Seventh annual Ribfest kicks off in Kamloops

By Jill Sperling
August 10, 2018 - 3:53pm Updated: August 10, 2018 - 6:14pm

KAMLOOPS — Ribfest is well underway at Riverside Park.

The seventh annual event kicked off at 11 a.m. Friday, just in time for the Kamloops lunch crowd.

The smell of ribs smoking on the grill wafts over Riverside Park as six professional ribbers entice the hungry lunch crowd with their unique flavours and techniques.

"Definitely a lot of time, and a lot of patience, and of course the right combinations of flavour," explained BBQ Brian Misko, owner of House of Q. "So, when we're cooking ribs there's always layer upon layer upon layer to get the perfect rack of ribs, and that's what we're shooting for."

"It's a combination of everything, really," said 'Lola' O'Neill, line builder with Gator BBQ. "It's a matter of the rub we use, the ingredients in the rub, how we smoke the meat, that's really important as well, and then grilling it. So, it's really a combination of three, and like I said, love."

For the ribbers, Ribfest is an opportunity to get their names out there, and win some prestigious awards. 

"I would be honoured to be voted as Peoples' Choice again here in Kamloops, a city of love to me," said Misko. 

The ribbers have plenty of love for Kamloops too. 

"I love it, I love Kamloops. It's my favourite show actually," O'Neill said. 

"I love Kamloops," said Misko, "the people are fantastic, this is a beautiful park, and you know what, they love eating ribs."

A few other events get started Saturday, including the Hot Nite in the City Show and Shine, kicking off at 10 a.m. downtown, and the Dragon Boat Festival - returning to Riverside Park at 8 in the morning following a one-year hiatus due to wildfire smoke.

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