Ribfest racks up good times at Cockshutt Park

News Aug 13, 2015 by Brian Shypula Brant News

The secret of great ribs? “Always tender love,” bandana-wearing Patrick Diamond said, smiling as he tended the grill at Tennessee Fatbacks on Sunday.

Judges at Brantford Kinsmen Ribfest showed Diamond the love, awarding the professional ribber the best ribs award on Sunday afternoon.

“The secret to ribs is a good smoke,” Diamond said as he slathered the racks with tangy barbecue sauce.

The ribs are smoked before they hit the grill.

The sauce and rub used by Tennessee Fatbacks were secrets Diamond wasn’t going to give away, though.

Organizers of the sixth annual ribfest were happy with the event, which served thousands of people over three days.

“That’s a good thing – it’s so busy they’re running out of food,” said Kinsmen volunteer Joshua Wall.

“We had a lot of people mention how clean it is,” he added, pointing out the litter-free grounds in Cockshutt Park.

The family-friendly event included bouncy castles, pony rides, aquaball and a mini-midway for kids, more than 30 vendors and a beer tent for adults and nine bands: the Grumpies, Slawek Barrie LaPointe, Cross Town Traffic, Tyler Wilson Band, Barcode, Jukebox Jury, Delta Shakers, Piano Man and Peeler.

“The ribs are the reason for Ribfest but people don’t realize the quality of the bands and that there’s music going,” said Scott Challe, participating in his first Ribfest for the Kinsmen.

“I was a little bit disappointed with the large field that we didn’t see more people out, more like a concert, and enjoying it,” Challe said.

“We all complain in Brantford that there are not enough things to do and when there are things to do it seems like we don’t all attend,” he said.

There were some dissenters to the meat-heavy menu at the event.

Posters, including one that said “Google factory farming” and another directing people to www.earthlings.com, were placed at the entrance to the park.

Challe said an individual contacted organizers about putting up a pro vegan booth at Ribfest.

“I think it’s kind of a silly place to protest meat at a ribfest,” he said.

Fran Myers said she and her husband, Bob, have seen the festival from the nearby bike and walking trail. This year they took their bikes home and came back for the ribs and music.

Bob said it was tough to decide which of the five rib booths to choose. They decided on Crazy Canucks Smokers and were happy with their choice.

“They looked like they had a good lineup, which is usually a good sign,” he said.

Crazy Canucks earned the best sauce award from the judges.

The other winners were:

  • BEST PIG RIG – Bad Wolf BBQ
  • BEST CHICKEN – Brick Yard BBQ
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE – Brick Yard BBQ.

Ribfest racks up good times at Cockshutt Park

Food, games, music and more featured at eighth annual Kinsmen-hosted festival

News Aug 13, 2015 by Brian Shypula Brant News

The secret of great ribs? “Always tender love,” bandana-wearing Patrick Diamond said, smiling as he tended the grill at Tennessee Fatbacks on Sunday.

Judges at Brantford Kinsmen Ribfest showed Diamond the love, awarding the professional ribber the best ribs award on Sunday afternoon.

“The secret to ribs is a good smoke,” Diamond said as he slathered the racks with tangy barbecue sauce.

The ribs are smoked before they hit the grill.

The sauce and rub used by Tennessee Fatbacks were secrets Diamond wasn’t going to give away, though.

Organizers of the sixth annual ribfest were happy with the event, which served thousands of people over three days.

“That’s a good thing – it’s so busy they’re running out of food,” said Kinsmen volunteer Joshua Wall.

“We had a lot of people mention how clean it is,” he added, pointing out the litter-free grounds in Cockshutt Park.

The family-friendly event included bouncy castles, pony rides, aquaball and a mini-midway for kids, more than 30 vendors and a beer tent for adults and nine bands: the Grumpies, Slawek Barrie LaPointe, Cross Town Traffic, Tyler Wilson Band, Barcode, Jukebox Jury, Delta Shakers, Piano Man and Peeler.

