Monday, July 2, 2012
Ribfest was off to a great start, drawing thousands of people seeking ribs, music and more.
Ribfest was going strong on Sunday afternoon despite opening up a little late due to stormy weather. The festival opened at about 1:45 p.m. Sunday, said Mark Wright, chair of Ribfest 2012. Rough weather has been a slight issue for the festival, with thunderstorms causing officials to close the festival a little early on Friday night and cutting short the Steve Miller concert, but Wright said that overall, Ribfest was off to a great start. Attendance is great and Saturday night about 28,000 people were roaming the grounds at Knoch Park, Wright said. The Exchange Club of Naperville's Ribfest is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The event is a fundraiser for the club, which uses the funding to help end child abuse and domestic …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Tickets for Ribfest are now being sold online and Ribfest, unlike previous years, will hold its fireworks display on July 3.
Tickets for Ribfest are selling well and the hottest tickets so far are for the nights when Steve Miller and ZZ Top perform. The festival is in its 25th year and the Exchange Club of Naperville has big hopes that it will raise a significant amount of money from the five-day music and food festival. “Wouldn’t it be great if we could give away a million dollars,” said Julie Lichter, Ribfest PR and marketing chair. Money raised at Ribfest is donated to organizations that work to end domestic violence and child abuse. A few things at Ribfest are new and different this year, from new rib vendors to online ticket sales. Unlike previous years, Ribfest tickets will not be sold at Jewel. Anyone planning to attend the festival will need to buy …
Friday, July 8, 2011
Unofficial look at the figures provides insight to Midwest's best fest.
With the Naperville Exchange Club's Ribfest 2011 in the rearview mirror, we thought it would be fun to take a look at Ribfest 2011 by the numbers. While the official results of Ribfest have yet to be released, below are a few off-the-beaten-path statistics that may be of interest. The above numbers are not official results of Ribfest 2011. They were compiled through speaking to vendors and others and spending several hours at Ribfest. Two statistics that were inadvertently left out of the above listings are that fun was had by one and all and only 358 more days until Ribfest 2012.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
In our weekly feature we document what's happening around Naperville.
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Thursday, July 7, 2011
Every week we will highlight happenings in Naperville or nearby, sharing photos of the people and the place. This week the smell of rib smokers drew our appetite to the annual Ribfest put on by the Naperville Exchange Club. Have an event that would be perfect for this column? Contact editor Mary Ann Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Exchange Club announces top three for ribs and sauces.
Don't feel too sorry for the judges who tasted the ribs and sauces at Ribfest. Although there are 14 vendors to choose from, it's doubtful the experience was painful — unless the sauce was too fiery. The results are in and the winners have been announced for Ribfest 2011 Best Ribs and Best Sauce. This year's best ribs and sauce goes to one vendor: Johnson's. If you haven't been to Ribfest yet, you still have Monday. And now you know which ribs rank highest. Best Ribs: 1. Johnson's 2. Armadillos 3. Sweet Baby Rays Best Sauce: 1. Johnson's 2. Porky N Beans 3. Armadillos/Desparados (tie) Kids' Choice - Sgt. Oinks
With ribs grilling and sauces simmering, 14 delicious competitors vie for best ribs honors.
It is easy to see why Naperville’s Ribfest has been voted the Best Fest in the Midwest by top rib venues and national publications for the past fifteen years in a row. It’s the delicious ribs. After all, it is called Ribfest. Sponsored by the Exchange Club of Naperville, this year’s Ribfest features 14 of the best rib-grilling, sauce-slathering vendors from around the nation, all vying for top honors in both the rib and sauce competitions. With names as different as their recipes, this year’s fest includes entries from Porky ‘N’ Beans, Rasta Joe’s B-B-Q, Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Company, Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue (Wood Dale), Johnson’s Barbecue, Texas Outlaws, Mojo’s Ribshack, Uncle Bub’s Hickory Smoked BBQ, Smoking Joe’s Hog Wild Barbecue, …
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend four-day festival this year. New in 2011 are food demonstrations with America's Chefs.
It’s not a good time to be a pig. Ribfest kicks off Friday with 14 rib vendors ready to turn Porky into a delicious festival feasting experience. With warm and sunny weather forecast for the weekend, officials with Ribfest are expecting large numbers of people will attend the four-day event. Julie Lichter, the 2011 Ribfest PR and marketing chair, said that the organization anticipates that between 200,000 and 300,000 people will attend the festival. “With four days of sunshine I really do think we could hit a good number,” she said. The Exchange Club of Naperville hosts the event every year. The organization is dedicated to community service, youth activities and is dedicated to ending child abuse and domestic violence. The organization …