Mama Nibbles: Michigan #BarleyBBQBeats Music Festival + #Giveaway

Michigan #BarleyBBQBeats Music Festival + #Giveaway

I am not being paid for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. I was gifted tickets to help facilitate this post and for the giveaway. #BarleyBBQBeats

This year the Hospice of Michigan will be hosting its 3rd annual Barley, BBQ & Beats music festival! This is a celebration of all things barbecue (from leading pit masters), handcrafted cocktails (from Michigan distilleries), live music (from hometown faves), and Eric Zane from WBBL as emcee! It takes place on Sunday, May 19th at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids from 5-9 pm. Tickets are $40 in advance and are available at Proceeds from this event will benefit Michigan's Open Access Fund. #BarleyBBQBeats

Hospice of Michigan is one of the largest hospice providers in Michigan. Their mission since they began in the 1970's is to provide peace, comfort, and care for all no matter the age, diagnosis, or ability to pay. They depend on financial support from donors to facilitate their care of those in need, philanthropic giving also funds research, education, and innovation at the Hospice of Michigan Institute. You can make a profound difference in someone's life, see ways to help:

Guests will enjoy their choice of three BBQ servings and three hand-crafted cocktail tastings with each ticket. Additional tasting tickets will be available at the event.

Hand-crafted cocktail tastings will feature whiskies from Michigan distilleries. The following vendors have been confirmed, with more still to come:

      ·         American Fifth Spirits
·         Bier Distillery
·         Detroit City Distillery
·         Grand Traverse Distillery
·         Gray Skies Distillery
·         Long Road Distillery
·         Coppercraft Distillery
·         Iron Fish Distillery
·         Red Cedar Spirits
·         Two James Spirits

BBQ will be catered from such leading west Michigan pit masters and restaurants as:

·         Black Bull BBQ
·         Dallas Deli
·         Jonny B’z
·         Main Street BBQ
·         Ms. Piggie’s BBQ
·         Papa & Ooma’s BBQ
·         Saladino Smoke
·         The Grilling Company
·         Two Scotts Barbecue
·         Louise Earl Butchers
·         Main Street BBQ
·         Slows Bar BBQ
·         Daddy Pete’s BBQ

Gluten and dairy-free options, as well as vegan selections, will also be available.

Guests will enjoy an array of west Michigan’s best live music to dance the night away including performances by Domestic Problems, Mid-Life Crisis, Big Dudee Roo and The Fast Hands Band.

“This event is a delicious opportunity to give to a great cause,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations, Hospice of Michigan. “We’re so thankful for the generous support we received from the community at the last two festivals, and we expect this year to be even more special.”

Guests will also be invited to pay tribute to a deceased loved one by posting a photo or sharing a memory in the long passageway leading into the field.
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Event sponsors include: Betz Industries, CareLinc Home Medical Equipment & Supply and Meijer – Smokehouse Sponsor; Vista Springs, Fiftth Third Bank, Hansen Balk Steel Treating and US Signals – Barbecue sponsor; Belknap Hill Trading Post, WOOD Radio and Universal Forest Products, Inc. – Barley sponsors; Ace Vending Services, Inc., Thomas P. Sarb and Ruth Ann Brevitz, LeeAnn Clay, Mercy Health, Metro Health: University of Michigan Health, Pioneer Construction, Specialty Metal Fabricators, Inc. ,The Meijer Foundation, Van Dellen Steel, Inc. and Wolverine Worldwide – Beats Sponsor; Applied Imaging, Hon. Sara J. Smolenski and Linda Burpee, Jim & Judy Czanko, Dan Vos Construction, Forest Hills Foods, George & Barbra Gordon, Huntington National Bank, Michigan Association of CPAs, Samaritas Senior Living, The Score and Weingartz – Backyard BBQ Sponsor. To secure sponsorship, please contact or 616-356-5229.

GIVEAWAY! 2 tickets to the festival Giveaway ends 5/12 @ 12 am EST.

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