Get Fired Up for the Grilling Season at Minnesota Monthly’s GrillFest!

Join us as we celebrate the return of the patio and grilling season at GrillFest May 19-20 at 5th Avenue South and 6th Street South downtown Minneapolis, produced by Minnesota Monthly, the same people behind the successful Food & Wine Experience. Purchase your $30 ticket online ($35 at the door) and join other grilling enthusiasts as you taste your way through a variety of flavorful grilled foods, sample summer wines and specialty beers, see the latest grilling products on the market (with special discounts available), gather recipes, and learn to barbecue like a pro.

There will be educational grilling demos, a grilling competition — sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Board — cooking presentations by Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe, and nationally recognized and self-proclaimed “grillologists” Mad Dog and Merrill on hand to entertain the crowd.

Feature areas include Girls “Man” the Grill, Ultimate Man Cave Tailgating, the HCMC picnic pavilion, demonstration stages, and performances by local bands — Western Fifth and High on Stress on Saturday, and The Boys N’ The Barrels and Sans Souci Quartet on Sunday.

A GrillFest ticket covers food, wine and beer samplings at many of the booths and feature areas, with larger food items also available for purchase. For more information, please visit