Ribfest sauces up the Yarmouth waterfront

Last year’s event drew 15,000 over three days

Published on July 7, 2017

Ribber Matthew Burch, with Texas Rangers, sauces it up.

©Carla Allen

YARMOUTH - Crowds were building on Friday at the start of the second annual Ribfest around noontime on the Yarmouth waterfront.

The lineup was beginning to build at the Billy Bones truck just before noon.
Carla Allen

The popular event will be serving up racks of ribs, chicken, pulled pork, blooming onions and more this weekend.

Last year about 20,000 pounds of ribs and 6,000 pounds of chicken were sold and Yarmouth sales exceeded other Maritime locations.

Kelli Hornick and Doug Young, with Camp 31, urge you to try their sauce.
Carla Allen

The professional ribbers travel on annual Ribfest circuits each year. For 2017, the ribbers are competing during the event for the people’s choice award and several other categories such as the best rib sauce award. Ballots are available on site and the public is encouraged to vote for their favourite team.

Lineups started growing as Ribfest opened its doors around noon on Friday.
Carla Allen

Each ribber has their own menu posted in front of their mobile kitchen and smoker on wheels. Prices range from $9 to $23. Attendees can purchase full, half or third racks, pulled pork or barbecued chicken.

Jeff Ma, with New Century Restaurant, readies their booth.
Carla Allen

Taters, lemonade, slushies, vendors, a licensed beer garden and entertainment for all ages are part of the event.

Ribbers Line-up: Bibbs BBQ, Billy Bones BBQ, Camp 31, Crabby’s BBQ Shack and Texas Rangers.

Ribfest hours: Ribfest hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

A Big Rig Show and Shine will take place on Water Street next to the Ribfest site on Saturday