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Taste of Grand Rapids event to host 25 local restaurants, live entertainment

Fifth Third Ballpark is expecting over 30,000 people this weekend at this year's event to enjoy food and live music.
Listening to live entertainment

Listening to live entertainment /Courtesy of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment

Have a taste at Culver's

Have a taste at Culver's /Courtesy of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment

The 15th Annual Taste of Grand Rapids will take place July 19 and 20, featuring a wide variety of food from 25 local restaurants. The family-fun event will also be hosting a state-sanctioned barbecue competition, West Michigan Trucking show and live entertainment from performers such as this year’s headliner, Aaron Tippin.

The winner of the barbeque competition will advance to Kansas City where they will compete for a national title. Teams will bring their A-game to the competition by serving their best barbeque on a variety of meats such as ribs, chicken and pork. The barbeque awards ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 20.

In addition to the barbeque competition, there will be over 25 restaurants serving food. Among them are the Twisted Rooster, Café San Juan, Louis Benton Stakehouse, Moo-ville Creamery, Chez Olga and The Melting Pot.

“We always have so much fun interacting with the people, letting them try the food and just enjoy our day out with the community. Grand Rapids has so many interactive people that we look forward to going to these events and creating relationships,” says Kate Greene, Marketing Manager at Louis Benton Steakhouse.

The lineup for music includes performers such as local bands Blue Molly, Delilah Dewylde and the Lost Boys and Afro Zuma.

“The event is about bringing music and food together and we anticipate another great year with the restaurants that are involved. We have taken our entertainment lineup to a new level by bringing in classic country singer Aaron Tippin on as the headliner for Friday night,” says Samantha Bennett, promotions director for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, who are coordinating the event.

Taste of Grand Rapids will take place Friday from 3 p.m to 10 p.m and Saturday 11 a.m to 10 p.m. Food tickets are available in packages: four tickets for $5, eight tickets for $10, and sixteen tickets for $20. Parking will also be available for $6, and admission is free. Get a full list of restaurants and entertainment here.

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