BN Nuts Festival sponsored by BEER NUTS® Brand Snacks

Nuts are rooted in Bloomington, Illinois. With a legendary, world-renowned, peanut company based in our community, it’s easy for us to be nuts about nuts! It all began back in 1953, when Russell Shirk founded BEER NUTS® right here in Bloomington. We honor and celebrate this passion for nuts with the BN Nuts Festival sponsored by BEER NUTS® Brand Snacks, a family-friendly culinary event.

With a focus on products made in the local area, this festival in Downtown Bloomington will showcase all-things nuts! Festival-goers will spend the day enjoying nut-related foods, tasting various adult beverages, viewing cooking demonstrations, purchasing local art and crafts, and more all while listening to live music on Front Street!

The BN Nuts Festival is produced by the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and is a not-for-profit event.


September 10, 2022  •  236 E. Front Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

Vendor Market: 1:00pm-7:00pm on Front Street
Participating vendors listed below.

Go Nuts Kids’ Zone:  1:00pm-7:00pm on Prairie Street
Play the day away in our Kids Zone. Get your jump on in the bounce house, complete with slide. And test your athletic skills in the 68ft. obstacle course.  And no festival is complete with the Zoo Crew and their amazing face painting. More games and activities planned, stay tuned!

Live Music:  1:00pm-10:00pm on Music Stage
Artists and bands listed below.

Chef Demos:  2:00pm-4:00pm on Festival Stage
Aroma Indian RestaurantCashew Chicken.

3:00pm: Central Parke Bar & Grill – Chef Ale’Sandra Stone’s Wilde Sea: Seasoned jumbo shrimp breaded with crunchy almonds, served with perfectly seasoned wild rice, and drizzled with lemon garlic aioli and topped with sweet jackfruit chutney.

Hello, my name is Chef Ale’Sandra Stone. I am a native of central Illinois, born in the early 80’s and raised in Bloomington Illinois. I come from a long line of Chefs following my grandfather’s footsteps, a former Chef at BCC. I attend The Culinary Institute of Platt College Accelerated program and graduated with High Honors in 2013. I quickly excelled in the kitchen moving up the ranks from fry cook to sauté cook to kitchen manager to my current position of Executive Chef at Parke Regency Hotel and Conference Center, where I’ve found a home. I’m honored to be apart of such a wonderful team of Chefs.


Lil Beaver Brewery is creating a brand new beer recipe exclusively for the BN Nuts Festival!  The new brew will be a peanut butter & jelly wheat beer.  The peanut butter flavors will come from the use of peanut flour, which is a ground peanut product with a large portion of the oils removed.  For the jelly, they’ll be using concord grapes and targeting a classic peanut butter and jelly flavor profile.

This will be a draft only beer created just for this event, and only available at the BN Nuts Festival’s beer tent, and at Lil Beaver Brewery starting September 10, 2022.

Other Nut-flavored Beers Available:

Perennial Artisan Ales (St. Louis, MO) – Squirrel’s Bounty (11.5%): Imperial Stout with coffee, vanilla, cashews, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, walnuts, and almonds.

Wild Onion Brewery (Lake Barrington, IL) will have two different Nut Brown Ales, which are English Brown Ales with toasted Maris Otter malt. One is pistachio, the other is pecan.

Keg Grove Brewing Company (Bloomington, IL) – R & Deez (5%):  Nut Cream Ale – A smooth, easy drinking, cream ale with a pleasant nose and taste of peanuts and pecans.


BN Nuts Festival – Vendor Policies-Regulations-Waiver-Release



Aroma Indian Restaurant

Cashew Chicken.

Art by D. Ella

Acrylic painting on various items – canvas, boxes, hats, and other items.

Ascension Dance Academy

Free dance classes during the festival that anyone can join, and a sign up booth for potential students.

Biaggis Ristorante Italiano

Spiced Walnut Crusted Chicken Slider- Topped with kale and cabbage slaw tossed in honey o.j. vinaigrette and spicy aoli.

Black Wolf Carvings

Chainsaw Carvings – unique wood carvings made from locally sourced hardwood, or reclaimed cedar from old telephone poles.

Bloomington Fire Department

Fire safety information and a fire truck display.

Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Information about attractions, events, and other activities in BN.

Blue Monkey Designs

Clothing, bags, koozies, water bottles, coffee mugs, home decor items, kids’ items and more.

Central Illinois Bakehouse

Pretzels and cookies.

Central Parke Bar & Grill

Wilde Sea: Seasoned jumbo shrimp breaded with crunchy almonds, served with perfectly seasoned wild rice, and drizzled with lemon garlic aioli and topped with sweet jackfruit chutney.

Coco Lane Boutique

Shirts, cardigans, jewelry, gifts, and more.

Compassionate Crumbs

Let’s Go Nuts Cake Jar: decadently nutty cake, creamy peanut butter ganache, mixed nut buttercream, and a crunchy Beer Nuts cookie crumble. Nutty Caramel Crispy Crumb Bar – all your favorite Beer Nuts nuts ribboned with caramel.  Pina Colada Maca-DAMN!-ia Nut Gourmet Crumbs Cookie with Beer Nuts Macadamia Nuts, white chocolate chunks, shredded coconut and sweet pineapple.

