Twin City RibFest
Downtown WS June 11 – 14
The Twin City RibFest returns to downtown Winston-Salem on June 11-14 and brings with it nine nationally acclaimed BBQ teams that hail from Texas to North Carolina. BBQ fans will be able to try various styles including Memphis, St. Louis and of course, Texas. The event runs from 11 AM – 11 PM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Noon – 7 PM on Sunday.
BBQ is not all that the Twin City RibFest offers. Promoter Allen McDavid has included entertainment elements not found in most BBQ festivals. It has a real side show featuring the Squidling Brothers from Phikladelphia, UIW Lucha Libre wrestling and a mock saloon called the Larceny Bourbon Shady Ladie’s Saloon complete with can can girls. Deep Eddy Vodka will be sponsoring a pin-up girl contest called “I’m a Betty.”
Now in its 11th year, the Twin City RibFest has become an event that heralds summer’s official arrival in Winston-Salem. It originated in a downtown church parking lot in 2005. And since then 20-25,000 Twin City BBQ fans come out for the good food and fun. The success of the Twin City RibFest was immediate and helped it gain recognition in Bon Apetit magazine MarthaStewart.com and Our State magazine, as well as being named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Bureau several years running. In 2007 a local icon, Texas Pete hot sauce signed on as the title sponsor and served that role through the event’s 10th Anniversary in 2014.
In 2009 the RibFest relocated to the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds where it stayed for three years. Despite the extra room and other amenities the new location had, McDavid determined that the event belonged where it was born, in downtown Winston-Salem. The Winston-Salem Journal provided the RibFest a new downtown site and a new marketing partner. The 2012 Twin City RibFest returned to downtown to the delight of its longtime attendees.