Some come with 900 pounds of ribs to cook and sell because that's the kind of draw the Grand Haven Ribfest has. It's an event filled with food, fun and purpose and it's set early in the season so the excuses for you to have something else going are slim. When you add in that it's a fundraiser to help our Veterans of the Lakeshore and there is plenty of entertainment, beer, activities for the young and old and a feeling that your good time is going to help some pretty incredible people.
It's been going on for 15 years, and it's been growing steadily. It's a competition between those who fancy themselves as pit-masters and those who see themselves as foodies. Different cooking styles come into play, secret rubs...sauces and techniques. Cultures palates come along next to see who's made what and which restaurants of food trucks they will be following around all Summer. Names like A&E BBQ, Big Moe's, Daddy Pete's, Famous Dave's, Holy Smokers, Old Iron, Paisley Pig, Pork N Stein and Stable Inn will be applying their tricks of the trade to impress the crowd and judges.
Music, they have that. Mr. Whoo Ha, Perfect Storm, Northbound and more. For the kids, there will be face painting, underwater robot building, balloon animals and more. Something sweet? Goobers and Ma's Kettle Corn will be there too. Add in plenty of frosty cold beverages and NO COVER CHARGE and you have the makings of a great party.
Do keep in mind though, this is at the VFW. Yes, everything you're up to is benefiting those who have served in the military and were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Mike Baauw is the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs for Muskegon County and the work they do extends way past just Muskegon. They serve thousands and thousands and they continue to grow who and how they serve. Anything from a food pantry for some essentials to helping navigate the rather difficult system for Veterans benefits. The hold group meetings, they help special specific needs and they also advocate for veterans needs on a higher level. Amazingly good things happen out of the Muskegon Department of Veterans Affairs, and our support is the least we can give.
Mike and I sat down for a chat about this year Ribfest. Take a listen.
Save the date - or dates. They may need a hand with 900 pounds of ribs from just 1 vendor, may need being the key phrase. It's going to be a foodies delight and a place to party like no other and the purpose is one anyone can agree with. It's a great time for a great cause. Head to Grad Haven and enjoy the 15th Annual Ribfest and do a good turn for some incredible hero's.