BBQ & Brew Fest
370 S. VAN BUREN STREET
SHIPSHEWANA, IN 46565
BBQ & Brew Fest 2020
BBQ & Brew Fest is a community event featuring live music performances , awesome food, craft beer, a full service open bar, and more.
Enjoy stellar musical performances from fan-favorite David Evans, plus newcomers Surf Inc. Band and Little Something Band. Nosh on catering and quench your thirst with craft beer by local brewers and libations from the full-service open bar.
Taste burgers prepared by over a dozen local teams representing businesses and organizations from around the county and cast votes for your favorites as they compete in the 2020 Grill Masters Burger Competition!
BBQ & Brew Fest includes a child-safe, alcohol-free zone. Activities for families and children are available throughout the day and including an evening outdoor big screen movie showing on the lawn of the beautiful Farmstead Inn.
With VIP Wristbands priced at just $75 for adults, $40 for Designated Drivers, $20 for students, and children 12 and under admitted free, BBQ & Brew Fest truly offers something for everyone.**
**unless you hate good food, good music, and good company, in which case you sound like a real downer, so maybe just stay home and don't ruin our awesome event
BACK FOR 2020: AXE THROWING!
Get instruction on how to throw axes!
Metals awarded to top 3 finishers!
$20 for 3 throws
David Evans, originally from Brownsburg, Indiana, moved down to Nashville, Tennessee in 2013 after graduating with a music degree from Anderson University. He has continued to captivate audiences night after night combining catchy melodies with the storytelling of country music.
Surf Inc Band
Surf Inc, is a band that gets back to the roots of Rock and Roll, Pop, and Blues, with a pinch of Country thrown in. We love the classic pop and rock, especially the 60s- Stones, Beatles, Ventures, CCR, and all the rest!
Little Something Band
Little Something plays Indie and Americana style music. The South Bend-based band includes members Scott Vaerewyck, David Mortimer, Randy Norris, Karol Krueger, Sean Norris, and Eric Newcomer. With a unique blend of modern Americana, contemporary folk and some light rock and country thrown in, Little Something will be putting on a great show!
Watch as teams representing businesses and companies from around the county compete for the title of “2020 Grill Master” while raising funds to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County’s Middlebury and Elkhart Clubs
Our panel of local celebrity judges will determine the Judges' Favorite Award winner by sampling burgers on the day of the event. However, YOU control which team walks away with the title of Fan Favorite!
2020 Grill Teams Include:
ARBOC Specialty Vehicles
Crossroads Ambulance Sales and Service LLC
Elkhart County Board of Realtors
First State Bank
Graber Custom Remodeling
INterra Credit Union
LaSalle Council Boy Scouts of America
L & W Engineering, Inc.
Interested in entering a grill team? Click the burger to contact us!
BBQ & Brew Fest is not only a great time, it supports a great cause! After costs, all event proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County's Middlebury and Elkhart Clubs!
With multiple levels of opportunity, our event sponsors help make BBQ & Brew Fest a success in the community. Gifts are tax-deductible and our sponsors names are included on promotional tools and media.
Top sponsors receive complimentary VIP Wristbands for the event! See the sponsorship menu for details.
Interested in sponsorship?
Dan and Jan Morrison
Skinny Guy Campers
Huffman Family Foundation
Ron and Lisa Fenech Foundation
Scott & Kimberlee Welch
Tom Naquin Chevrolet, Inc.
Wilbur and Sarah Bontrager
Patrick Industries | Lippert Components, Inc. | Bill and Kristin Fenech Foundation
Community Foundation of Elkhart County | Gibson Insurance | Heritage Financial Group Elkhart
Jayco | Kash Family NE | Kelly & Karen Rose Foundation | L & W Engineering | Lake City Bank
Lucchese Family Foundation | Michael and Shelia Terlep | Thor Industries, Inc. | U93
Winnebago Foundation | SouthBank Legal: LaDue | Curran | Kuehn | Amish & Amy Shah
First State Bank of Middlebury | Campbell & Fetter Bank | Chase Bank | Goshen Health
INOVA Federal Credit Union | Nafe Alick | Robert Weed Corporation | The Horton Group
Vala Marketing | Centier Bank | Cindy Hayes & Phil Roth | Gurley-Leep Automotive Management
Himco Waste-Away Service, Inc. | INterra Credit Union | The Rex and Alice A. Martin Foundation
Ayr Custom Cabinetry | Bennington Marine | Bill's Collision Service | Edward Jones/Delwyn Shrock
Fernando & ULonda Sainz | Middlebury Animal Clinic | Middlebury Fire Department
NIPSCO | Parkland Plastics | Roberts Environmental Service | Terry and Tammy O’Rourke
TK Steel | Turkey Creek Farm | United Healthcare | USI Insurance Services | Welter Foundation
Frequently Asked Questions
How much are tickets?
Tickets range from $0 - $75.
What's included in the ticket/wristband price?
Great question! You will be pleased to know that this event is a FANTASTIC deal. Admissions include appetizers, dinner, dessert, non alcoholic beverages, live usic performances, burger tasting at the Grill Masters competition, family activties and an outdoor big screen movie showing. VIP wristbands include all of the above plus craft beer and a full-service open bar (for adults 21 and over).
Do I still have to pay for a VIP ticket if I am not going to drink alcohol?
No. You may purchase a Designated Driver Wristband instead.
Will you have non-alcoholic beverages available?
Yes. There will be a full selection of non-alcoholic beverages available including water and soft drinks.
I don't like beer! Will you have other adult beverages available?
Yes. There will be a full service open bar available for adults 21 and over with a VIP Wristband.
Is this event family-friendly?
Yep, as long as your family is awesome. There is an alcohol-free zone for the kids and we'll have family friendly activties throughout the day including and an evening big screen movie showing on the lawn.
Do kids get in free?
Admission for children 12 and under is free. Children MUST be registered to gain admission to the event.
Do I need to bring chairs or blankets?
Some seating will br provided. However, you can bring your own blankets and camp chairs. These will come in handy for the movie showing!
Can I bring my pet?
No pets allowed.