In a street fair setting, each admission allows visitors to sample the ribs and wings until they run out.
In its 11th year, this year the popular Gatlinburg festival will feature tasting hours from 5 to 8 p.m., with musical entertainment starting at 5 p.m., food sampling from 6 to 8 p.m., and eating contests in between. Come experience the entertainment as well as the food on the parkway between traffic light No. 6 and Riverside Motor Lodge/Reagan Terrace Mall.
In addition to the live entertainment, hot wing eating contests, an ice cream eating event, and children’s activities will take place during the festival.
Ribs and wings will be judged by a panel for best ribs or wings in seven different categories. The coveted “People’s Choice Award,” chosen by popular vote, will be awarded to one entrant.
Hot wing eating contests sponsored by All Sauced Up will feature wings prepared in sauces such as “Blazing Bomb,” “Fire Pit Hell,” “Next Day Disaster,” “Scorching Screaming” and “Treacherous Tongue.” Prizes will also be awarded to the “Hot Wing Eating Contest Champion of the Year.”
“We think this will be our best Ribfest & Wings extravaganza ever,” said George Hawkins, special events manager for the Gatlinburg Department of Tourism. “The parkway is such an exciting and unique venue.”
An armband for Ribfest & Wings may be purchased for a small donation that allows sampling as long as the ribs and wings last. A portion of the proceeds benefit Gatlinburg Hospitality Association’s educational scholarship fund.
Last year’s vendors included Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Calhoun’s Restaurant, Corky’s BBQ, Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Bar, Gatlinburg Elks Lodge #1925, Gatlinburg Fire Department, Gatlinburg Police Department, Pucker’s Sports Bar & Grill, Smoky Mountain Brewery, TGI Friday’s, and Wings & Things Café.
For more information about Ribfest & Wings and other Springfest events, visit gatlinburg.com or call 865-436-4178.