Near the end of June is when one of my daughter’s favourite festivals in Ottawa takes place – RIBEFST!!! Why, you ask? Well, there are the crowds, the smoke, the noise, the seemingly endless rows of vendors vying for top spot for their sauce, and, of course, the ribs! She is a great lover of ribs. I share this love of ribs with her!
This year proved to be a bit trickier, as we had my two younger children with me. I was the only parental unit this year, as my boyfriend was working that evening. After our 30-minute bus ride (which should actually have been about 10 minutes, but the traffic downtown was gumming up our route), we hopped off and followed the throng of other hungry Ribfesters to Sparks Street to delight in everything it had to offer.
After walking up and down Sparks Street, my eldest daughter chose which vendor we were going to eat from. A lot of thought went into this choice: how many trophies or first place banners it had received over the past few years, how happy the people working there seemed, and the length of the lines (the longer, the better).
At long last, Camp 31 was the pick of the visit!
After the chaotic wait in line, we had our food at last! We each chose to have the rib and chicken combo, as you just can’t go to Ribfest for the ribs you know! After my eldest exhibited some excellent scouting skills, we found a place for the four of us to sit and enjoy our meal.
I was proud of the “damage” the sauce had done to my kids! My son’s face was spattered in sauce, my older daughter’s hands were half covered in the remnants of her meal (she cleaned them up a bit before I could get a shot of them), and my younger daughter, who I now know doesn’t care for ribs and chicken, ended up with sauce on her arm! I brought a snack along for her, just in case this would happen, and she was happy again.
Once we were all cleaned up, we set off to find drinks and to look at the band playing at the festival.
Once we were all partied out, we decided to pack it up, and head home. Overall, this festival was rated two rib bones up by my kids!
Until next year, Ribfest!