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Thousands of people descended upon East Cambridge from around the region on Sunday to enjoy some of the best BBQ in the greater Boston area. 19 restaurants from Cambridge and Somerville competed for the honor of best ribs in the second annual “Smoke This Rib Fest” while showcasing their menus to festival-goers. Ticket holders were given the opportunity to cast votes for the winner of the “People’s Choice Award,” and a panel of judges awarded a separate award for the ribs they judged to be best at the event.
|Rib Fest drew thousands of people to Cambridge St. in East Cambridge.
This Sunday’s Rib Fest, which was organized by the East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA), was the second Rib Fest held by the ECBA in as many years. Both attendance and the number of restaurants participating were up significantly this year, and it looks like Rib Fest is turning into a popular regional event. Both WBUR and the Boston Globe publicized the event in the days leading up to it, and attendees gave the food, music, and atmosphere rave reviews.
|Christopher Kosinski of East Side Bar and Grill accepts the people’s choice award for best ribs.
|Hakan Yucesoy of Bosphorus Mediterranean Restaurant accepts the judge’s award for best ribs.
I was given the distinct honor of announcing the winners of both the people’s and judge’s awards for best ribs. The People’s Choice Award went to reining champions East Side Bar and Grill of East Cambridge, and the judge’s award went to newcomer Bosphorus of Inman Square.
This was another fantastic family event put on by the ECBA, and if you missed it this year, make plans to come out next fall for what will certainly be the best Rib Fest yet!
Forecasters are expecting excellent weather for this Sunday’s Rib Fest in East Cambridge. Today is the last day to purchase a ticket for the rib tasting, so be sure to get yours while they last! See the post below from the East Cambridge Business Association for more information:
The East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA) is proud to present The East Cambridge Business Association “Smoke This” Rib Fest 2011, on Sunday October 9, 2011 from 12:00 noon – 4:00pm. The Rib Fest and Street Fair will take place on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, between Fulkerson Street and Fifth Street.
The Rib Fest is a culinary showdown pitting pit master against pit master for the title of the best ribs in town. The event is for all ages so come and enjoy some BBQ. There will be plenty of food and fun to be had, but for the best chance to sample a variety of ribs and to cast your vote, you’ll need a Taste Ticket which will get you 10 rib samples from the restaurants of your choice at a first come first serve basis. Taste Tickets go on sale September 1st. Additionally, each restaurants will be selling a dish of their own, showcasing their own menu.
Join Abigail’s, Area Four, ARTBAR, Atasca, Atwood’s Tavern, Bambara, Bosphorus, CRLS Culinary School, East Side Bar and Grille, Lord Hobo, Midwest Grill, Muqueca, New Deal Fish Market, Portugalia, Lizzy’s, Redbones, Think Tank, Trina’s Starlight Lounge, and Tupelo as they compete for their chance at BBQ glory!
Enjoy cooking demonstrations from local chefs, brought to you by how2heroes, while the kids enjoy fun and games with The East End House. Local favorites Hayride, and The Atwood’s Monday Night Bluegrass Band will get you moving with their Bluegrass and Americana rhythms.
Rib Fest is a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the local fare in and near East Cambridge and
is sponsored by the East Cambridge Savings Bank, Alexandria Real Estate Equities,
Forest City, HYM Investments, Education First, Clark Hunt Ahern and Embry,
The Royal Sonesta, CPCU Credit Union, Gentle Giant, New England Tango Academy, McKinnon Company, Kroner Design, Royal Hospitality, M.I.T., City Retail, Vinfen, and SVNGR. See http://www.eastcambridgeba.com/ for further event and Taste Ticket info.
The East Cambridge Business Association is an exciting, young organization that is designed to unite and strengthen local businesses, while giving them new opportunities to engage the East Cambridge community and give back to their neighborhood. On November 9th, I had the opportunity to attend the ECBA’s one year anniversary celebration, and will hopefully have the opportunity to attend many more!
The following is an East Cambridge Business Association press release that was published on the Cambridge Chronicle website on November 12:
On Tuesday, Nov. 9, members and guests of the East Cambridge Business Association gathered at the Multicultural Arts Center to celebrate the organization’s one-year anniversary at its annual meeting.
Association president Carl Fantasia of New Deal Fish Market delivered the presidential report highlighting the many accomplishments the ECBA has made during its first year. An impressive list of community building events such as outdoor movie nights, Cambridge Street clean-ups and “East Cambridge In Bloom,” the ECBA has spent its first year focusing on making visible impacts in East Cambridge and uniting residents, business, and the city together.
Deputy City Manager Richard Rossi and State Representative and City Councilor Tim Toomey commended the ECBA for being able to bring the community together and make positive impacts in the neighborhood.
“The Rib Fest was a unique event that brought long-time residents and new residents together, and people are still talking about it” said Toomey.
Andy Montone of Cambridge Art and Frame highlighted the ECBA’s plans to improve on these events in the coming year and encouraged everyone become more involved in 2011. “We have accomplished a lot in the first year with a relatively small group of people, if we all get involved, the sky is the limit”.
Before the closing of the meeting, Teodora Silva of Alegria Dental Group, presented “The Smoke This Rib Fest” trophy to Chris Kosinski of East Side Bar and Grille, who is also the vice president of East Cambridge Business Association. As part of the award, the ECBA made a donation on Chris’s behalf to the East Cambridge Scholarship Fund for wining the Rib Fest in its first year.
Tim presents ECBA President Carl Fantasia with a citation in recognition of the one year anniversary of the ECBA’s founding.
East Cambridge Business Association Website
Cambridge Chronicle article: ECBA Hosts first networking event
The East Cambridge Business Association launched this past month with their first networking event on Feb 25th. The event was a big success and drew a crowd of 40 to the East Side Bar & Grill (yelp page) at 561 Cambridge St (right across the street from my office).
The ECBA intends to organize and unite the many varied businesses of East Cambridge. As their website puts it, their mission is:
“To promote and maintain sustainable commerce in East Cambridge; to be a single voice for its members; to promote activities that bond East Cambridge businesses with their neighborhood; and to preserve the historical integrity and importance of East Cambridge.“
-ECBA Mission statement
There has already been a lot of interest in the ECBA thanks to a lot of hard work from the early members and organizers. The organization is a great idea and could help East Cambridge come together as a united front to preserve our historic community and face the upcoming economic challenges for local businesses.
The members already include a wide variety of services from familiar East Cambridge spots:
List current as of 3/10/10