1st Annual Porkpalooza Brings Back Local Focus


A new festival is hitting the 8th and Railroad boardwalk to fill the RibFest void. This is the first summer in two decades there will be no RibFest in Sioux Falls.

 After a 20 year stint, the organization announced this past winter, it wouldn’t be returning. 

But a new fest is capitalizing on a local focus.

Something new is brewing at the south-end of the 8th and Railroad Center. 

“A group of guys kind of got together and said, ‘Hey there’s this void, and there’s this festival that people really look forward to every year and is there a way we can take it and make it a little more local focused?’,” Remedy Brewing Co. CEO Matt Hastad said.

Hastad says with the nationally-known RibFest calling it quits, it was time to shift the focus to Sioux Falls. 

That’s why locals are firing up the first annual Porkpalooza. 

“So we said well if we’re going with a local theme, let’s get local beer, let’s get local music, let’s get local producers and let’s see how we can bring this to be a South Dakota featured event,” Hastad said. 

Proceeds from Porkpalooza will stay local and benefit families here at Feeding South Dakota. 

“So it’s been busy here at our food pantry. We’re seeing more families come in especially with their kids because they’re home from school,” Feeding South Dakota’s Marketing Director Jennifer Stensaas said. 

100 families a day utilize the pantry that distributes 75,000 pounds of food a week. 

“And it’s a very worthy cause here in South Dakota. That money stays local and it goes to support people that need it in the community,” Hastad said.

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