A Mississauga Ribfest Experience
This is my reflection of the 2011 Ribfest to get your appetite going for the 2012 Ribfest that is coming up in a couple of weeks on July 19th.
I don’t know what it is about the Ribfest that gets the city so excited. Maybe it’s the ribs. Maybe it’s knowing that the Mississauga Ribfest signifies summer’s here. Maybe it’s because it brings 120 000 people in Mississauga together. Whatever it is, I weigh 7 pounds more today than I did a week ago.
The new set up of Celebration Square was a great welcome to the disaster of 2010 when that area was under construction.
First off, this year it opened on Thursday, which allowed me to start getting my pork fill a day early, yaya!!!
This year you were permitted to drink anywhere in the Celebration Square with the only catch being that you had to buy a plastic mug ($2) to drink your booze out of. All the $$$ raised went to charity anyways so it’s all good! However, with it being an open alcohol area, an Alcatraz like fence was set up surrounding the entire square, with tight security checking all the your bags on entering and exiting.
Not sure what ribber I tried first on Thursday at lunch but it wasn’t Camp 31 because the line was way to long and I was starving and I needed something quick. Actually it was the ONLY one with a line. Hmm, I wonder why? Needless to say, I should have waited. I ordered a Pulled Pork Sandwich with slaw and beans for $9. First off the pork was served on a burger bun instead of a hot dog bun. I was hoping that every Ribber wasn’t going to follow suit and be so tight! Well at least it still tasted good but for the first time ever I was still hungry after eating the entire Pulled Pork Sandwich.
Around dinner time I took my son for some fries and some music. Surprisingly the event was very “family friendly.” As soon as we got there my little guy started getting down to some Celtic band that was on stage at that time. Great sound system with the new stage by the way.
But like usual, there are always some “trailer park drunks,” but there were also tons of uniform cops walking around. I saw one stereo typical trailer park drunk, wife beater with BBQ sauce stains and all, getting a little bit to rowdy for a family Mississauga event, being escorted out. I told my son, “See what happens when you drink too much.” He said, ” I see.” Great lesson learned and it shows you how they want to keep this event as family friendly as possible.
In the evening I went back for some Blues on the stage and some Bloomin’ Onions. The Blues were great but let’s face it, Bloomin’ Onions sound tasty as hell, but you feel like you have a hangover 30 minutes later. Does taste delicious though when you are just getting started.
Finally I entered the line at Camp 31. The line was the longest by far, but I didn’t care. I ordered a Pulled Pork Sandwich with slaw and beans and full rack of ribs!!! Yes I was hungry. I opened the Styrofoam container slowly and was pleasantly surprised to find my Pulled Pork Sandwich on a hotdog bun, smothered with a mountain of pulled pork that could have fed a small army!
I grabbed my fork. Yes, I eat the extra pulled pork that spills off the top of the sandwich with a fork and then once it becomes more manageable, I eat it like a sandwich. The ribs were fall off the bone and the BBQ sauce was perfect with a tinge of sweetness. 15 minutes later and I was done, ready for a nap, but so very satisfied. Now I know why the line is always longer at CAMP 31.