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Who doesn’t love some good ol’ fashion BBQ? What if you compliment that lip smackin’ BBQ with live music, car shows, cook-offs, mechanical bulls, arts & crafts and more!? Well ladies and gentleman, after a two year hiatus, Ribfest is back in Miami! Taking place Friday November 2nd through Sunday November 4th at Zoo Miami, Ribfest 2012 is sure to leave you with a smile on your face and your bellies full!

Ribfest 2012 kicks off on Friday, November 2nd at Zoo Miami (click HERE for a map) at 11am and lasts until 6pm and continues on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday hours are 10am – 9pm and on Sunday hours are 10am – 7pm.

The Riboff

The BBQ at Ribfest sure put a smile on this little guys face!

With a name like Ribfest, there’s one thing you can expect plenty of – BBQ! Teams from all over the U.S. are converging at Ribfest for bragging rights. Categories they’re competing for are: Best ribs, best beef brisket, best chicken and best sauce. And with teams like Big Boned BBQ Co from Minnesota, Blazin’ Broncos from Ohio and Smoke & Spice in Florida it’s sure to be a tough competition – and even tougher on the judges. Entries are submitted and judged on Saturday with the results being announced on Sunday. There will also be tons of food vendors there to satisfy your BBQ craving.

Car Show

For all the car buffs and fanatics out there don’t worry! There will be dozens of world class classic cars there looking their best for everyone to enjoy. Don’t be surprised if you catch a mint 1950’s Chevrolet Bel Air in it’s classic red and white color combination or a “Plum Crazy” 1970’s Hemi Dodge Charger with all the bells and whistles. Mom’s and Dad’s, take pictures next to your high school car and bring back some memories. Kids, take pictures next to your dream car and share it with your friends!


Concerts are a favorite past time of tens of millions of Americans, and Ribfest 2012 is going to provide you with plenty of live music! This years Ribfest has some very special guests, including Southern rock legends Molly Hatchet and Country music sensation James Otto (Please CLICK HERE for the official schedule.) What goes better than finger lickin’ BBQ and good ol’ fashioned Country music and Rock? Well, not much. Which is why we assume the organizers of Ribfest have combined the two. Molly Hatchet and James Otto aren’t the only two artists performing – Shadow Creek, Rodeo Clowns, Matt Mansfield, Fire Brigade and Black Stars are a few of the other artists/bands performing at this years Ribfest. Performances are Saturday and Sunday so don’t miss out!

Family Fun

Although the food, concerts and car shows are definitely family oriented – Ribfest offers even more! See how long you can hold on on the mechanical bull a ride or tap into your creative side in the arts and zoo crafts areas; jump on the hayride or get your picture taken with the Zoo Squad! No matter what your family enjoys, Ribfest is sure too have something for every member of your family.

Tickets are available HERE so be sure to get your tickets now! Bring your whole family and join us November 2nd through November 4th in welcoming Ribfest back to Miami after it’s 2 year hiatus! Huge thank you’s go out to The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, Zoo Miami, The Zoological Society of Florida and the organizers of Ribfest for making Ribfest 2012 come back to Miami!

Please take a moment to visit the sponsors of the event because without them, this event wouldn’t have been possible. Visit The Parks Foundation of Miami Dade facebook page by clicking HERE as well as the Miami Dade Parks Facebook page HERE Let’s all work together to keep Miami and it’s parks, beautiful.