1000 Islands Family Rib Fest 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014


It's Canada Day long weekend and what better way than to get down and finger lickin' dirty, with ribs and BBQ sauce at the 9th annual 1000 Islands Family Rib Fest in Gananoque, Ontario. With free admission, the festival is back and will not disappoints your taste buds at Town Hall Park. Ribbers throughout North America - Jack The Ribber, Route 55 BBQ Team, Smokehouse Bandits, Crabby's BBQ Shack - are serving up amazingness on the grill that will fill your stomachs with the most flavoursome ribs, chicken and pulled pork.

So remember to bring cash and those wet naps, 'cause this festival is bound to get your hands plenty sticky and messy family style. Along with the Ribbers, there's live music, a beer tent, food vendors, kids zone, Beavertails and on the evening of Canada Day, a fantastic fireworks display is provided by the Town of Gananoque and the Firefighters Association.

Gananoque is a such a quaint town by the St. Lawrence river, that it is worth visiting and I did just that from Kingston, though only a short 20 minute drive this past Friday. It was a fun filled day that started right at noon to avoid the lineups at Rib Fest and continued on to the grand opening of the Gananoque Brewing Company followed by a stroll around the harbour and an anniversary dinner at Riva's.

{Route 55 BBQ Team}

The Route 55 BBQ Team from Chicago had hands down the best ribs and sauce combination at the festival. For a gal who isn't a huge fan of BBQ sauce, their's was quite unique - sweet and tangy that paired well with their Road Dust rib rub. Oh and let's not forget their mac n cheese, it sure was soul-satisfying, creamy and decadent. I may have had the leftovers for breakfast the morning after - no shame in that!

{Route 55 BBQ Team Ribs}

Can you tell yet that I was accompanied by my partner? I honestly could not have eaten all of these ribs on my own, though I am known to eat a lot especially at brunch!

{Jack The Ribber}

The ribs from Jack The Ribber were second best as the meat easily fell off the bones as you took a bite and was filled with smoky flavour.


{Jack The Ribber Ribs}

So whether you like ribs or not, celebrate Canada Day at Rib Fest as there is something for the entire family to enjoy. A complete list of events can be found here.

{Smokehouse Bandits}

{Crabby's BBQ Shack}

{Crabby's BBQ Shack}

All proceeds from this event are returned back to the community through charitable organizations. Thanks to the Rotary Club and the Lions Club of Gananoque for jointly organizing and hosting Rib Fest.

For more information: www.ganribfest.com

Don't forget - Rib Fest is coming to Kingston, Ontario from September 5-7, 2014!

For more information: www.kingstonribandbeerfest.com

All images were taken with a Nikon D3100.

Enjoy!

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