Here's a brief summary of Day One of the RIBBERFEST at Madison, IN.
Some notes of interest.
The event uses several blocks of park and waterfront in the town of Madison (about halfway between Louisville and Cincinnati).
They have two levels of competition (first time we have seen that) For the Big Leaguers, the KCBS spnsors the Indiana Official Championship Competition. We did a walk thru of their area and enjoyed seeing the big-guns at work.
Then there is also a 'Bush-League' (no pun) or Backyard BBQ competition group. This is made up some folks like you and I who aren't involved in the BBQ circuit. The cookers were smaller (in some cases) and the teams seemed to be less color-coordinated in their dress. The had a heck of a good time though and BEST of ALL, they passed out samples of their Que to J Q Public. We lined up for things like Pork, Ribs, and Brisket from about 25 cook-sites. Most were just like Costco Samples, a little taste of this or that, but we did gather several ribs and one fellow was slicing the brisket in quarter inch full slices, much to the appreciation of the folks in his line.
The vendors had prices that were pretty reasonable compared to many Fair-Food prices we've found this season. A 3 meat BBQ plate went for $7.00, Not huge, but quite satisfactory. Corn was $3 for a huge ear. and Even Baskin-Robins had Double Dip Cones for $3. All in all we did fine.
Unfortuneately the rains came during the Blues Concert, so we bailed (literally) out about 10pm, but it is a nice little festival and we will be headed back next year for sure. Due to Family Committments we aren't planning to do the second day of this years festival. Too Bad though...Today is the Rib-Eater Challenge!! The goal is to see how fast a person can consume a full rack of Pork Ribs. I would love to participate in that (no entry fee).
Maybe next year!!
Thanks to Stogy for recommending a really fun event!