A big BBQ fest (May 23-26)

May 20, 2008

One of the advantages to having a self-proclaimed 5-year-old vegetarian in the house is that we save big money at events like the Rib America festival this weekend (May 23 to 26) downtown at the Soldier’s Memorial (Tucker and Market streets). The hubby and I, on the other hand, LOVE barbecue — something we never have the patience to make at home — and we usually eat ourselves silly. Although Rib America offers free admission to kids under age 12, standard admission for adults is $5. That doesn’t include any food, which tends to be on the pricey side. Happily for me, roasted sweet corn is one of the cheaper items, and the kids are perfectly content to fill up on that.  I recommend saving yourself the fee by arriving early, say before 5 p.m. on Friday (23rd) or before 1 p.m. the other days (24th, 25th, 26th). It’s that much more money to spend on ‘cue.

Our game plan for the festival is usually as follows: Arrive early to save $$$ and beat the crowds (lines can get long at the most popular stands), eat ourselves silly, then find a spot to set up camp and watch the live music on stage. This festival always brings in a few well-know oldie acts from the ’80s (and as a child of the ’80s, I can vouch for the fun of going down memory lane!); this year’s include Dennis De Young of Styx, KC and the Sunshine Band, Night Ranger and .38 Special. Those headliners close the nights down, but the music begins earlier in the day and is thankfully not limited to hair bands (memory lane is only fun for so long) — check out the event’s homepage for a full schedule.

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