Starting with just seven teams and a little over a thousand festival goers in 2008, the Roc City Ribfest has since boomed to include over 100 teams and 30,000 people out on Memorial Day weekend. The family-friendly festival features live music, competitive cooking — ribs, chicken wings, hot dogs, burgers, and more — the Roc City Rib Cook Off, the World Bacon Championship, Kids Q, and the People's Choice Ribs, where attendees can vote for their favorite slab of the festival. Roc City Ribfest will also host Rochester's first food truck competition, The Roc City Food Truck Throwdown, on Friday, May 23.
The Roc City Ribfest will be at Genesse Valley Park (952 E. River Road) and opens to the public at 5 p.m. Friday, May 23, and runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 24, through Monday, May 26. The entrance fee is $5, and free for those under 12 years old. The festival will donate $1 from each entrance fee to the Golisano Children's Hospital. For the latest details and a full schedule, visit Roccityribfest.com, or call 1-888-ROC-BBQ8.