BY NICOLE MARSHALL MIDDLETON World Scene Writer
Thursday, September 13, 2012
9/13/12 at 4:19 AM
Professional pitmasters will heat up the stage downtown at the Rock 'N Rib Festival this weekend.
And just a few miles away at the River West Festival Park, Tulsa's Scotfest features food, music and highland games of the Scottish culture.
At the Rock 'N Rib Festival, presented by Rib Crib, seven competitive teams from across the country will showcase their championship recipes. These professional pitmasters have been featured on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Food Network, and they compete around the world.
And 14 bands will perform on the ONEOK Outdoor Stage.
In addition to barbecue ribs, beef, shrimp, catfish, chicken and a variety of concessions will be available. Snow cones, grilled corn, funnel cake, popcorn, cotton candy, corn dogs, deep-fried pickles, taco salads, kettle corn, smoothies and fresh-squeezed limeade will be on sale.
If it's not Scottish ...
Scotfest is a celebration of Celtic history and heritage.
There will be a selection of Scottish and American beers, whisky tastings, Scottish and Irish dance demonstrations, solo piping, drumming and pipeband competitions.
This event also features Scottish heavy athletic competitions with more than 60 athletes, a parade of Celtic dogs and vendors of Scottish crafts and products.
The music lineup includes Celtica, two world-class bagpipers and a rock band, as well as the sounds of the Great Highland Bagpipes, Pub Rock and Cleghorn, a Celtic-influenced Texas rock band featuring the father-son team of John Cleghorn and Dylan Cleghorn.
If you are interested in learning more about your family history, the festival will be offering a booth where you can research your genealogy and family (clan) history.
Where: River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave.
When: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday
Admission: $6, ages 12 and younger get in free.
Rock 'N Rib Festival
Where: Outside the BOK Center, Third Street and Denver Avenue
When: 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
For more: tulsaworld.com/getsauced
Nicole Marshall Middleton 918-581-8459
The downtown lunch crowd checks out the various stands along Third Street at the Rock 'N Rib BBQ Festival outside the BOK Center. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World file
Seven competitive teams from across the country will showcase their championship recipes at the Rock 'N Rib Festival. CHRISTOPHER SMITH / Tulsa World
Max Tankersley leads a group of musicians during the noon parade at last year's Scotfest. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World file
Jera Kressly tosses a weighed bag with a pitchfork during the sheaf toss competition at Scotfest. Traditional Scottish athletic events are among the attractions at the festival. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World file