Smoke This Rib Fest 2016


The East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA) and Divco West are proud to present The East Cambridge Business Association “Smoke This” Rib Fest 2016, on Sunday October 2, 2016 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 perfect for all ages so come and enjoy some BBQ, live music and so much more. 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 are on sale starting September 1st. Taste Tickets sell out every year, so each restaurant will also be selling a dish at a great price, showcasing food from their fall menu. So even if you miss out on buying a Taste Ticket, you can still enjoy tasty food from the best restaurants around town!

Live music by local favorites The Clock Burners, Ali McGuirk,  Roy Sludge Trio, Vapors of Morphine, and the kids will enjoy fun and games with The East End House.

The growing list of participating restaurants include Abigail’s, ARTBAR, Atwood’s Tavern, Bambara, Café ArtScience, Cambridge Brewing Co., Cambridge Police Dept. Pitmasters, Commonwealth, East Coast Grill,  Filarmonica Santo Antonio, Hops N Scotch, Lone Star, Lord Hobo, Loyal Nine, Ole Mexican Grill, Portugalia, Puritan & Co., Rindge Vocational Culinary Arts Students, The Rising, and Trina’s Starlight.

Rib Fest is a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the local fare in and near East Cambridge and is produced by The East Cambridge Business Association and sponsored by DivcoWest, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, BioMed, Cambridgeside Galleria, East Cambridge Savings Bank, Education First (EF), Hotel Marlowe, Naveo Credit Union, Leggat McCall, Boston Properties, Forest City, Gentle Giant, Geek Offices, Graffito SP, McKinnon Co., MIT, Mount Vernon Co., Truant Construction Managers, Turner Construction, Urban Spaces LLC, and Vinfen

The mission of the East Cambridge Business Association 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; to preserve the historical integrity and importance of East Cambridge; and to promote an active stewardship of our neighborhood. We believe that by working together with the community and by working toward improving our businesses we can make East Cambridge a better place to live and work.

Smoke This Rib Fest Winna Winnas


The smoke has settled but we are still all jazzed up over how succesful Rib Fest 2012 went.

Congratulations to the People Choice winners:

1st East Side Bar &Grille


3rd Champions

Congratulation to the Best Ribs Award (by the Judges, Tony Maws, Craigie On Main; Kenji Alt,; and Dave Andleman, Phantom Gourmet)

1st Bambara

2nd Tupleo

3rd Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School Culinary Student  (ensuring more great restaurants are just around the corner here in East Cambridge)

More updates to come and many pictures to post , but … we are just emerging from a food coma … so be patient


The Taste Ticket

Do I need a ticket to come to Rib Fest? If my friend doesnt have a ticket can he/she still come?

Each year we try to put up a new post with an explanation of some frequently asked questions about the Taste Ticket. The most common, “Do I need a Taste Ticket to come to Rib Fest”

The answer, “no, you dont need a ticket to come to Smoke This Rib Fest, BUT you do need a ticket to eat ribs”

That being said, the Taste Ticket is the best way to experience STRF because it allows you 10 samples of ribs on a first come first serve basis from our (currently) 20 local restaurants.  Then the Ticket doubles as your ballot.  You can cast your vote for your favorite rib and help us crown the winner of The People’s Choice Award

We always expect and welcome more people to come to the community event to enjoy the music, activities, and of course food!.  So we ask each retuarant to bring additional food items that reflect their own menus.  This way the event is open to the public and there is plenty of food options for everyone who joins us.

Hope this sheds some light on the Taste Ticket, but if you have any questions we are happy to answer them.  Email us at