Why? Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival Giveaway!

Can you believe it’s almost Memorial Day and the unofficial kickoff to the summer season? One of the biggest parts of Memorial Day weekend in Cleveland is the Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival, now in its 22nd year!

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From Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, the Nautica Entertainment Complex will be filled with tasty, finger-lickin’BBQ. There will be 10 professional chefs from across the country competing for three prizes: “Greatest Ribs in America,” “Butch Lupinetti Greatest Sauce in America” and “People’s Choice.” There’s also a Marc’s Amateur Grilling Competition on Saturday, May 25. You can even win a chance to be an official Rib Cook-Off judge by texting “LNAPP” to 404040 and downloading the free Live Nation app.

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Image Source – marcs.com

Aside from filling up on ribs, you can also jam to some fun music, with Mega 80’s on Friday, Rick Springfield on Saturday, Buddy Guy on Sunday, and Bret Michaels on Monday. As a “Rock of Love” fan, I’m pretty excited for Bret to rock my world! Entertainment is included with your general admission ticket.

If that wasn’t enough there will be booths to benefit the Downtown Cleveland Alliance and the Cleveland APL, contests, prizes, a new Riverfront dining area, and more! This is a great way to kick off your summer in CLE!

General admission tickets, which include entertainment, but not food and beverage, are only $5 with a coupon available at Marc’s or $8 without the coupon. Or you can enter to win 2 general admission tickets, good for any day of the festival, right here!

Here’s how to enter: you can complete one, two or all three entries, just leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry:

1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite summer grilling food.

2. Follow both @MarcsStores and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave one comment letting me know you’re following.

3. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment letting me know you tweeted:

I want to win BBQ with Bret and Ribs with Rick at @MarcsStores #GreatAmericanRibCookOff from @WhyCLE: http://wp.me/p1fb9r-1uA

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a comment each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close at 11:59pm on Thursday, May 16 and the winner will be announced the following day. Good luck! And for another chance to win, check out Eat*Drink*Cleveland’s giveaway.

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival. In exchange, I will receive 2 general admission tickets for myself and 2 general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions and reality TV addictions are 100% my own.***


27 Responses

  1. Favorite summer grilling food–handmade burgers 🙂 However my favorite veggies to grill are summer squash and zucchinis..put a little balsamic on there..woowweee..that’s some tasty stuff! Can’t wait for summer cookouts!

  2. Yum! We went a couple years ago and it was great! We’ll be out of town or I’d enter, but great giveaway! Have you ever used Rafflecopter?

  3. Deanna

    I don’t want to enter the contest but I want to tell you how much I love this event! My husband is a chef and he has been one of the judges for the past 6 or 7 years and I have always gotten to go and it is so fun! It’s like summer officially starts for me after the Marc’s Rib Coof off lol

  4. I love to grill the grass fed beef burgers we get from a local farmer. And chicken. And onions. Oh yes, and onions. Pro tip: Cut a vidalia onion in half (top & bottom) Put copious amounts of butter and fajita seasoning on it, wrap in foil, and throw in with the coals, (yes, right on the coals) until the onion is soft. Heaven, I tell ya!

  5. Chrissy

    Grilling in the summer is one of my favorite things to do! My favorite thing to grill is steak and chicken kabobs!

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