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Taste of Dubuque

Date & Time

August 1, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM


Outside the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s tastiest event, Taste of Dubuque, returns to the Port of Dubuque on Thursday, Aug. 1 with American Country Music Artist Eric Chesser headlining the event. Taste of Dubuque runs from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Port of Dubuque, outside the River Museum. Parking is available in the Port of Dubuque public parking ramp.

Attendees will enjoy live music and great food from local vendors. Low-cost, sample-size portions from many of the area’s favorite restaurants, caterers, and food trucks are available for purchase. Larger portions will also be available for sale.

This year’s confirmed food vendors include:

  •  Koppes Kreations
  •  The Lunch Bus
  •  Caroline's Restaurant
  •  Hops & Rye Restaurant Dubuque
  •  Hy-Vee
  •  Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream - Dubuque- Century Dr.
  •  The Filament
  •  Happi Hibachi
  •  Fazoli'S
  •  J & D Catering & Sweets
  •  Versus
  •  Tony Roma's
  •  Catfish Charlies
  •  The Food Store
  •  Adobos Mexican Grill
  •  Elle & Beck's
  •  Magoo's Pizza

The evening kicks off at 5 p.m., and from 5:30-6 p.m., Vibe Dance Studio students will perform. At 6 p.m., live music begins with Statue of Liberty, followed by Gone Country at 7 p.m. (featuring local artists Elizabeth Mary, Caitlyn Wolfe, Adam Arling, Matt McPherson, Noah Kachelski, Dayton Olson, Patty Poggemiller, Mark Oberfell, Joie Booth, Mark Whittaker, Brandon Stoney, and Lane Stoney). The evening’s headliner, Eric Chesser, will take the stage at 8:30 p.m.

Chesser may be best known for his most recent release “Good Times & Summer Days”, which debuted on Billboard’s Country Indicator Chart and reached the Top 30 on Music Row’s Country Breakout Chart. Other hits include “Tailgate”, “Yes”, and “I Can’t Read Your Mind.”

Admission to Taste of Dubuque is free; however, a suggested donation of $5 will support the River Museum’s continued conservation and education efforts.        

To lessen the carbon footprint of the event, vendors will once again not be allowed to serve food in Styrofoam containers. Additionally, while a selection of beer and pop will be available for purchase, the public is welcome to bring reusable water bottles for filling at a water station on site or purchase a reusable water bottle at the event.

The Main Stage Music Sponsor is Sedgwick Claims Management Service, Inc. East Music Stage Sponsor is Colony Brands and SC Contact Center. Tasty sponsors include: 7G Distributing; Collins Community Credit Union; Honkamp Krueger & Co., PC; IIW Engineers and Surveyors, PC; Matthews Distributing; and Pepsi Cola Bottling. Media sponsors include KWWL and Townsquare Media. In-kind support provided by Union-Hoermann, J&R Rental, Envision, and Tri-State Porta Potty.


  • Taste is pet-free and smoke-free; however, we do have designated smoking areas located just outside the fenced perimeter.
  • We are promoting conservation, so feel free to bring your own water bottle or purchase one of our W-OTTER Bottles for just $10. We'll have a water filling station available all night.
  • Anyone 21+ who wishes to drink beer must present a valid ID and get a bracelet at the ID/Ticket table before purchasing tickets. 
  • Cash or credit? Either work! Many Taste vendors (but not all) take credit cards, and beverage tickets can be purchased at select stations with credit cards. That said, if you want to ensure you have access to all vendors, bring cash!
  • Parking is found in the Port of Dubuque parking ramp!

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