Travel and Dining

Famous Dave's Minneapolis Barbeque and Blues Festival

The 7th Annual Famous Dave's all-day BBQ & Blues Festival on Saturday, June 11, at Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis served up the best lip-smackin' barbeque I have ever had. Peavey Plaza, a sunken garden in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, swelled with the music and delectable aromas.

The Plaza enjoyed a contrast of musical style. The nine blues performers—including Chubby Carrier, a 2011 Grammy Award winner for his high-energy, foot-stompin' Cajun zydeco music—made you want to dance the night away. Inside, the Minnesota Orchestra staged one of its incredible concerts. But the festival outside outstaged the orchestra with a thrilling show of its own.

The festival has become one of the Twin Cities' largest free outdoor music events, drawing thousands of fans to the vibrant downtown location. Famous Dave Anderson himself was on site all day at Peavey Plaza, hosting the event and selling his barbeque. Great selections of beer and wine were also available for purchase.

If you can't make next year's BBQ & Blues Festival, make sure to stop by one of Famous Dave's restaurants (there are almost 200 locations in 37 states, and growing) for Anderson's award-winning barbeque, and make sure you are wearing your best stretchy pants.

Since 1996, Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues Restaurant in Minneapolis has presented the best in live blues, seven nights a week. And you might also want to catch Famous Dave's Sunday Blues Brunch. Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Anderson offers up great music and an amazing buffet that is one of the best-kept secrets in the Twin Cities.

Famous Dave's barbeque and restaurants have been showered in awards: more than 500 for best barbeque ribs, best new restaurant, best music, best take-out and best barbeque joint. It was voted the "Hottest Restaurant Concept in America" by Nation's Restaurant News. For a restaurant that got it's start in Hayward, Wisconsin, a little town of only 1800 people, Famous Dave's has received unprecedented recognition. They say it ain't braggin' if it's the truth.

As a Native American, Anderson devotes his life to making a difference in his community and in the lives of others less fortunate. Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network recognized Anderson's leadership development work with at-risk youth both in the United States and Canada.

In addition to his talent with food and music, Anderson has helped found several publicly traded companies on Wall Street and created more than 20,000 new jobs. In Dave's own life, he has experienced adversity, frustration and bankruptcy along with his tremendous success. His life story is featured in two New York Times bestsellers. He has served two presidents and three governors in advisory positions.

Anderson has also provided key testimony before Congress. Always tackling the impossible, after graduating in the bottom half of the high-school class, he earned his master's degree from Harvard University without an undergraduate degree.

He has appeared on all major networks, with spots on Regis and Kathy Lee, Oprah, CNBC's The Next Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Crook & Chase, the Discovery Channel, the Food Network, National Public Radio and more than 300 radio shows. He recently came in third on the Food Network's Best in Smoke $50,000 BBQ Showdown.

As a highly sought-after keynote speaker, Anderson shares his heartfelt optimism using his life's story to share valuable insight and life lessons in dealing with today's fast-changing and challenging world. He is an enthusiastic advocate of the American dream, stressing that no matter how tough things may seem today, if you work hard, tomorrow's rewards will always come.

Ms. Teri Schure is the founder of, lectures on issues pertaining to publishing, and is a consultant in the magazine, web development and marketing industries.

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