At Naperville Ribfest, the top contender for food are the barbecued ribs. But Ribfest spotlights 25 local vendors.
Online PR News – 29-June-2015 – Naperville, IL – At Naperville Ribfest, the top contender for food are the barbecued ribs. Visitors come to wrap their hands around the many sweet, succulent and saucy pork ribs from 12 vendors who come from around the country.
But, Ribfest also shares the food spotlight on the 25 vendors which include Hugo’s Frog Bar of Naperville, La France Bakery in Aurora, Sergio’s Cantina in Geneva and Miller’s Lombard Ale House. Dot Maginot, Ribfest Food Vendor Chair, says that some new offerings, which take on a Hispanic or American Southern flavor, include flavored watermelon, fresh boiled shrimp with corn and potatoes, bacon sausage, boneless pork chop on a stick, flan and tres leches cake.
"What we try to do is to provide unique items to everybody," she says.
The main competition is amongst the ribbers who will vie on July 3 to take home the top prize in the Best Rib, Best Sauce and Kid’s Choice. Maginot explains that Midwest Food Group, a local supplier, provides all the meat and the ribbers put their own spin on the preparation.
Mark Link, owner of Uncle Bub’s from Westmont, is looking to grab the top spot in the Best Rib category. Uncle Bub’s, a Ribfest competitor for 10 years, took 3rd place for ribs last year.
Link’s game plan is to not change anything. "We’re going to continue what we do even if we don’t win," he says. "We have a great following and we believe in our product."
Besides the friendly contest, Link appreciates the overall goal of Ribfest which is to raise monies to fight against child abuse and domestic violence.
"I like how the proceeds go to charity," he says. "I have the utmost respect for The Exchange Club of Naperville members and the volunteers who put in so much time to make this a success."
For more information, visit www.ribfest.net.
About Naperville Ribfest:
Ribfest is run by the 140+ members of the Exchange Club in cooperation with its partners including the City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District. More than 4,000 volunteers and hundreds of sponsors support the event with 100% of the proceeds from Ribfest going to support the elimination of child abuse and domestic violence.
The 2015 Grand Sponsors are White Sox, Chrysler Jeep, Meijer, Baird & Warner, Lextech, Exelon Generation, Red Frog Events, OneMainFinancial, Euclid Beverage, Miller Lite, Coca-Cola, CBS Radio, ABC 7 Chicago, D&J Amusements, Navistar and Naperville Bank & Trust/Wintrust Community Banks, Chicago & NW Indiana Hyundai Dealers, Napleton’s Valley Hyundai and Waste Management.
About Naperville Exchange Club
The Exchange Club of Naperville chartered in 1987; its 140 members are dedicated to the elimination of child abuse and domestic violence. Through Ribfest, the Exchange Club has donated more than $14 million to more than 50 local charities. Check us out at www.ribfest.net and www.exchangeclub.org.