Ribstock: The Corporate Seats

by Chelsea Girl on April 29, 2012

When I returned from holiday, I had discovered that the Ribstock tickets had already gone on sale and had sold out. I was gutted because I remember when the Rib Man had sent out his first tweet, musing about the idea of a ribs festival and I was excited about the idea – following a deliciously filling time at The Chilli Stand Off.

Subsequently, there was another round of tickets that went on sale but I wasn’t quick off the mark and so I ended up with the ‘corporate’ tickets: £10 to catch a glimpse of the action and to have some ribs and a cocktail.

Initially, I thought it was going to be a case of popping in and out but in the end I stayed for the entire afternoon and had a deliciously lovely time. Why?

For one, I was in the warm and dry …

And I loved The Century Club’s revamped look, which was a real delight to hang out in …

We didn’t get to to taste the ribs which were in competition and vote for the best one. But we did have our own menu, which we went through.

First, we had the ribs (of course) …


And yes, we used cutlery …

The ribs were wonderful: very succulent. I tried some of the sauce, which was fine. But to be honest, I didn’t feel that the ribs needed anything else to add to them. The meat was tasty on its own and I polished mine off without any problem.

After a couple of drinks (I stuck to the Stonewall cocktails of which I had many) …

The bf and I shared a pork belly rib slider …

As well as a hot dog …

For dessert, we tried the Lemon Posset and the Chocolate Mousse, which were both suitable palate changers: delicious but not over-indulgent.

And that suited me fine for the rest of the day. In fact, I only had a small snack after watching Avengers Assemble that night. What I do remember from The Chilli Stand Off was how full I felt and that the whole tasting experience was supposed to be just that: tasting with a pinch of ten dishes.

There was a very relaxed atmosphere at The Century Club as the Ribstock buzz continued downstairs …

But as the rain started to fall again, I was so glad to be in the dry …

Rather than queuing in the rain …

Saying that, those from outside could come inside at any time (they mostly did because the outside loos were not working properly at some point). So the fact that most decided to stay outdoors meant that the Ribstock vibe must have been totally rocking.

And after the winners were announced (which did lead to a few gasps): Cattle Grid came third, Lucky Chip was in second place and Redhook came first for the ribs, there was an after-party in the club.

 

I left as the crowd were coming upstairs. I could feel their cold but I could also feel their excited energy. So all in all, I think a great day was had by everyone – wherever you were.

These guys really know how to run a foodie festival, whether you’re a die-hard meat head, a cocktail fiend or simply just someone who enjoys doing something a bit different.

This was another successful event and I simply can’t wait for the next one. I’m just hoping that the tickets don’t go on sale when I’m on holiday again!

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