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Taste of Kingston | Ribfest & Craft Beer Show

Let me first tell you that I am not be a big fan of ribs but my main reason to going to Kingston Ribfest at the Memorial Centre Park this past weekend was for the funnel cake. Seems odd I know, but this girl had to try this dish once in her life!

Kingston Ribfest was a three day event that took place from September 6-8, 2013 and a first of its kind for the city. Though the event was admission free, donations were being made to the Partners in Mission Food Bank at the gate. This community festival sure tempted several taste buds with finger licking savoury deliciousness of ribs, chicken and pulled pork. Live entertainment was also present in the background, adding to the great atmosphere.

There was a choice of six rib 'stations' - Ribs Royale, Silver Bullet BBQ, Crabby's BBQ, Horn Dawgs Smokin BBQ, Texas Rangers and Smokehouse Bandits.  However, there was a whole other variety of foods available as well - Funnel Cake Express, Colossal Onion, Heavenly Ice Cream, Ontario Corn Roasters, Pappy's Soda (old school soda anyone?), Tiki Dave Smoothies (gotta have one item that's healthy at Ribfest), Texas Tornado Potato and Jerk Fusion.

Now wait, ribs aren't complete without a drink in hand and there was plenty to choose from. With the purchase of a wristband for $6 that included a souvenir sample glass, each 4oz sample was $1 which was a decent price. Nine breweries were present but Lake of Bays and Mill Street were the two that stood out in particular with their lighter tasting brews. The favourite though was the Waupoos Cider from County Cider Company, it was sweet and full of fruity flavours.

Full of sounds, smells and flavour, Kingston Ribfest was a success and a Sunday afternoon well spent.

While I stuck to cider for the majority of the afternoon, I still opted to sample and expand my so called beer palette. 

I shared a meal of fresh coleslaw, beans, chicken, pulled pork and obviously barbecued ribs that were doused in a sweet BBQ sauce from Silver Bullet.

PS Don't forget the napkins and don't be afraid to get a tad messy!

The grande finale of the afternoon was finally getting to taste a 'bullet' funnel cake which came with all the toppings: soft served ice cream, strawberries and chocolate sauce. Boy was it scrumptious but I seriously don't even want to know how many calories I consumed! Silly me thought a funnel cake came in the shape of an actual cake and not deep fried. I guess I missed out as a child. 

Overall though it was airy and sweet, no complaining here.

Hope to see you all next year!


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