Ribs, Ribs and more RIBS!!! That’s what I lived for Saturday at Moonshine’s 3rd Annual Rib-A-Que Smokeout in Wicker Park. It was one of the best food fests I’ve been to in a long time.
It was a beautiful afternoon in the Chi and I was starving so there was no better reason than that alone to accept an invitation from my MGO Salon friends to get to eating, promptly at 1 p.m. that day.
I headed over to the fest with a few friends, famished. We jumped right in to eat and judge so we were told our mission was for the day. We chowed down on ribs, coleslaw, corn on the cob and pablano mac n cheese all day! We ate from the time we arrived, noting on the scorecard for each on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best). I gave most a 3, a 4 for some as the food was extremely satisfying. I did give a only 1 a 5 and I’m not saying to who but just know that I loved the fest in itself.
It was a blast to be the “food critic” for the afternoon. It had me saying things like “this was too tangy” or “too dry” or “yummmmm, this one is falling off the bone”. We were experts for the day and way to full for words once we left to go sort of sleep it off on my girlfriend’s salon sofa– quite comfy too by the way!
Some participating competitors included Socca, Smoke Daddy, Fizz, Top Shelf BBQ, Moonshine, Honkie Tonk BBQ, run by Dad, Willie which was also co-managed by the son and daughter team, Willie and Tillie Wagner along with a host of others that were provided a satisfying, delectable delight.
The declared “winner” for the day was Socca. A great triumph I’m sure. For me, all the participants were winners! It was a great environment, great food and awesome music in a perfect setting. What other way is there to out summer without a ribfest in Wicker Park?!