Wednesday April 27, 2011
The area surrounding Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies will transform into a street fair on Thursday, April 28 when Gatlinburg hosts Ribfest, Wings & BBQ.
The purchase of an armband allows sampling until the ribs and wings run out during this popular 10th annual festival will feature musical entertainment, food sampling from 5 to 9 p.m. and loads of atmosphere on Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza and the immediate area.
Come out and enjoy live entertainment, hot wing eating contests and ice cream eating contests, each promising a wonderfully good time!
Entertainment will be provided by the Knoxville Lil’ Band, a blend of swing and big band sounds and will feature Pop RoX a band that specializes in '80s covers, and put on a stage show that resembles a video from MTV's heyday.
A panel will judge and award the best ribs or wings in seven categories. All vendors will be vying for the coveted “People’s Choice Award” chosen by popular vote.
Hot wing eating contests sponsored by All Sauced Up will feature wings prepared in sauces such as “Blazing Bomb,” “Treacherous Tongue,” “Fire Pit Hell,” “Scorching Screaming” and “Next Day Disaster.” Prizes will be awarded to the champion. See if you can handle it!
The “Vermonster Ice Cream Eating Contest” sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s is another highlight of the evening of fun and festivities.
“We think this will be our best Ribfest, Wings & BBQ extravaganza ever,” said George Hawkins, Special Events Manager for the Department of Tourism. “The Parkway is such an exciting and unique venue.”
An armband for Ribfest, Wings & BBQ may be purchased for a small donation ($12 for adults, $5 for children age 4-10) that allows sampling as long as the ribs and wings last.
A portion of the proceeds benefit Gatlinburg Hospitality Association’s educational scholarship fund.
This year’s vendors included BKW Seasonings, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Calhoun’s Restaurant, Corky’s BBQ, Dick’s Last Resort, Gatlinburg Fire Department, Gatlinburg Police Department, Hellbenders Grill, Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Great Outpost, Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Smoky Mountain Brewery, Texas Roadhouse, TGI Friday’s and Walgreen’s.
Hard Rock Café, Food City and Coca-Cola are also sponsors of the event.
To become a vendor, sponsor of volunteer, call the Special Events Office at 436-0500.
For more information about Ribfest, Wings & BBQ and other Gatlinburg Springfest events, visit www.gatlinburg.com or call 865-436-4178.