The 6th Annual GrillFest hits CHS Field in Lowertown May 13 and 14, and it's the perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day weekend

By Aubrey Schield

Ah summer. It's a little difficult to imagine as I look out my window at an overcast sky and hear rumors of snow flurries to come early next week. But one thing I can look forward to with the changing seasons (even if the transition isn't happening as quickly as I might like) is Minnesota Monthly‘s annual barbecue-firing, beer-tasting, wine-sipping extraordinaire, GrillFest.

The event takes over CHS Field in St. Paul's hip Lowertown neighborhood, just a few steps from downtown, each year in early May, and this year, it just so happens to fall on Mother's Day weekend. Talk about a perfect gift for mom!

Quick Facts

  • Tickets cost $50 online and $55 if purchased at the door
  • This is a 21+ event; no one under legal drinking age will be admitted to the event
  • GrillFest is on, rain or shine, May 13 and 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. at CHS Field in St. Paul

Exhibitor Highlights

With around 100 vendors slinging drink and food samples, you definitely won't go hungry at this event. In other words, come hungry. This year's GrillFest features pop-ups from local eateries like Ox Cart Ale House, a Lowertown favorite, downtown Minneapolis' Fogo de Chao and Rival House Sporting Parlor along with major chains such as Minnesota-based Hormel, Big Green Egg and more.

And to wash down all that grilled goodness, they have craft beer and spirits from countless vendors. Try the inventive brews from Minneapolis-based Lakes & Legends Brewing Co., selections from Surly's arsenal of beer, time-tested favorites from August Schell Brewing Co. and many, many more. Honestly, the list is a bit overwhelming (in a good way). And if beer doesn't cut it for you, grab a sample of wine from Cannon River Winery, Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery and more.

Getting There

CHS Field is conveniently located in St. Paul right off of I-94 and near several parking ramps, surface lots and ample metered street parking. I recommend using Metro Transit to catch a ride to and from GrillFest, however. And you can even ride for free by filling out a quick survey and downloading a complimentary pass here.

Want to get in for free?

Sign up as a volunteer and receive two complimentary GrillFest tickets for yourself and a guest! Volunteering is a great way to experience all the fun of the event, meet vendors and spend time with friends. Sign up today!

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