Starboard Grill owner and chef Brad Declerq challenges local barbecuers to try and dethrone him as king of ribs during the annual Family Food Fest on June 2. SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO

Who’s got the best ribs in Port Alberni?

Family Food Fest seeks entrants to annual rib contest

The annual Family Food Fest will be held on Sunday, June 2 at the Alberni District Fall Fair grounds from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The festival committee would like to expand on the Barbecue Ribs Competition, with more competitors.

The competition will see Brad Declercq, owner and chef at Starboard Grill—also the winner of the last two competitions—challenges others to beat him. Do you have that secret rib recipe that will dethrone the king of ribs?

If you are interested in the challenge you will need to speak up, as there are only eight contestants that can compete. Each entrant pays $100, which includes three- to five-kilogram boxes of ribs from Hertel’s. Ribs must be prepared in an Island Health-permitted premise and then brought cooked the day of the event.

Contestants also need to bring containers and be prepared to serve and converse with the spectators. Participants are encouraged to provide their own signage and hand out materials. The table, electricity if needed and a 10-foot-by-10-foot tent will all be provided.

For more information or to sign up as a participant, call 250-723-9313 or e-mail avfoodfest@gmail.com.

“We want to expand the number of vendors that attend, build on the day with lots of kids’ games and local entertainers, lots of raffles and an expanded silent auction and loonie toonie auction, all the while keeping the event affordable for all to attend,” a spokesperson said.

The non- for-profit group that will benefit from the proceeds will be AV Hospice Society. Gate admission prices are $2 per individual or $5 per family.

The Fall Fair grounds are located at 4090 Hollywood St.

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