
Himalayan Salt
Judo Joel’s Sauces & Marinades
l.c. finn’s
Locust Lane Vineyard
Lucille’s Kitchen Garden
Malone’s Simply Syrups
Midwest Pantry
Pigtale Twist Gourmet Dressings & Sauces
Worker B. Hand Lotions & Balms


Food Trucks–check back! More will be pulling up!

Food TruckGastrotruck
The Harvest Grill Mobile

Little G’s Mobile Pizzeria
Road Grill Café
Simply Steve’s
Stanley’s NE Bar Room “Stanley’s On Wheels”
Vellee Deli


Restaurant, Wine and Food Artisan Tents

Sample summer menus, and see which restaurants showcase great patios and rooftop dining.

Shop for Your Summer Entertainment Needs

From artisan food items to grills; gadgets to toys; recreate GrillFest experiences in your own backyard.

Live Music sponsored by:

89.3 The Current

Live Music

Saturday, May 19
1-2:45 p.m. – Western Fifth
3:15-5 p.m. – High on Stress

Sunday, May 20
1-2:45 p.m. – The Boys N’ The Barrels
3:15-5 p.m. – Sans Souci Quartet

Times subject to change.