Stoke up the Grill: Ribfest Announces Bands, Food Vendors

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, May 17, 2012

You can almost taste the barbecue, can’t you? With Ribfest, June 8 – 10, fast approaching, organizers have just released the entertainment lineup and list of food vendors that’ll be slinging everything from shortribs and pulled pork to funnel cakes and fried root beer floats. That’s right, we said fried.

On Friday, June 8, check out how the professional eaters get it done; the Third Annual Rib-Eating Competition, sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating, kicks off at 6 p.m. on the North Stage. Last year’s champ, Chicago native Patrick Bertoletti, scarfed down 5.24 pounds of baby backs in eight minutes.

Non-competitors are sure to engage in plenty of chowing too: This year’s Ribfest boasts more than 25 food vendors serving up ribs and/or some form of BBQ, with another 10 offering palate cleansers like Elvis Bread Pudding.

Ribfest will once again take place along Lincoln Avenue, between Irving Park and Berteau. Proceeds benefit Northcenter Chamber of Commerce initiatives including community programming, greening and beautification efforts, and grants to local schools and charities. More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the event.

A complete schedule and details on the amateur rib-eating contest are still to come.

2012 Food Vendors (subject to approval)

Amit and Ali Philly Ice

Armands Pizzeria

Big Bricks

Black Dog Gelato

Black Rock Pub & Kitchen

Blue Bayou

Bo’s Concessions

BrownTrout Restaurant

Byron’s Hot Dogs

Chase Root Beer

Chicago BBQ Company

Chicago Classic

Cordis Brothers

Corner 41 Bar & Grill

Glutton Force Five

Horseshoe Barbecue

Johnny Van’s Smokehouse

Jury’s Restaurant

Kettle Kabin

Lees Concessions

Lincoln Restaurant

Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro


Real Urban Barbecue


Robinson’s #1 Ribs

Rub BBQ Company



Teresa Mittons Concessions & Catering

Texas Thunder

The Fireplace Inn

The Smoke Daddy

Uncle Bub’s BBQ

Windsor Ice Cream Shoppe – Blackhawk BBQ & Seafood

2012 Music Performers

Sissy Mena

The Wanton Looks

The Spinto Band

J. Roddy Walston and the Business

Kerosene Stars

Old Shoe

The Van Goghs

The Lawrence Peters Outfit

Pet Lions

Common Loon

The Features


Band Called Catch


Sarah & the Tall Boys

Stolen Silver

Precious Blood

Gold Motel

Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts

Heartless Bastards

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