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Rock’ n Ribfest

When: Friday, June 16, from 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack
Cost: Admission costs $10 at the gate or $7 if purchased in advance online or at the Anheuser-Busch gift shop. Kids age 8 and under are admitted free. Sunday is Military Appreciation Day, when active military members and up to four of their family members are admitted free. Food, drinks and special events and activities are priced separately. 
Visit: ribfestnh.com
 
On the Ribfest menu
Ribfest ribbers
Aussom Aussie
Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ
Gator BBQ
Jack’s Down Home BBQ
Johnson’s Barbecue
Road Hawg BBQ
Squeels On Wheels BBQ
T-Roy’s BBQ
Texas Smokehouse
 
Other food vendors
Bruster’s Ice Cream
Fried dough
French fries
Pizza
Cheese steak
Bloomin onions
Roasted sweet corn
Apple crisp
Kettle corn
Popcorn
Fudge
Cannoli
Fresh-squeezed lemonade
Barbecue sauces
Gourmet baked potatoes
Gourmet coffee
Chicken and pork kabobs
Cupcakes
Cookies
Cake pops
Cotton candy
Shaved ice




Ready for ribs
Barbecue, brews and more at Rock’n Ribfest

06/15/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Each Father’s Day weekend, Rock’n Ribfest brings thousands of people to the Anheuser-Busch Merrimack brewery for a weekend of music, craft beer and all things barbecue. 

The festival, now in its 15th year, will return Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18, and will feature nine professional barbecue vendors, known at the fest as “ribbers,” from all over North America.
Ribbers will offer half and whole racks of ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and barbecued chicken, all with unique barbecue sauces, as well as sides like baked beans and coleslaw. Sauces may include hand-rubbed sauces, honey sauces, brown sugar sauces and other sauces with secret ingredients.  
“Each vendor has their special recipe they think makes their product the best,” Ribfest Committee Chairman Randy Smith said. “The key is the sauce, and how they marinate the ribs and apply the sauce so that the flavor really gets into the ribs.”  
For many of the ribbers, who travel to various barbecue events, Rock’n Ribfest is the culminating event of their summer. 
“It’s a huge event for them. They look forward to it,” Smith said. “We have some ribbers who have come every year for all 15 years.” 
There will be other food vendors as well, selling fair favorites like hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, french fries, pizza, roasted corn on the cob, kettle corn, apple crisp, fried dough, cotton candy, ice cream and more. 
The popular Beer Experience tasting will return for its second year at Ribfest, featuring two beer tents. 
The Main Beer Tent will include mainstream beers like Bud and Bud Light, Shock Top Belgian White, Goose India Pale Ale, Michelob Ultra, Redbridge and O’Douls, as well as non-beer beverages like Spiked Seltzer, Peach-A-Rita, Straw-Ber-Rita and Stella Artois Cidre. The Beer Garden Experience Tent, complete with video screens and bar seating, will include craft beers like Blue Point’s Blueberry Ale, American Amber Lager, Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, four kinds of Shock Top and more. 
Additionally, Ribfest, which is put on by Rotary Nashua West, will have all kinds of entertainment and activities. The Main Stage will feature six local bands throughout the weekend, ranging in genre from alternative rock and country to blues and doo wop, and the smaller family stage will feature a variety of local youth performances. There will be bouncy houses and other kids’ activities, hot air balloon rides, brewery tours and photo ops with the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. The RibRide 25/50 Bicycle Ride returns on Saturday morning, and the Ribfest 5 Miler Road Race takes place on Sunday morning. 
With all that Ribfest has to offer, Smith said it’s always clear what the biggest draw is. 
“People come for the ribs,” he said. “It’s a chance for them to try a multitude of different ribs that they can’t do at home. That’s the basis of the event.”





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