This weekend kicked off the annual Roc City Rib Festival. The four day event draws people from all over the country for food and fun. And it's all for a good cause.
The festival is the perfect combination of good music and great food. Thousands packed Genesee Valley Park to take part in the festival fun. Several retail and food vendors lined the streets. Some of the food vendors come from as far away as Florida and Texas, while others are local favorites.
Now one of the changes this year is the new location. The festival has moved from Charlotte to Genesee Valley Park. Festival goers and organizers say the new location offers more space and it’s more centrally located. With the added space, the festival now offers two band areas and an expanded kid zone. This is the festival's seventh year and a favorite among residents.
"Events like this are a great way to kickoff the summer because it brings a lot of people from a lot of diverse backgrounds together. It gives people a chance to interact and gives them a chance to learn more about what's here in our community," said Stephen Norwood of Rochester.
"I've enjoyed all the different vendors coming in giving their own unique style on the barbecue, very delicious great food, great music. I love it all," said Nick Morelle of Irondequoit.
Another part of the Roc City Rib Fest is the Barbeque competition. This year 125 teams from across the country and Canada will compete in six competitions. A portion of the ticket sales will go to the Golisano Children's Hospital. More than 70,000 has been raised since the Roc City Rib Fest began back in 2008.
Organizers say this year is expected to be the biggest year yet with at least 20,000 people expected to come through the gates. The festival will run through Monday.