Barbecue lovers rejoice: Hospice of Michigan, the largest provider of hospice care in the state, is unveiling a first-of-its-kind community celebration.
Barley, BBQ & Beats will showcase whiskeys distilled in Michigan, along with barbeque from leading pit masters and barbeque restaurants on Saturday, May 21. The evening will also feature live entertainment, including performances from hometown favorites Domestic Problems, Mid-Life Crisis and Big Dudee Roo.
The event, which will be held in the Van Andel Arena from 5-9 p.m., will benefit Hospice of Michigan’s open access program.
“We’re extremely excited to bring Barley, BBQ & Beats to our community,” said Marcie Hillary, vice president of community relations. “West Michigan enjoys a thriving craft food and beverage industry along with a love of community. We look forward to creating a special merger between the two in what we hope will become an annual event in support of Hospice of Michigan.”
For a $35 ticket, guests, who must be at least 21, will be able to sample barbecue and fixins’ from some of our leading pit masters and barbecue restaurants while tasting hand-crafted cocktails from:
- Daddy Pete’s BBQ in Grand Rapids
- in Wyoming
- Horseshoe Smokehouse in Grand Rapids
- Main Street BBQ in Lowell
- Piggies in Coppersville
- Saladino Smoke in Ada
- Two Scotts Barbecue in Grand Rapids
- Slows Bar B Q in Grand Rapids
- American Fifth Spirits in Lansing
- Bier Distillery in Sparta
- Coppercraft Distillery in Holland
- Detroit City Distillery in Detroit
- Grand Traverse Distillery in Grand Rapids
- Long Road Distillers in Grand Rapids
- New Holland Brewing Co. in Holland
- Red Cedar Spirits in East Lansing
- Two James Distillery in Detroit
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original – and largest – hospice provider in the state. The funds raised at the event will help HOM provide quality of life at the end of life for West Michigan residents through its open access program, which provides care to all without regard to age, diagnosis or ability to pay.
Barley, BBQ & Beats will replace the organization’s annual Walk & Remember in East Grand Rapids. Over the past 20 years, the walk has raised more than $2.2 million to support the open access program.