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BBQ pros from the community compete to see who has the best ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and brisket. Take a stroll through the smoke and have a sample to see if you can pick out your favorite.  

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If you've never had local, homemade beer you are in for a treat. Homebrewers share their best renditions of their favorite lagers, ales, meads, and ciders.  Come on over and say "Cheers!".

Includes wine samples from Wine Creations.

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Listen to a variety of covers from oldies to today's top hits. 

Beer & spirits available from the Outpost Bar & Grill


Admission Price
$20  Ages 21+
$15  Ages 16-20
FREE Ages 15 and under

The BBQ & Brewfest is an annual celebration in support of the Deer River Chamber of Commerce. This fundraiser is open to all ages and is your chance to experience great food, great homebrew beer, libations, and music at an outdoor venue, reminding us what great events the Northland has to offer. Join us on Friday and Saturday, July 16th and 17th, 2021 for a BBQ competition and homebrew sampling while enjoying live music.

Friday evening there is a chicken wing contest held in the Outpost Bar & Grill. See the link below for details on how to enjoy all types of smoked chicken wings.


Saturday's festival showcases 10 to 15 competing BBQ teams that prepare free samples* for attendees, included with event admission ticket.

Complimenting the BBQ on Saturday and also included with event admission, is homebrew sampling*. Typically, 14 to 18 homebrewers participate, with an overall offering of 50 to 85 unique craft beers, ciders, or meads. This year's event will not include the homebrew competition as in previous years, but public sampling will continue as always! The BBQ & Brew Fest is a great opportunity for brewers to fine tune their brewing skills and showcase their creations to the community.

There will also be a bean bag tournament Saturday evening, starting around 6 PM and going until sunset. See the Festival link below for more information.

Directions: Wayside Park is located in Deer River, Minnesota next to the White Oak Inn & Suites. There is easy access from US Highway 2 and free event parking as shown on the site map.

What to bring: Lawn chairs, sun protection, water, etc. This event will occur rain or shine, so dress for an afternoon of outdoor fun.

What not to bring: Coolers and adult beverages. This is a fundraiser to support the Deer River Chamber of Commerce with complimentary food and beer. If you wish to eat or drink something not offered at the event, there are other options available for purchase from the Outpost Bar & Grill.

COVID-19 considerations: This is an outdoor event with plenty of room to maintain as much personal distance as you desire. Masks are not required, but please do whatever you are comfortable with. There will be hand sanitizing stations available for public use.

*Samples of BBQ and homebrew while they last.

No upcoming events at the moment

Note updated start time for Chicken Wing Contest is 7:00 PM!



Schedule of Events

Weekend schedule for all competitors, vendors and guests.

BBQ Competitors

If you want to sign up to compete in the BBQ competition on Saturday click below.....

Homebrew Sampling

Public sampling will continue as always, but the competition has been postponed for this year's event.

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