Que the Creek BBQ event returns after successful 2020 debut at Battle Creek

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BATTLE CREEK, Michigan – The fun food festival will take place on Saturday, February 5 at downtown Kellogg Arena.

Local food vendors featured in the 2022 event include Black Market Smokehouse, Finley’s Grill & Smokehouse Island Style BBQ, On the Roll Food Truck, Pop’s BBQ and Redline BBQ Smokehouse.

Smokie’s Smoken Hot mixologist, Joshua Cronk returns as mixologist, along with newcomers Jen Will and Chris Fuld. They will concoct specialized craft cocktails to complement the BBQ menu. Local beers, craft beers and wines will be available for $4-6 a glass.

The 2022 BBQ Festival will once again feature live music. Chris Canas, “the prince of Detroit blues”, will kick off the event. Battle Creek native Sam Luna will entertain the crowd with his growing body of original songs, as well as hits from the decades through the 60s. The evening will be wrapped up by rising star Jake Kershaw, who released his debut album, “Piece of My Mind”, in 2017 when we were only 16 years old.

This year’s event will also feature barbecue-related vendors. Look for barbecue sauces, smoked cheeses, jerky, and even custom barbecues. “Penetrator Events is pleased to partner with the Small Business Development Office and the Kellogg Arena to bring this event back to our community since the inaugural event in 2020!” said Jeremy Andrews, owner and operator of Penetrator Events. “We are honored to work with a great group of people and the best barbecues in the community. And we are excited to see the live music that we have prepared. Good food. Good music. Big business. We’ll see each other there!”

Tickets for this family event are $5 at the door, with children 12 and under free. Buy advance tickets online for two for $7 at quethecreek.com.

The following COVID-19 protocols will be in place for Que the Creek, so please plan accordingly: Face masks are required to participate in the event. Participants must wear their mask when not eating or drinking.

The arena will be well ventilated, so dress as you would for an outdoor event in the spring or fall. Tables will be spaced apart for social distancing, and arena seats will be open to allow for additional space. Food and beverage lines will be in place to allow for proper social distancing.

Que the Creek is hosted by the city’s Office of Small Business Development and the Kellogg Arena. It is powered by Penetrator Events.

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