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BBQ Roundup, Cake decorating contest, and more food and drink events for this week

Paulina Steele, 16, of Cedar Rapids grabs a bite during Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup at McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Several barbecue vendors from across the country participated in the food festival that will end this Friday. (Justin Wan/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)
Paulina Steele, 16, of Cedar Rapids grabs a bite during Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup at McGrath Amphitheatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Several barbecue vendors from across the country participated in the food festival that will end this Friday. (Justin Wan/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

The BBQ roundup celebrates 30 years and draws cooks from around the country, plus the Freedom Festival serves up tasty events this week:

Freedom Festival: Fly In/Drive in

Pair breakfast with a flight at the Marion Airport Fly In/Drive In. Grab a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice and then take a plane ride. There also will be model cars and antique and home-built aircraft on display, plus information about flight training.

  • When: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: Marion Airport, 1710 Marion Airport Rd., Marion
  • Cost: Breakfast $8 adults, $5 children 12 and under. Airplanes rides $20
  • Details: freedomfestival.com

BBQ Roundup

Featuring top barbecue purveyors from around the country and live music, the Roundup is celebrating 30 years. Trolleys will ferry people to the event from around downtown from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. From 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, attend affiliated Beerfest, featuring local breweries.

  • When: 11 a. m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids
  • Cost: Admission free with Freedom Festival button or adults $3, 12 and under free; free admission during lunch Thursday and Friday; Beerfest $30 to $35, includes admission to BBQ Roundup and $10 in BBQ Bucks
  • Details: mcgrathamphitheatre.com/bbq-roundup

The Prepared Table: Art-Beer-Food

Explore how the worlds of art, food and drink merge at this partnership between Lion Bridge Brewing Company and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Start at the brewery for small plate food and beer pairings, based on works in the “Setting the Table: The Art of Still Life” exhibit at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, then head to the museum for a special program at 6 p.m.

  • When: 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday
  • Where: Lion Bridge Brewing Company, 59 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids
  • Details: lionbridgebrewing.com

Freedom Festival: Frost Off! Cake decorating Contest

Register a cake in child, youth or adult categories to earn a chance a ribbon or grand prize, or just stops by to view the cakes and vote for your favorite. Winners will be announced at 7:15 p.m.

  • When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • Where: Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids
  • Register: crlibrary.org or (319) 261-READ; registration closes noon Friday. For rules, email HartkeH@CRLibrary.org.

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