Cooking Demos

Chef James Kyndberg

Saturday, June 23 • 12:30-1:30pm

Watch Chef James Kyndberg, executive chef at Union Minneapolis, create a simple three-course menu in the great outdoors, right before your eyes, turning cheese curds (and cheese curd crumbles) into delicious dishes!

“The most underrated Chef in the Twin Cities.”

-Jason Derusha, Twin Cites food critic

Matthew Beranek

Saturday, June 23 • 4-5pm

Watch Matthew Beranek, Smokey Treats BBQ, show off this creative culinary skills that have earned him “best cheese curd festival dish” and the golden ticket to the World Food Championships from Bacon Bash!

“Best Cheese Curd Festival Dish – Two years running.”

Musical Guests

Cole Allen

Saturday, June 23rd
Park Stage

Cole Allen, critically acclaimed solo artist and guitarist for the Sena Ehrhardt Band, is without a doubt one of the most exciting up-and-coming singer/guitarist/songwriters of contemporary blues and rock music.

Allen was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN in a home where music was always playing. He explains, “That’s certainly why I love so many different styles of music. My dad was always playing ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix whereas my mom would listen to Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder.” At age 13, Allen received a guitar for his birthday and started a band of his own only a year later. In the decade that followed, the Cole Allen Band toured extensively throughout the Midwest and notably opened for Bret Michaels, LA Guns, Bobby Rush, Corey Stevens, and John Mayall.

Reverend Raven
& the Chain Smokin’ Alter Boys

Saturday, June 23rd
Park Stage

Born and raised in the Englewood neighborhood on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 16 year hitch in the Navy, Chief Raven moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers. Since 1990 he has opened for B.B King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz, Rod Piazza, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Duke Robillard, Jeff Healy, Trampled Underfoot, Mike Zito, Nick Moss, Tommy Castro, at Buddy Guy’s Legends where he has been on rotation as a headliner for 20 years.