(Tulsa, Okla.) August 19, 2013 - The BOK Center and SMG Special Events brings Oklahoma’s champion barbecue celebration back to downtown Tulsa this fall. The Rock ‘n Rib Festival, presented by Rib Crib, will return September 12-15, 2013, in downtown Tulsa and will feature four days of championship barbecue, mouth-watering concessions, cooking demonstrations, a kids zone, and performances by 14 regional bands on the ONEOK Outdoor Stage. Admission to the festival is free - all day, every day. For more information click HERE.
WHERE: Outside BOK Center, Third Street and Frisco Avenue
WHEN: September 12-15, 2013
COST: Admission is free
“We are thrilled to bring back Rock ‘n Rib Festival this year. Despite the inclement weather last year, Rock ‘n Rib Festival still welcomed more than 39,000 people to downtown Tulsa for award-winning barbecue. This is an event people get really excited about and we are proud to celebrate five years of bringing this free event to the public,” said John Bolton, SMG General Manager.
The festival has become a Tulsa tradition and is a celebration of award-winning barbecue ribs, with six teams from across the country showcasing their championship recipes on Third Street and Frisco Avenue outside the arena. These professional “pitmasters” (who have been featured on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Food Network) compete around the world and pride themselves on their cooking techniques, secret recipes, and unique barbecue sauces and rubs. In addition to smoking prime cuts of meat, the rib vendors pay close attention to showmanship. They decorate their expansive spaces with giant banner walls featuring their most recent accolades and tables full of trophies/memorabilia from past events. In addition to barbecue ribs, beef, chicken, a variety of delicious concessions will be available. Sno cones, grilled corn, funnel cake, popcorn, cotton candy, corn dogs, deep-fried pickles, taco salads, kettle corn, smoothies and fresh-squeezed limeade will be for sale. A selection of soft drinks will be offered, along with margaritas, mixed drinks, wine and beer for guests over 21 years of age.
Thursday, September 12, the ONEOK Outdoor Stage will present an Earl Clark Tribute featuring Starr Fisher and The Spectrum Band. On Friday, September 13, the festival will host the Inaugural Rib Run 5K and Fun Run presented by Fleet Feet Tulsa starting at 7 p.m. from the corner 3rd Street and Denver Avenue. To register, visit www.fleetfeettulsa.com or www.getsaucedtulsa.com. Also on Friday, September 13, the festival will put on the Five-Year Anniversary Fireworks Display beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. The Curtis Culinary Stage will make its return with live cooking demonstrations from the pitmasters, as well as local restaurant chefs. The nationally-recognized pitmasters will share trade secrets and present demonstrations on a variety of barbecue-related topics. The Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort Saloon will return for guests over 21 years of age. The expanded adult-only party zones will have liquor, mixed drinks and high-point beer. The party area will be located on the box office plaza near Frisco Avenue and offers a prime view of the outdoor stage. This area will also feature a large a GoVision Jumbotron showing the weekend’s best college and NFL football teams in action.
One of the festival’s greatest features is free live entertainment scheduled daily on the ONEOK Outdoor Stage. The stage will feature marquee performances from Cruize Control (a Jimmy Buffet cover band), Adley Stump from Season 2 of The Voice and up-and-coming country music sensation Charlie Worsham. A full list of bands and an entertainment schedule is available at www.getsaucedtulsa.com. The 2013 Rock ‘N Rib Festival is presented by Rib Crib with live entertainment on the outdoor stage courtesy of ONEOK, Inc. Curtis Restaurant Supply presents the culinary stage. Plaza sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Marble Slab, US Army, Lexus, Downtown Doubletree Hotel, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Ben E. Keith, Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, and Stones Liquor. KOKI – Fox 23, Cox Radio, Inc., Urban Tulsa Weekly, La Semana del Sur, and the Tulsa Business Journal are all official media partners for the event. More information on the Rock ‘n Rib Festival and profiles of all of rib vendors are available at www.getsaucedtulsa.com. Questions may be directed to Jill Duvall, Special Events Manager at (918) 894-4267 or firstname.lastname@example.org.