That smoky cyclone swirling lazily above Centennial Park could mean only
one thing – Ribfest was back.
The Sarnia Kinsmen Ribfest drew good crowds to the waterfront July 5-8 for the traditional blend of live bands, vendor stalls and, of course, barbecued meat.
While tucking into a rack from Jack the Ribber, diner Cathy Yates said she’s glad Ribfest had returned to its original home in Centennial.
“It’s a lot better, and easier for people to get to,” she said.
Others, including Heather Levens, agreed.
“It’s in a park, not a parking lot which is always a big plus,” she said. “It’s family friendly.”
Worker Aysha Stein of Sweet Smoke BBQ said Sarnia is one of her top stops on the summer ribbing circuit.
“We normally have a great turnout,” she said Friday, following an opening Thursday night interrupted by thunderstorms.
Jorge Gonzalez, of Gonzalez BBQ, had his whole family involved in grilling ribs over apple and cherry wood, brushed with a sauce packing an “extra touch” of Latino flavour.
“I came to Sarnia to win a trophy,” he said.
The event also saw 18 bands perform on an expanded stage over the four days.