“The ribs are the reason for Ribfest but people don’t realize the quality of the bands and that there’s music going,” said Scott Challe, participating in his first Ribfest for the Kinsmen.

“I was a little bit disappointed with the large field that we didn’t see more people out, more like a concert, and enjoying it,” Challe said.

“We all complain in Brantford that there are not enough things to do and when there are things to do it seems like we don’t all attend,” he said.

There were some dissenters to the meat-heavy menu at the event.

Posters, including one that said “Google factory farming” and another directing people to www.earthlings.com, were placed at the entrance to the park.

Challe said an individual contacted organizers about putting up a pro vegan booth at Ribfest.

“I think it’s kind of a silly place to protest meat at a ribfest,” he said.

Fran Myers said she and her husband, Bob, have seen the festival from the nearby bike and walking trail. This year they took their bikes home and came back for the ribs and music.

Bob said it was tough to decide which of the five rib booths to choose. They decided on Crazy Canucks Smokers and were happy with their choice.

“They looked like they had a good lineup, which is usually a good sign,” he said.

Crazy Canucks earned the best sauce award from the judges.

The other winners were:

  • BEST PIG RIG – Bad Wolf BBQ
  • BEST CHICKEN – Brick Yard BBQ
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE – Brick Yard BBQ.

Ribfest racks up good times at Cockshutt Park

Food, games, music and more featured at eighth annual Kinsmen-hosted festival

News Aug 13, 2015 by Brian Shypula Brant News

The secret of great ribs? “Always tender love,” bandana-wearing Patrick Diamond said, smiling as he tended the grill at Tennessee Fatbacks on Sunday.

Judges at Brantford Kinsmen Ribfest showed Diamond the love, awarding the professional ribber the best ribs award on Sunday afternoon.

“The secret to ribs is a good smoke,” Diamond said as he slathered the racks with tangy barbecue sauce.

The ribs are smoked before they hit the grill.

The sauce and rub used by Tennessee Fatbacks were secrets Diamond wasn’t going to give away, though.

Organizers of the sixth annual ribfest were happy with the event, which served thousands of people over three days.

“That’s a good thing – it’s so busy they’re running out of food,” said Kinsmen volunteer Joshua Wall.

“We had a lot of people mention how clean it is,” he added, pointing out the litter-free grounds in Cockshutt Park.

The family-friendly event included bouncy castles, pony rides, aquaball and a mini-midway for kids, more than 30 vendors and a beer tent for adults and nine bands: the Grumpies, Slawek Barrie LaPointe, Cross Town Traffic, Tyler Wilson Band, Barcode, Jukebox Jury, Delta Shakers, Piano Man and Peeler.

“The ribs are the reason for Ribfest but people don’t realize the quality of the bands and that there’s music going,” said Scott Challe, participating in his first Ribfest for the Kinsmen.

“I was a little bit disappointed with the large field that we didn’t see more people out, more like a concert, and enjoying it,” Challe said.

“We all complain in Brantford that there are not enough things to do and when there are things to do it seems like we don’t all attend,” he said.

There were some dissenters to the meat-heavy menu at the event.

Posters, including one that said “Google factory farming” and another directing people to www.earthlings.com, were placed at the entrance to the park.

Challe said an individual contacted organizers about putting up a pro vegan booth at Ribfest.

“I think it’s kind of a silly place to protest meat at a ribfest,” he said.

Fran Myers said she and her husband, Bob, have seen the festival from the nearby bike and walking trail. This year they took their bikes home and came back for the ribs and music.

Bob said it was tough to decide which of the five rib booths to choose. They decided on Crazy Canucks Smokers and were happy with their choice.

“They looked like they had a good lineup, which is usually a good sign,” he said.

Crazy Canucks earned the best sauce award from the judges.

The other winners were:

  • BEST PIG RIG – Bad Wolf BBQ
  • BEST CHICKEN – Brick Yard BBQ
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE – Brick Yard BBQ.