All in good taste
Ribfest kicks off to rave reviews
The air hanging over Sydney’s historic north end Friday likely never smelled so delicious.
The sweet and smokey aroma will be present for the weekend as hundreds have already flocked to the waterfront for the inaugural Sydney Ribfest which will conclude Sunday.
Friday’s opening under sunny skies with an accompanying cool harbour breeze made for an ideal lunch spot and had already attracted several hundred participants by early afternoon.
“Really pleased. I couldn’t be happier,” said a beaming Sara Burke, event co-chair and pres- ident of the event’s sponsor, Sydney Sunrise Rotary Club.
“There is something here for everyone. There is plenty of variety and with weather expected to be sunny all weekend, this is the place to be,” she said.
The event is the club’s major fundraiser for the year with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.
Burke said it is hoped the event will become an annual celebration of everything barbecue.
“These are the best ribs ever,” said a satisfied Bhreagh Ross of North Sydney and Katie Hillman of Glace Bay, who dropped by the dock for lunch Friday and plan to return over the weekend.
“It is nice to have events like this on the waterfront,” said Hillman.
Other lunchtime participants included Sydney resident Brian Spicer and some pals from the office who had the right idea in getting ribs from the five different progres-sional ribbers on site and then swapping to experience the different styles of barbecue.
“Ribs are my favourite and these are delicious,” said Spicer, adding the experience was enhanced by the almost festival like atmosphere on the dock.
In addition to the five teams of professionals, the weekend event also features numerous activities for children, musical entertainment featuring nine island entertainers, along with an abundance of food including corn, fries, chicken, pulled pork, salad, ice cream and beans.
There are even hand washing stations located throughout the site although many were quite content Friday to simply lick their fingers clean.
The event features free admission with a donation at the door for hospice care. Those entering will also be given ballots to select their favourites for best ribs, best sauce, and the people’s choice award.
Mira resident Sandy Michalik may well cast his vote for best rib to the folks at Bibb’s BBQ.
“Delicious. A smokey taste and so tender the meat falls off the bone,” said Michalik.
The party atmosphere is further accented by the team chants which can be heard across the north end as the ribbers call out to patrons to visit their site.
Bhreagh Ross, left, of North Sydney, and Katie Hillman, of Glace Bay, were among the several hundred people on Friday to sink their teeth into some smokey and spicy ribs being offered up at the Sydney Ribfest being held this weekend at the Sydney Marine Terminal.
One of the members of the five professional teams at this year’s Sydney Ribfest, Paul Mendonca of Camp 31, cooked up a heaping stack of ribs on the opening day Friday. Chicken, sausage and pulled pork can also be found on the weekend menu.
The Sydney Marine Terminal has been transformed into a festival site with barbecued ribs taking centre stage. Five professional teams will be judged by participants for bragging rights to best ribs, best sauce and people’s choice award. The event wraps up Sunday.