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Press Release – 2010 Taste of Grand Rapids

July 2, 2010

From a Clear Channel press release…

“Taste of Grand Rapids & Barbecue Competition” Features Two Days of Food, Fun, and Music

(Grand Rapids, MI)   The 2010 “Taste of Grand Rapids & BBQ Competition” kicks off Friday, July 23rd and Saturday, July 24th for two days of food tasting, live music, and a sanctioned barbecue tournament, at John Ball Park, 1300 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Hours for the “Taste of Grand Rapids and BBQ Competition” are 3pm to 10pm on Friday, July 23rd and 11am to10pm on Saturday, July 24th.

Admission and parking to the “Taste of Grand Rapids” is free.  Patrons may purchase tastes and samples of food from 25 participating Grand Rapids area restaurants.

Live non-stop entertainment will be featured by 17 different bands including Echoes of Pink Floyd and Zooropa, two nationally renowned tribute bands.

Along with a wide variety of food and entertainment, the “Taste of Grand Rapids” will feature a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned contest during the two days of the “Taste of Grand Rapids”.  Approximately 50 teams from half a dozen states are expected to compete to determine the State Barbecue Champion of Michigan.

“The food is the real star every year at the  Taste of Grand Rapids,” said Rich Berry, Events Coordinator for the event.  “We have a number of new restaurants, so people will be pleasantly surprised. We want to give people the opportunity to try a number of different types of food inexpensively in one setting.

“The Taste of Grand Rapids is also an excellent opportunity for us to showcase a number of terrific local bands.”

A Pink Floyd tribute band Echos of Pink Floyd will be headlining the “Taste of Grand Rapids” on Friday, July 23rd and a U2 tribute band Zooropa will headline on Saturday, July 24th.

“Both of these bands perform nationally and we are honored that they have chosen the Taste of Grand Rapids to showcase their talents. They are extremely talented and you actually think you are hearing the real bands,” said Berry.

Hours for the “Taste of Grand Rapids” at John Ball Park are from 3pm to10pm on Friday, July 23rd and from 11am to10 pm on Saturday, July 24th.  Admission and parking are free.  John Ball Park is in northwest Grand Rapids, located at 1300 West Fulton Street.

Participating Restaurants Include:

25 Kitchen & Bar
Buffalo Wild Wings

Buono Mangiare Catering
Café San Juan

Cold Stone Creamery
Corner Bar
Georgio’s Gourmet Pizza
GoJo Ethiopian Cuisine
Famous Daves
Fred’s Italian Restaurant
Koeze Retail Stores
Mafia Mike’s Pizza
Red Robin
San Chez Bistro
Schondelmayer Bar-B-Q
Taquito’s Mexican Grill
The Melting Pot
Wing Heaven
XO Asian Cuisine
Grand Traverse Pie Company

Live Entertainment Includes:

Friday, July 23

Don Bidell

Jim and Adam

Cities and Saints

Left Hand Daisy

Sam Parks

The Narrative

Echoes of Pink Floyd

Saturday, July 24
Don Bidell


Nine Mile Smile

Lefty Malone



Just Jake


The Narrative


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