Darlin Daizy Designz

Handmade beaded leather bracelets in single, double & triple wraps.

Donny B’s Gourmet Popcorn

Popcorn with and without nuts, frosted pecans, almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, fudge with and without nuts, and BEER NUTS.

Dos Vatos Tacos

Tacos, burritos, quesadillas (birria chuck roast, pastor pork, steak, chicken)

Grand Café

Egg Rolls, Crab Rangoon, Filipino Pork & Chicken skewers

Humane Society of Central Illinois

HSCI will have information about their volunteer program and all adoptable pets, as well as available HSCI merch and an available dog for people to meet!

Inside Out Accessible Art Cooperative

Displaying/selling art pieces made by member artists. The art will be representative of the many mediums that our members work in: acrylic, water color, pen and ink, photography, stained glass, 3d collage, pottery, jewelry, and handmade journals. These pieces will reflect the history, agriculture, and natural resources of areas of McLean County.

Jurassic Grill

Burgers, chicken, hot dogs, fries, soft drinks.

Keg Grove Brewing Company

Limited beer samples, merchandise, and giveaways.

Luxe Boutique & Luxe Street Boutique Fashion Truck

Ladies clothing and accessories.

Paparazzi Accessories

An assortment of jewelry and accessories by Paparazzi

Ravenwood Prints

Laser cut and engraved products featuring Bloomington-Normal and Illinois designs, such as Illinois-shaped keychains to cutting boards that highlight local zip codes, and more.

Rebirth Jewelry

Jewelry, crystal jewelry and crystals.

Shroom Shack

All Day Combos (Entree and sweet potato fry side): Lion’s Mane Mushroom “Crab Cakes”, Oyster Mushroom “Chicken” Wrap, Pulled “Pork” Oyster Mushroom Sando, Cauliflower Wrap.

Sides, Drinks, and Sweet Treats: lemon shake-ups, Vegan Oyster “Bacon” Beer Cheese with a Pretzel, Fried Cauliflower, Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Maple Seasoning, Funnel Cake, Fried Oreos.

Sophisticakes Baking

Various cookies, bars, and treats including chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, s’mores treats, chocolate fudge brownies, and blondies.

The Garlic Press

All sorts of nutty popcorn types including Pecan, Pecan Caramel, Cashew and Almond with some inventive fun flavor combinations. Various fudge flavors to include walnuts, peanuts or almonds, nutty candies and more.

The Nut House

Nuts and gourmet popcorn. We will be roasting nuts fresh on site.

University of Illinois Extension – Mclean County

Information and activities about 4-H in areas like health, science, agriculture and civic engagement in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.

Wish Bone Canine Rescue

Wish Bone dogs and information about their foster program.


Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and watch a full slate of musical acts go nuts on stage.

Live music lineup – compliments of The Stable Music Hall & Lounge / NTL Productions:


Adie Mendez

Adie started performing music at the age of six. She would attend local performances with her dad and would occasionally sing backing vocals during his performances. In Jr. High she found jazz and has built a strong vocal jazz foundation.


Jaik Willis

Jaik Willis is a strumming & drumming One Man Band,  a wild fire-breathing freakshow; playing an 11 piece drum set with his feet while playing guitars / bass / & harps; while sing and beatboxing simultaneously, live with no looping or electronics.



From a groovy six-piece jam band to an aggressive funk power trio, Norobot continues to create original, inspired tunes.


JB Strauss

Influenced by the heavy, electric style of bands like The Allman Brothers, Credence Clearwater Revival, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with poetic and witty writers like John Prine, Gram Parsons, and Jim Croce, it is fitting that JB borrows from the notion that ‘everything that rises must converge.’


Rick King’s Royal Hustle

The seven piece band with horn section plays feel good soul music inspired by his former employers with flavors of Chicago Blues, Memphis Soul, New Orleans Funk and Kingston Reggae.



  • The BN Nuts Festival sponsored by BEER NUTS® Brand Snacks is free to attend.  All performances and activities are complimentary for attendees.
  • Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the participating vendor booths.
  • No outside food or beverages, except water.
  • The “rain or shine” event is primarily outdoors.  Hats and sunscreen are encouraged.
  • Children and strollers are welcome at the event.
  • Pets are permitted between 1pm-7pm (see Policies below for more information)
  • Parking is available in the Lincoln Deck (southwest corner of Front Street & East Street, one block from festival). All 800 spaces are available for free on weekends.
  • This outdoor event is located on Front Street in Downtown Bloomington, between East Street and Prairie Street, and adjacent to The Stable Music Hall and Lounge.  The address for The Stable is 236 E. Front Street, Bloomington, IL 61701.

BN Nuts Festival Policies


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The Stable Music Hall and Lounge / NTL Productions, Enjoy Illinois







Title Sponsor:  BEER NUTS® Brand Snacks







Kids Zone Sponsor:                Vendor Market Sponsor:





Festival Sponsors:







BN Nuts Festival is looking for volunteers on September 10, 2022.  An event of this magnitude cannot be staged without the generous support of community volunteers.

Volunteer duties include setup, teardown, kids activity area, chef demos, and more. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt when checking in.

CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up.  Thank you!


Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
101 S. Madison St., Bloomington, IL 61701
Matt Hawkins


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