By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published May 10, 2022 at 2:02 PM

Germantown is hosting a Maifest this year and so did Estabrook Park Beer Garden. But Lakefront Brewery's first Maifest celebration, taking place this weekend, will take a different approach.

Being the brewery that created the world’s first certified gluten-free beer – New Grist – it makes perfect sense that Lakefront's first Maifest is gluten-free focused.

The outdoor festival with food, drink, live music, arts and crafts and more, takes place on Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1872 N. Commerce St.

The kid-friendly Maifest will offer mostly gluten-free food and drink from six food trucks: Lakefront's own CurdWagon, Tots on the Street, Pedro’s South American Food Truck, Clean Cruisine, Trouble Makers Cocina and Riley’s Good Dogs.

Beer offerings will include Lakefront’s Maibock, as well as brews from the other Riverwest breweries such as Company Brewing, Black Husky, Gathering Place and Amorphic. Lakefront will also release the world’s first gluten-free barrel-aged beer: the Imperial Margarita Style Ale, aged in tequila barrels.

There will also be specialty coffee from Better Together Cafe, plus Bloody Marys, beermosas, root beer and canned soda.

Pete Freeman of Ladybird will perform at 11 a.m. and From Sinatra to the '60s is on at 1 p.m. Lakefront says there may also be a "surprise musical guest."

No tickets required.

For a full list of vendors, visit For more information, call (414) 372-8800.

On the same day at noon, Lakefront will participate in the 34th annual Blessing of the Bock at Falcon Bowl in Riverwest. Find complete details on that beloved event here.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.