The Dispatch wrote Spare moments few for roaming ‘ribbers’
Thursday, July 24, 2008
BY AARON BECK
For most people, the 29th annual Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest will offer a respite from the routine. It promises a stroll along the Scioto River — a time to hear some music, meet friends and acquaintances, and, of course, eat a plate of mouthwatering food that someone else cooked.
For the 22 teams of men and women who will rub and slather many thousands of pounds of ribs and other meats on many a grill, it means 2 1/2 days of nonstop preparations and quick salutations such as “Hi, how are you?” and “Thank you, goodbye.”
The “ribbers,” the people who roam the United States producing distinctively flavored smoked meats, wouldn’t have it any other way.