Here’s 27 reaons why Ribfest Chicago has been voted the Best Food Fest in Chicago.
Big Joes Backyard BBQ
Ribs, BBQ Sundae, Buffalo Chicken Tacos
St. Louis Styel Ribs, Mac and Cheese, Double Smoked Brisket Tacos
OTHER TASTY BITES
Pulled Pork, Funnel Cake, Ice Cream
Funnel Cake, Burgers, Italian Beef
BBQ Turkey Legs, Corn Patty, Skewers
The Guiltless Garden
Guiltless Guac w/Chips: Single Serving or Flight (Traditional, BLT, Minty Mango)
“PEOPLE’S CHOICE” AWARD FOR BEST RIBS
Ribfest Chicago invites you to decide who will win the “People’s Choice” award at the close of the weekend. With 14 restaurants competing for the title, we thought you should know the basics of the “rib crawl” so you can try them all and cast your ballot.
Let the tasting begin! Rib vendors are offering 3-bone “Samplers” for 8 tickets ($8) allowing fest visitors the opportunity to taste the BBQ from each restaurant. Ballots should be turned in by 6 PM on Sunday, June 16, at the Northcenter Chamber booth across from CVS on the west side of Lincoln Ave.
MEET OUR CELEBRITY JUDGES FOR THE “JURIED” AWARD FOR BEST RIBS
Janet Davies, ABC 7: Once again, Janet Davies has graciously stepped up to serve as our guest emcee to introduce our Celebrity Judges as well as provide color commentary on the proceedings. We were honored to have Janet as a Celebrity Judge in 2015 and are thrilled to have her return for a fourth year as our emcee.
Jimmy Choi: Jimmy is a technology consultant and motivational speaker from Bolingbrook, Illinois. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 27, and has since become an active advocate for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Jimmy has also appeared on American Ninja Warrior.
Muffy Fishbasket: Muffy is world famous… in her own mind. The original #DragBroad, her performances are often considered a fun-loving mix of Madeline Kahn confusion and Mae West camp. She trained in the circus arts at the famed Actors Gymnasium and the Trapeze School New York.
Maxwell Jenkins: An American actor who has appeared on numerous TV shows, Maxwell plays Will Robinson in Netflix’s remake of Lost in Space. He is the son of Jeff Jenkins and Julie Greenberg, co-founders of Chicago’s Midnight Circus.
Lauren O’Neil, 101WKQX: Lauren worked in a variety of markets including Philly, OK City, and The NOLA before finally settling down in Chicago. Lauren enjoys hanging out at farmers’ markets and considers herself to be a huge foodie.
Ina Pinkney: Known as the “Breakfast Queen,” Ina is the Chef/Owner of INA’S, an American Food restaurant serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Chicago’s trendy West Loop Market District. Because of her attention to the changing tastes of consumers, she is a sought after judge at competitions—and ours is no exception.
Patti Vasquez: Born and raised in Chicago, Patti is an internationally performing stand-up comedian. She has appeared as a commentator for WGN-TV Morning News and Fox Good Day Chicago. She also served as a fill-in host for WCIU’s You & Me in the Morning. Patti is currently a radio host on WGN.
Arin Wright: Arin is an American soccer player who currently plays for the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League. In 2016, Arin was named to the NWSL Best XI for the season and nominated for the Defender of the Year award.