To purchase tickets with credit card by phone: 815.939.1311

You may purchase in person at 893 W. Station St., Kankakee, IL


Booking Acts for 2016

November of this year is when planning begins again for 2016. Check with us then.
Check our website for details and new sign up forms or call 815-939-1311 for more information this fall/winter.


Booking Vendors for 2016

Please click the link below for contract.
Download, fill out and send in your contract along with your down payment of $75 to secure your place in the 2016 BBQ Fest.
Final payments are due by March 31 for all vendors.

Mail to: KVPD Attn/BBQ Fest, 893 W. Station St., Kankakee, IL 60901
Fax: 815-933-7338 No reservation without down payment.

Merchandise Vendors


BBQ Food Vendors/Competition


Non BBQ Food Vendors


2016 BBQ Competition Vendors

The competitors will be receiving their competition regulations and meat cuts on Thursday, July 14, 2016. They will cook on property overnight until judging begins. There will be no cooking for competition off site. The BBQ competition categories include Pork, Chicken, Beef, Sauce, and Misc. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place in each category. The overall first place winner will also be refunded the $200 booth fee.

Judging will take place on Friday, July 15th on the Pepsi Stage (near boat ramp) and begin at 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

An award ceremony will follow the judging.

Judging is done by Bruce Clark and Dan Hendrickson of the Kankakee County Clerk's Office.

Categories for the competition are Pork, Chicken, Beef, Sauce, BBQ Misc.
Judging is based on a weighted scoring method as follows:
42 Tenderness, 38 for Taste, and 20 for appearance for a total of 100 points.

Our Competitors for 2015 were:

2015 Competition Results

2014 Competition Results


Meat donations are made by Texas RoadHouse, Tucci's Italian Restaurant and Berkot's Supermarkets
Please show your support to these local establisments by stopping by and letting them know we thank them for supporting our Fest!!!!





VIP Tickets are $35 until they are sold out.

General Admission each night is $20
Unlimited Carnival is included

Early Bird Special: First three hours of event on Friday and Saturday is only $10


Thursday, July 14 Gates open at 5:00 pm

Entrance to Event $20

Centrue Bank Stage

TBD----------------6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
TBD----------------7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
TBD----------------9:00 – 10:30 p.m.


Friday, July 15 Gates open at 12:00 pm

Entrance to Event from the hours of 12:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. is only $10
after 3:00 pm entrance is $20

Centrue Bank Stage

TBD---------------- 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
-----------------7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Vince Neil-------- 9:00 – 10:30 p.m.


Saturday, July 16 Gates open at 11:00 am

Entrance to Event from the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. is only $10
after 2:00 p.m. entrance is $20

Centrue Bank Stage

Sister C----------------------- 6:15 – 7:05 p.m.
Brothers Osbourne------- 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Frankie Ballard------------- 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.


This is a rain or shine event, no refunds.

Bean Bag Competition

Congratulations to the 2015 Bags Competition Winners:
Runner up team consists of Michael Reynolds & Eddie Leviner and
winning team Team Turrell consisted of Nathan and Greg Turrell on the far right.


Click here to download registration form

BBQ Fest Car, Truck & Motorcycle Showdown

No entry fee! Saturday, July 16, 2016
Registration/Check In: 11:00 am
Event Time: 12:00–4:00 pm

Link for registration to Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show!

There will be peoples choice judging awarding 8 trophies.

Brought to you by Key City and Sponsored in part by Xtreme Body and Paint





Click here for poster for this event


Daily Concert Pass or VIP Concert Pass





Pricing includes activities and entertainment!
Cost: Thursday $20
Cost: Friday $10, after 3:00 p.m. $20
Cost: Saturday $10, after 2:00 p.m. $20

If you leave the park and return $20 reentry fee.
>>>> Kids 2 yrs & Under are FREE! <<<<


To purchase tickets by phone: 815.939.1311

You may purchase in person at 893 W. Station St., Kankakee, IL
Click to map below for more details.

There is no physical address for BBQ Fest, it takes place inside River Road Park.
For GPS purposes you can enter 1895 River Road, Kankakee, IL 60901. Turn left into the park.
Once you are here follow the road until it dead ends, this is where the fest takes place.


For vendor information please call 815.939.1311 to inquire about availability.

To be a volunteer please fill out the waiver and send it to the KVPD Administration Office.
Be sure to include your name, age, and phone number with time in which you can be reached.

Check back in from time to time as information is constantly updated. . .
• Rain or Shine NO REFUNDS
• Please Redeem at KVPD Booth
• Not Responsible for Lost or Stolen Tickets


Holiday Inn Express Official 2014 BBQ Fest Hotel Sponsor
62 Ken Hayes Drive, Bourbonnais

Hilton Garden Inn
455 RiverStone Parkway, Kankakee
Book a room at the Hilton Garden Inn

Hampton Inn
60 Ken Hayes Drive, Bourbonnais

Comfort Inn & Suites
1500 N. State Route 50, Bourbonnais
815-401-5043 Ask for BBQ Fest rate

Quality Inn & Suites
800 N Kinzie Ave., Bradley
Direct link to Bradley Quality Inn & Suites Book a room at Quality Inn & Suites

Fairfield Inn
1550 State Rt.50 N, Bourbonnais
Book a room at Fairfield Inn

Country Inn & Suites
380 S Cypress Street, Manteno
Manteno Country Inns & Suites

Economy Inn
2125 South Rt. 45-52, Kankakee

Howard Johnson
157 Cypress, Manteno
Direct link to Manteno Howard Johnson

Motel 6
1311 State Rt. 50, Bourbonnais

Super 8
1390 N Locke Drive, Bourbonnais
Book a room at Super 8


Want to Get Your Business Noticed?
Be a Sponsor!


Thanks to all the Sponsors of this event:





David M. Robinson, Financial Advisor
805 N. Kennedy Dr., Kankakee, IL




Accountants and Advisors
























The Kankakee Valley Park Foundation is the sole proprietor of the 2016 KVPD BBQ Fest.