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Thousands of people descended upon East Cambridge from around the region on Sunday to enjoy some of the best BBQ in the greater Boston area. 19 restaurants from Cambridge and Somerville competed for the honor of best ribs in the second annual “Smoke This Rib Fest” while showcasing their menus to festival-goers. Ticket holders were given the opportunity to cast votes for the winner of the “People’s Choice Award,” and a panel of judges awarded a separate award for the ribs they judged to be best at the event.
|Rib Fest drew thousands of people to Cambridge St. in East Cambridge.|
This Sunday’s Rib Fest, which was organized by the East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA), was the second Rib Fest held by the ECBA in as many years. Both attendance and the number of restaurants participating were up significantly this year, and it looks like Rib Fest is turning into a popular regional event. Both WBUR and the Boston Globe publicized the event in the days leading up to it, and attendees gave the food, music, and atmosphere rave reviews.
|Christopher Kosinski of East Side Bar and Grill accepts the people’s choice award for best ribs.|
|Hakan Yucesoy of Bosphorus Mediterranean Restaurant accepts the judge’s award for best ribs.|
I was given the distinct honor of announcing the winners of both the people’s and judge’s awards for best ribs. The People’s Choice Award went to reining champions East Side Bar and Grill of East Cambridge, and the judge’s award went to newcomer Bosphorus of Inman Square.
This was another fantastic family event put on by the ECBA, and if you missed it this year, make plans to come out next fall for what will certainly be the best Rib Fest yet!