Arena reviving Wichita Ribfest idea

People line up for their free lunch earlier today inside Intrust Bank Arena.

Intrust Bank Arena is reviving its idea for the Wichita Ribfest, an outdoor barbecue festival originally scheduled for last August.

The event, which will feature six national rib vendors, live music, a beer garden and kids’ activities, now is scheduled for May 17-19 in Lot D, a city-managed parking east of the arena at 777 E. Waterman.

I attended the press conference where the event was announced earlier today, and not just because the arena was passing out free ribs, potato salad and homemade chips. Although I certainly enjoyed that aspect of the event. A line of people that included nearby office workers were waiting to get in when the doors opened at 11:30 a.m. By the end of the event, about 300 people had taken advantage of the free lunch, I was told.

By the way, the arena also is asking people to vote on an official logo for the event. I like the bony pig with the flaming back, personally. You can cast your vote on the arena’s website between now and 10 a.m. Feb. 24

All the details about the Ribfest are in the story I wrote earlier today. Here are a few more photos from the event, shot by Eagle photog Jaime Green. Read More »

River City Ribfest: Sounds fun to me

I just got word from Intrust Bank Arena about a rib-tastic sounding new event they have planned for August.

The River City Ribfest will be staged Aug. 25-27 outside of the arena on Cessna Plaza and in the south parking lots.

It’ll have barbecue, music and rib aficionados competing for cookoff titles such as “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice.” Six national rib vendors will be there, and both local and regional bands will perform. It also will have a beer garden, a kid’s play area and a VIP section.

The Ribfest will be sponsored by House of Schwan and Wichita Downtown Development Corporation. Tickets are $4, free for children 12 and under. You can read more information about the event here.

I love ribs, and I love festivals centered around food. I don’t love August, however, but maybe it’ll be one of those unseasonably cool, almost-September weekends. Plus, it’ll be a nice appetizer to the Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff, which takes place on the other side of the arena a month later.