Looking for something ribtastic to do this weekend? You could do a lot worse than heading over to Winston-Salem (the city so nice they named cigarettes after it twice) for the Texas Pete Twin City RibFest. RibFest is in its sixth year and features music (Cyril Neville, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, and more than 20 others), beer (Foothills Brewing, which is one of the state’s best, among others), activities for kids (highlighted by a pirate-themed magician named Captain Jim who is every bit as creepy looking as you might imagine), and plenty of slow-cooked ribs and other good eats.
But wait, there’s more… this year RibFest features a special appearance by none other than the one and only, everybody’s favorite, the man with the master plan, your’s truly, Mr. Porky LeSwine. Yes, in a rare lapse of judgment, otherwise lucent festival organizer Allen McDavid invited me to help judge the cooking competition on Saturday. Roughly a dozen cooking teams from all over the eastern half of the country, including two hometown teams, will compete for the judges’ favor.
And speaking of judges, Miss Texas Pete herself decided to join the judge’s panel, presumably because she heard I was going to participate. Needless to say, her presence puts a dent in my chances of winning the coveted title of prettiest judge but I still think I can win. And I’m sure Miss Pete will be awed by my dashing good looks and the fact that I carry a bottle of her namesake sauce with me at all times… it’s like expensive cologne for the barbecue set.
Enough of me rambling, go visit the festival website for more details on RibFest or to order advance tickets. I hope to see you in Winston-Salem this weekend. Oh, and if you need a “celebrity” judge for your upcoming BBQ event, you know how to reach me…
BLUE RIDGE BBQ FESTIVAL
Winston-Salem too flat for you? Head for the mountains of Tryon, where the Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival will be taking place. See this article or the BBQJew.com events page for more details.