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Press Release – Taste of Grand Rapids

July 24, 2012

From a Clear Channel Media press release…..



Emerging Country Music Singer Kristen Kelly to Perform

Area Restaurants to serve Local Delicacies


(Grand Rapids, MI – July 12, 2012)-– A flavor explosion will hit John Ball Park at the 14th annual Taste of Grand Rapids featuring a state-sanctioned barbecue competition, non-stop entertainment, and a wide variety of food from 26 local restaurants. 101.3 The Fox, Star 105.7 and B-93 will host the event Friday, July 27 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 10p.m.


There are many reasons to come to the Taste of Grand Rapids,” said Tim Faegan, Event Director. “From the children’s area, to the live entertainment, to the food and wine pairing and the beer, there truly is something for everyone. Not to mention it’s free to attend. Above all, the food is the real star of the show, and the main attraction.”


The Taste of Grand Rapids will include live, family-friendly entertainment and will feature Kristen Kelly, an emerging country singer signed to Arista Nashville, on Saturday night. A new artist on B-93, Kelly released her debut single “Ex-Old Man” earlier this year and recently joined Brad Paisley on his Virtual Reality World Tour. Taste of Grand Rapids proudly welcomes her as one of Nashville’s hottest, up-and-coming artists to wow the audience. Event hosts will include 101.3 The Fox on Friday and Star 105.7 and 93.7 B-93 on Saturday.


Visitors will also enjoy a state-sanctioned barbecue competition in which the best of the Midwest will compete for the State of Michigan Barbecue Champion title. Teams will compete by serving up their best barbecue ribs, chicken, pork, side dishes and more. The winner will advance to Kansas City to compete for a national title against teams from across the country.


The entertainment lineup includes:


Friday, July 22:


3:00p……Tomas Esparza Blues Experience

4:00p……GR Acoustic Song Writers

5:00p……Thirsty Perch Blues Band

6:00p……Karisa Wilson

7:00p……Lee Weemhoff

8:00p……Mark Sala

9:00p……Lucas Wilson

Saturday, July 23:


11:00a……The Old Timers

12:15p……Stand Mroz & Band

1:30p……The Old Timers/Stan Mroz & Band

Jam Session

2:00p……On the Beach Band

3:00p……BBQ Competition Awards

4:00p……Cold Cash Machine

5:00p……Daredevil Circus

6:00p……Viper Road

7:00p……Shelagh Brown

8:00p……Tyler Farr

9:00p……Kristen Kelly


Grand Rapids flavors will be available from the following restaurants:

Chez Olga
Florentine’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar
Freds Italian Restaurant
Grand Traverse Pie Co.
Grillmaster’s BBQ
Happy’s Pizza
Red Robin
Schondelmayer Bar-B-Q
The Venue
XO Asian Cuisine
Jamaican Daves
Koeze Company
Mad Dogz
Melting Pot
River City Smoker
Twisted Rooster

Families will enjoy free admission, parking and entertainment during the Taste of Grand Rapids. Attendees will be able to use food tickets to purchase popular dishes from each restaurant. Food tickets will be available in packages: four tickets for $5, eight tickets for $10, and 16 tickets for $20.For more information about Taste of Grand Rapids, visit


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