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Smoke Out Hunger 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2018, 12-3 p.m. | Brenton Skating Plaza, 520 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309

Smoke Out Hunger is back for 2018!

Des Moines’ premier BBQ event is back on Sunday, July 29, 2018! Enjoy all the BBQ you can eat from a smoke-tastic lineup of local pitmasters and restaurants (including some unique vegetarian BBQ options!). Pair your BBQ samplings with refreshing craft beers — all at no cost past the ticket price! Round out your Smoke Out Hunger experience with live music, lawn games, and picnic table board games. All proceeds benefit Food Bank of Iowa’s work to end hunger in Iowa! Kids under 12 are free with accompanying adult.

Enjoy Central Iowa’s Best BBQ!

Vendors in 2017 (check back for 2018’s vendor list):

Sip on Refreshing Craft Beer!

Summer calls for cold beer, and there’s nothing better than a great variety of local and national craft beer, all provided by Doll Distributing in 2017. Discover the best beer-BBQ pairings or just enjoy a cold one in the sun!

The following breweries and wineries were on site for special tastings and other activities in 2017. Check back for 2018’s lineup.

Win Tasty BBQ Prizes!

Buy raffle tickets and win awesome BBQ prizes, all while helping to fight hunger! These raffle prizes were available in 2017. Check back for 2018’s prizes.

  • All Expenses Paid Weekend Getaway to Kansas City, the BBQ Capital of the Midwest!
  • Custom-painted Bags Board sets by Alex Andrade, Laura Palmer, and Van Holmgren
  • Pitmaster-hosted backyard BBQ feast
  • Gift cards to Central Iowa BBQ destinations
  • and more!

Show Off Your Bags Skills!

Step onto the grass and show your mettle at our Bags Board station! With a small donation, you can prove your status as the Smoke Out Hunger Bags Champ!


Reach out to us at Food Bank of Iowa with any questions about Smoke Out Hunger or our mission to provide food for Iowa children, families, and seniors to lead full and active lives, strengthening the communities where they live. You can reach our communications manager, Danny Akright, at 515-867-2885 or by email at dakright@foodbankiowa.org.