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Six Corners BBQ Fest Canceled This Year, Officials Want Help To Revamp The Street Fest

The Six Corners Association said it's taking the year off to remake the festival into "a completely unique, smaller, more niche event."

The new plaza would be near the Portage Theater.
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PORTAGE PARK — Organizers of the Six Corners BBQ Fest announced that the summer festival will be taking a year off and return in 2019.

“After 7 successful years of 6 Corners BBQ Fest, 50,000+ attendees, several dozen bands, and countless beers, Six Corners Association has opted to take this year off from hosting our beloved fest on Milwaukee this June!,” read the update posted on Facebook June 12.

The Six Corners Association said they’re taking the year off to revamp the festival to “be a completely unique, smaller, more niche event.”

“Every neighborhood has its own street fest and they’re all so fun to attend. We just want to do something that’s a little bit different and unique to Portage Park,” said Kelli Wefenstette, the executive director of the association.  

One of the suggestions posted by followers of the Facebook page included changing the festival to have less of a focus on BBQ and instead be a Taste of Portage Park to showcase more local restaurants. Other suggestions included a stronger emphasis on the music aspect of the festival and the inclusion of “canoe races” down Milwaukee Avenue, pitting builders of wheeled carts against each other.

“That’s actually something that I’ve talked about with my husband. I think canoe races are a great idea and something that’s not being done anywhere else in the city,” said Wefenstette.

The association has been asking for feedback regarding the 2019 festival from its Facebook followers via the June 12 post. As of Thursday nearly 40 people have commented with their suggestions. Wefenstette said that community members can also email the association their ideas messaging