October 31 - November 2,2014@ Zoo Miami

Events Info

Ribfest 2014 Hours of Operation and Event Information:


Friday, October 31, 2014

6:00 p.m. -- 11:00 p.m.

Friday:  Free Entry.  Free Sides with the Purchase of a Half-Rack, or Whole Rack of Ribs,  
DJ streaming music. Admission to Spooky Zoo Night includes access to Ribfest.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

11:00 a.m. -- 9:00 p.m.

All-Day Southern & Classic Rock concerts

Five National Ribbers

Beer-Inspired Cooking Demonstrations and Pairings beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Chefs Corner

12:30 P.M. Chef TBD

2:30 P.M. Larry Goeser, Good Beer Larry
Good Beer Larry is a South Florida-based beer instructor, craft beer aficionado and beer tasting extraordinaire.  Over the past 17 years, he has visited over 250 brewpubs, breweries, beer bars and beer festivals. Larry brings 6,000 years of beer history alive through an engaging presentation which includes an eclectic collection of beer memorabilia.  Larry will present the “History of Beer and the Rise of Civilization”.

4:30 P.M. Michell Sanchez, Latin House Burger & Taco Bar
Food truck pioneer Chef M successfully made the crossover to full-service restaurant with the opening of Latin House Burger & Taco Bar which is bringing a different feel to Kendall.  Offering an eclectic mix of dishes infused with Latin flair, no two meals are identical and no two experiences are the same.  Located at 9565 SW 72nd Street, the best seller right now is the Tomahawk Ribeye Steak.  Chef M prepares a tiger shrimp ceviche!


Celebrity Judging Takes Place


Sunday, November 2, 2014

11:00 a.m. -- 7:00 p.m.

All-Day Country Music concerts

Five National Ribbers

Thunder Country's Dougie Hitchcock broadcasting live 10 a.m. - noon

Beer-Inspired Cooking Demonstrations and Pairings beginning at noon at the Chefs Corner

12:00 P.M. Frederick C. Kaufman, Proper Sausages
Miami’s only artisan sausage maker, Proper Sausages opened its doors in Miami Shores in March 2013.  The shop features a wide variety of fresh sausages, house made bacon, and specialized cuts of beef, pork and poultry, along with a beer & wine section focused on artisan brewers and international vintners.  Proper Sausages, located at 9722 NE 2nd Avenue, is owned by husband and wife team, Freddy and Danielle Kaufmann.  Get ready as Fred prepares Florida raised Wagyu short ribs!

2:00 P.M. Jorgie Ramos – Barley & Swine Gastropub
Barley & Swine is refining the art of pairing beer with food. The neighborhood boutique gastropub, located at 9059 SW 73 Court, opened in June 2013.  Menu options include everything from pork belly to popcorn ice cream, all under the direction of chef/owner Jorgie Ramos.  On Sunday, he'll be 
making wild boar baby back ribs.

4:00 P.M. Matthew Weintraub, President, FIU B.R.E.W.
Leader of a home brewing club based at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Matthew Weintraub and his fellow students are on a mission to educate South Florida about the science and art of craft brewing.  Learn about extract brewing, mini-mash brewing, all-grain brewing and more.  Or, sign up for a class trip to Ireland to explore the art of beer making!  FIU’s Beer Academy is open to home brewers and beer enthusiasts.

4:30 P.M. George Patti, M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom
Owned and operated by Chef George Patti, the M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom is a cutting edge restaurant in the Upper Florida Keys. It smokes its own meats, makes its own sausage in-house, has high quality burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork and even lobster rolls as a Gourmet Fast Food establishment.  M.E.A.T also carries craft beer, microbrewed sodas, organic wines and homemade ice cream.  Just down the street from M.E.A.T is Chef Patti’s newest establishment Tasters Taco Emporium.  On tap for Ribfest, house made chorizo and sliders!


Kiss Country's Darlene Evans broadcasting live from  2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, you can also enjoy:  Farmers Market, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Photo Opportunity, VIP Experience, Zoo Miami admission, and much more.

Parking is free
Admission is free for children 3 and under


Friday,  October 31, 2014 - Free Admission

Saturday, Nov. 1 - Sunday Nov. 2, 2014:

$10 General Admission

$25 Ribfest/Zoo Miami Combo

$75 VIP Experience 

(VIP Experience includes: General Admission; VIP meal (½ rack of ribs and two sides); 6 Beers from an expanded craft/seasonal beer selection to include Blue Moon Pumpkin Harvest, Batch 19, Blue Moon Rounder, Crispin Cider, Fox Barrel Pear, Linenkugel Orange, Third Shift and Blue Moon Short Straw;  shaded lounge area; and comfort station restrooms.)