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Roc City Rib Fest Welcomes Back BBQers who Compete for a Cause

Monday, May 20, 2013

Thousands of community members will kick off their summers this Memorial Day weekend, May 24 to 27, when they travel to Lake Ontario Beach Park for delicious barbeque and great music at the Roc City Rib Fest. The 6th annual barbeque competition begins at 5 p.m. and hosts more than 100 professional barbequers from across the country who will compete for a fraction of more than $22,000 in prizes. One dollar of every $5 ticket benefits Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). 

The festival will run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 24, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Memorial Day, May 27. Tickets are available at the entrance and are $5 for adults and free for children under the age of 12. 

Sponsored by Alex’s Place, the Rochester tradition encompasses five different barbeque competitions, including the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Barbeque Competition, where the winner will be eligible to compete in the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Tennessee.

Other competitions include the Roc City Rib Cook-Off, a Kids Q children’s hot dog competition, the BBQ People’s Choice and a new competition to the circuit – The World Bacon Championship!

Festival attendees will feast on ribs from 10 different local and national barbeque vendors and enjoy live music from 23 bands. Kids can partake in activities provided by the Carlson Metrocenter YMCA, including a bounce house, obstacle course, and much more!

“The Roc City Rib Fest is a unique event that combines our community’s passion for food with our passion for making a difference,” said Michael Fahy, assistant director of community affairs.  “All of us at Golisano Children’s Hospital feel privileged to be a part of such a fun-filled and impactful event that not only showcases a beautiful part of Rochester, but delicious barbeque from all over the country as well.” 

Special BBQ celebrity guest, Danielle Bennett Dimovski, also known as Diva Q, will also be attending this year’s festival. Danielle is the Jack World Champion of Pork, as well as Canada’s highest ranking competitive BBQer on the Kansas City Barbeque Society Team. She has been featured in numerous publications, including the Esquire and The Washington Post, and featured on The Today Show and two seasons of TLC’s BBQ Pit Masters, among others. Danielle will be hosting a 2-day competition barbeque class May 24 and 25 that will teach aspiring BBQers how to compete with the pros. 

“Being native Rochesterians, we are proud to host local, regional and national barbeque competitors and vendors and musicians, who, year after year, become extended family of our great hometown,” said Brian Wemett, co-founder of Roc City Rib Fest. “We provide a unique entertainment option for Western New York to enjoy each Memorial Day weekend, while positively affecting tourism in our area and supporting great local charities. We would like to give a special thanks to our partners, crew, and, most of all, our visitors – we could not pull this festival off without you!”

Since Roc City Rib Fest’s inception in 2008, the event has raised more than $58,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital. 

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