Berea's National Rib Cook-Off gathers the country's best "ribbers" - a.k.a. the pitmasters who spend all year perfecting their approach to barbecue--at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. If that wasn't enticing enough, the festival also offers well-rounded, family-oriented music and entertainment that won't bust your wallet.
Whether you like your BBQ smoky, spicy or saucy, ribs are practically our national foodstuff. And, of course, they are. They're downright delightful. But these meaty masterpieces are also the perfect excuse to get together every Memorial Day weekend to drink, party and repeat.
What You’ll See
- Over a dozen competitive ribbers bringing their A-game serving up slabs of tender meat. The cook-off awards prizes for (among other things) “Best Ribs” and “Best Sauce.”
- Do calories count when it’s a long weekend? That’s yet to be determined. Regardless, if you’re feeling frisky, dance off that full rack at performances from local party bands and tribute acts covering genres from country to rock.
What Else To Do
- In addition to barbecue, patrons can chomp on summer carnival staples like deep-fried desserts, cotton candy, ice cream, classic fair fries and corndogs.
- Let your kids run off their excess energy in the appropriately named kids’ zone.