This is the first time in years I have been home over Veteran’s Day weekend so was able to attend one of my favorite events that I have really missed. It is the Northeast Exchange Club’s Ribfest held in Vinoy Park on the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, and this year was their 30th anniversary. The net proceeds of the event helps the community in its efforts to prevent child abuse, helped build a new children’s hospital, contributes to many youth oriented causes, helps individuals in need and promotes Americanism. So besides being a really fun and yummy event, raises money for some really good causes.
There were some mighty tasty ribs this year…some I liked the tenderness of the meat, some I liked the smokiness of the meat, some had better sauce. But my favorite all around was Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co. (and to be honest they are normally my favorite – always spot on!!). They also have live music each day of the event. If you are ever in the St. Petersburg/Tampa, Florida area around Veteran’s Day, try and squeeze this one into your schedule! (Don’t let the short lines fool you – we went right when the event opened to try and beat the crowds, the event does gets PACKED!!! )