8 p.m., Sept. 19)
Inaugural Orléans Ribfest a finger-licking, lip-smacking
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans residents love their barbeque. How else
can you explain waiting up to an hour and a half Friday
night for a rack of ribs, or standing in the pouring rain
for a half hour on Saturday for a Belly Buster
combo, or a Hillbilly Platter.
BBQ ribmaster Reuben Rily cooks up a mess
of his meaty specialty during the hugely successful
Orléans Ribfest on the weekend. Fred
were the scenes at the first-ever Orléans Ribfest
on the weekend as thousands of people flocked to Centrum
Plaza to enjoy great barbeque, a cold beverage and live
music during the three-day event.
barbeque lover Aldege Bellefeuille liked the food so much
on Saturday that he came back for a second helping on
love it. The ribs were great. The chicken was awesome.
Im definitely a barbeque guy, said Bellefeuille,
who is a regular at the much larger ribfest held every
June on Sparks Street. This one rivals it, but on
a smaller scale. Talk to anyone whos been here,
they love it.
Orléans Ribfest is the brainchild of Les Gagné,
who founder the Sparks Street Ribfest in 2013 when he
was the executive director of the Sparks Street BIA.
more than 100,000 people living in the area, Orléans
was the perfect location for a smaller version of the
popular Sparks Street event, says Gagné.
prefer to have these types of events in their own backyard,
rather than travelling downtown, he said.
Riley is the owner and chief ribmaster of Brickyard BBQ,
one of four barbeque vendors who were invited to serve
up delicious BBQ in Orléans.
Based out of Etobicoke, Riley and his crew have done more
than 20 events during the past five months. Out of them
all, the Orléans Ribfest was among the most enjoyable
way better than we could have ever imagined, said
Riley. We went through 23 more cases of ribs than
we expected and eight more cases of chicken. Everyone
seems to be absolutely thrilled and well definitely
be back next year.
Robert Jr. from Louisiana Bar-B-Que based out of River
Ridge, Louisiana, says they plan to come back as well.
been an amazing show. Were really impressed. You
can guarantee Louisiana Bar-B-Que is going to be back
here for you people next year, said Robert.
other two vendors Kentucky Smokehouse out of Louisville,
Kentucky and Crazy Canuck Smokers out of Brantford, Ontario
plan to come back as well.
Ward councillor Bob Monette, who worked with Gagné
to help make the Ribfest a reality, is hopeful next years
event will be even bigger and better.
a great success this has been. From what I am seeing,
we will have to expand next year in only our second year,
Monette posted on his Facebook page.
should come as good news to the thousands of BBQ fans
in the east end who will no doubt have a tough time waiting
12 months for the events return.
even a steady downpour could keep people away
from the Ribfest, with some rib lovers waiting
up to half an hour or more on Saturday. Fred
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