Join us for the 2nd Annual Cooking Competition!

We tried something new last year at the Top of the Hill and it’s safe to say it was a smashing success! Treetops Grill on the Hill is a Big Green Egg Cooking Competition, AKA an “Eggfest.” Cooking teams traveled from near and far to show us what the could do with these green dimpled ceramic grilling contraptions. Turns out people are literally obsessed with their Eggs – and with what we tasted from the competitors in 2018, it’s (over) easy to see why.

What is an Eggfest?

If you have never been to an Eggfest, you are in for a Treat! Make sure you come hungry. You don't want to arrive late afternoon and miss out on some really great eats...so come early and enjoy the day. There are two types of people who attend Eggfests; Cooks and Tasters. Cooks bring their best recipes and techniques to cook amazing food on provided demo eggs. Tasters show up and taste the amazing food that the cooks prepare on the eggs – and are the judges!

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May 04, 2019


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Free to Attend
Tasters: $30
Teams: $200

Sponsored by:

Admission for Tasters

The Tasters are the Judges! Bring your appetites…It’s going to be a great day! Tasters can enter to win some great door prizes at the registration table (no additional cost). Legends on the Hill has live music from 12-4pm and $2 "you call it" for the ladies!

  • Adult 21 & up - $30
    • 1 voting ticket, and (4) beer samplings
  • Younger Adults (ages 13-20) - $30
    • 1 voting ticket, and (2) pops or water
  • Children (ages 12 & under) - Free
    • Includes (2) pops or water

(Event is free to attend if not participating in tasting, drinking, or voting)

Craft Beer Heaven!

We're excited to try some of the latest and greatest brews while we stuff our faces with amazing BBQ. Look who's joining us for Eggfest:

Petoskey Brewing Company
Snowbelt Brewery
Rochester Mills Beer Company
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Calling All Competitors!

Are you a Big Green “EggHead” or want to be? You don't have to be a pro or even a seasoned egg-griller! Backyard BBQ enthusiasts will go head-to-head with the veteran BGE (Big Green Egg) owners. This event is open to all!

Read more on the  Ultimate Cooking Experience...

How do I register a team?

  • Cost - $200 (good for up to 4 members on your team) and includes:
    • Meat for Grilling Competition – (Pick only one)
      • #50 12up chicken wings
      • #45 St. Louis ribs (24 racks)
      • #35 brisket (choice)
      • #40 pork butt (boneless)
    • One Large Green Egg with Nest, Conveggtor, Charcoal. *(Extra egg info - see below)
    • 6’ Table & Chairs
    • (4) Taster Bracelets
    • (4) Beer Samplings Per Team Member
    • (1) Voting Ticket for each category per team member
    • (4) T-shirts if registered and paid by April 15th, 2019

Recommended for teams

Other things recommended for you to bring:

  • 10x10 tent with strong anchors
  • Coolers; Treetops provides the ice
  • Serving pans with Sterno
  • Small cups/trays to serve the food to guest
  • Utensils
  • Extension cords
  • Any special decorations or signage: Aprons, hats, anything to be memorable and fun

No outside prepared food allowed

Items Allowed: Spices, Sauces, Rolls/breads that are bought from a commercial store

Cooler Inspections: Cooks may not bring in their own alcoholic beverages

Meat Package Pick-up: Begins at 2pm Friday, May 3rd. Teams may light their eggs and start cooking anytime after that. Some teams may choose to work their grills through the night. Security will be on patrol all night.

*Additional Large Egg - $50 more. (Cooking with an extra egg is available on first come first serve basis. We are accepting team registrations through April 15th and once we see how many additional eggs are available, the will be assigned in order of request. In an eggshell, the sooner you register, the more favorable your chances).

Catagories & Prizes

This year tasters will get to vote for Best Ribs, Best Wings, Best Pork, Best Brisket, and the overall favorite People's Choice Award. 

Buy a Demo Egg

Large Demo Egg, Nest & Conveggtor $799 (Regular Price: $1,060)

To arrange a demo egg purchase, call David, Adam or Aaron at Meyer Ace Hardware: 989-732-1394. You may pick up the egg after the event.

Lodging Packages

We are filling up quickly for this event so don't miss the Special EggFest Lodging Rates! Call 866-248-5249, option #2

Want to know what you're cooking for? (besides bragging rights)

Best Ribs

Masterbuilt Electric Smoker

$100 Treetops Gift Card

Best Wings

Stihl MS180 Chainsaw

$100 Treetops Gift Card

Best Pork Butt

(4) Bags of BGE Charcoal

$200 Treetops Gift Card

Best Brisket

Yeti Load-out Bucket + (2) 30oz Yeti Cups

$200 Treetops Gift Card

People's Choice

Grand Prize for the most overall most votes

Large Big Green Egg

New this year!

All registered competitors are automatically entered to win a cook's door prize!

Route83 Knives Classic Brisket XL 13" Carving Knife - ($275 value)

EggFest Celebrity Chefs

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Trace Scarborough

Trace Scarborough has always enjoyed great food and cooking. He picked up a Big Green Egg in 1999 and attended his first Eggtoberfest in 2001 (the 4th event). There were only 20 Big Green Eggs and maybe 100 attendees that day!

Throughout the 2000’s, he carried his Egg to quite a number of Florida Gator football games tailgating with his friends. His Egg has been to every SEC football venue (except Mizzou and Texas A&M). It was during this time that he decided wings were a necessary tailgating food and went to work experimenting with various recipes and methods. By 2006, he had the taste known today as Thunderbird locked down.

He had never considered a career in food, but in 2011 things changed. His friends had been urging him to sell his wings for years and he decided to look into it further. After talking it over with the only friend he knew that ran a restaurant, he was encouraged to figure out a way to make it happen.

By chance, he had just seen an episode of Throwdown With Bobby Flay on the Food Network where Bobby challenged The Casserole Queens in Austin, TX. Their business model hit him over the head because there was no restaurant needed. They took orders thru their website and delivered them to customers’ doorsteps.

So he came up with a name, built a website, bought a bigger smoker (Yoder Stockton) and was up and running within a few months.

There have been a lot of orders thru the website, a food truck and a product line since those early days. His wings became #1 in Nashville on Yelp while he was still only making and delivering them from his home. And Esquire Magazine listed Thunderbird as the Best Wings in Tennessee in 2017.

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Joe Pichey

Joe Pichey of Go Blue BBQ and 2016 Big Green Egg “EggFest” National Champion will be at Grill on the Hill grilling up Big Green Egg Favorites for guests to enjoy.  Joe is contributor to the Tailgate Tuesday feature every week during  the UM football season.  He teaches grilling classes in Texas where he currently resides. Joe is originally from Flint, Michigan and will be traveling up for the Grill on the Hill for the second consecutive year.

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