Meat, great weather and more meat at London Ribfest – The London Free Press

London’s getting piggy with it.

With delicious barbecue meat, marvelous weather — and even more meat — it can’t get much better at Ribfest in Victoria Park this weekend.

Meat lovers were lined up down the blocked off section of Wellington Street on Friday afternoon to taste the prized ribs of barbecue vendors.


What: London Ribfest and London Craft Beer Festival, featuring 10 ribbers, 10 craft breweries, live music, arts and crafts and other vendors, chalk artists and midway rides.

Where: Victoria Park

When: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Admission: Free. Visit the website for more information about the ribbers, craft brewers, events, activities, competitions and vendors.

Trophies of past barbecue competitions glimmered in the sunlight, enticing Ribfest-goers to buy ribs, chicken and other meats at their stands.

The smell of sauce getting slathered on a fresh rack of ribs fills the air and floats across the park.

A few steps away from the meat madness is the London Craft Beer festival. Visitors lined up to sample different craft beers from around the region while enjoying their ribs.

Tex Robert Jr. has been cooking ribs for such a long time that he said he is known as the Grand Daddy of Ribbing. He was serving up ribs for Louisiana Bar-B-Que on Friday.

“It’s been a great Ribfest,” he said. “Everyone is enjoying themselves.”

Robert Jr. was born in Louisiana and raised in Texas. He said he has been coming to London’s Ribfest for many years.

“London is a great place to come to,” he said.

Although ribs are a big theme at the event, there are non-meat activities to enjoy as well. There are plenty of midway rides for kids and families, carnival games and craft vendors. Plus, there are more food carts with goodies like ice cream, popcorn, lemonade and beaver tails.

Visitors can also enjoy different musical artists like D.J.s and bands throughout the weekend.

Ribfest runs until 9 p.m. Monday.

Hundreds of people had ribs for lunch at Victoria Park during London Ribfest 2018 in London, Ont. on Friday August 3, 2018. Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network