It’s that time of year again, The Hudson Valley Rib Fest!!! Beginning Friday, August 14 at 5 p.m. the pig out will continue the next day Saturday the 15th at 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. and conclude on Sunday again 11 a.m. till 5 p.m.
The $5 entry fee includes parking; there is music, barbeque to buy and to stroll the competition area. As far as the que for sale, I always try to go with a big group, we split up, each taking a stand and then all meet at a table and pass it all around, having our own competition!
The actual barbeque competition occurs between 12 and 2 both Saturday and Sunday so getting some samples after that requires some “que” speak but there are plenty to be had. Remember that the competitors are not under any obligation to give away hand outs but if you are a true aficionado and know how to schmooze, you can have your socks knocked off.
There are other vendors too from the usual kettle corn to fried pickles, specialty rubs, barbeque items, smokers, and ice cream-a guaranteed alka seltzer day!
This festival is part of an 8 festival competition held in NYS that is recognized by the Kansas City Barbeque Society: http://www.kcbs.us/about.php. The current rankings of the 94 registered competitors can be seen at: http://www.nybbqchamp.com/
Here are the links and I hope to see you there!
The link is: http://www.hudsonvalleyribfest.org/ and is also on my links all year.
Here’s the link to last year’s winners, just to give you a head start on who to look for!
New England Barbeque Society 2008 official rankings:
Kansas City Barbeque Society 2008 official rankings: