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Smoke Out Hunger 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017, 12-3 p.m. | Brenton Skating Plaza, 520 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309

Smoke Out Hunger is back for 2017!

Des Moines’ premier BBQ event is back! 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 provided by Doll Distributing — all at no cost past the ticket price! Round out your Smoke Out Hunger experience with live music by Adam Bruce, 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!

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. Discover the best beer-BBQ pairings or just enjoy a cold one in the sun! Smoke Out Hunger will also feature the new Vin26 Chardonnay!

The following breweries and wineries will be on site for special tastings and other activities:

Win Tasty BBQ Prizes!

Buy raffle tickets and win awesome BBQ prizes, all while helping to fight hunger!

  • 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.


Ramsey Mazda Kickoff Event

Thank you to Ramsey Mazda for hosting the Smoke Out Hunger Kick-Off Party!

Join Ramsey Mazda in their partnership with Food Bank of Iowa to kick off the Smoke Out Hunger event! Ramsey Mazda is proud to support Food Bank of Iowa and get food to those who need it most in our state. Bring the whole family out for a FREE evening of fun featuring test drives of the latest Mazda models, southern barbecue from local eatery Bubba, cocktails, and live music by Adam Bruce! Please bring non-perishable food items to donate and help us smoke out hunger!

Thursday, June 22, 4–6 p.m.
Ramsey Mazda, 9625 Hickman Rd., Urbandale, IA 50322
Free admission, food, test drives, and more!