(Crystal A. Proxmire, Feb. 1, 2012 edition)
The Rib Burn Out has been a signature event of the Ferndale Blues Festival for the past four years, and this year it’s expected to be better than ever.
Here’s how it works: People go to the big tent set up in the parking lot between Dino’s and the Library, pay $10, and sample ribs from eight different teams. Then they vote on which they like the best. The money raised goes to support the Michigan AIDS Coalition and the Ferndale Youth Assistance. The Burn Out takes place Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 starting at noon and rocking on past sunset.
So far seven teams are on Board: Marty O’Neil (State Farm Ferndale), Pro Home Improvement (Hilton rd.), Brian Crowe (Ferndale Resident), M-1 Studios w/ Blumz, Hungry Dudes Catering, Carrie DeGregory (ServPro, a Ferndale Business), Digger D’Angelo (BBQ enthusiast) and one TBD. Each team has their own style and flavor, some more spicy than others. The one with the most votes wins the People’s Choice Award, and there’s also a Team Spirit Award and a Judge’s Choice.
This year’s judging panel will include Detroit Red Wings alumni, and Chef Tom Keshishian of Dining in the D will be the Emcee. The Chris Brantley Band and The Reffermen will be providing the tunes as hundreds of people are expected to fill the tent.
Dean Bach, owner of Dino’s, said he created the event because “an outdoor event in the winter would be unique and fun and a BBQ would help keep thing warm, cozy and friendly.” And as the “upscale but not uptight” establishment approaches their ten year anniversary, the entrepreneur behind it is excited about the ever-growing number of events he’s able to take on. Bach is also on the DDA Board of Directors and their Promotions and Parking Committees, and was one of the coordinators behind the Downtown Ferndale Light the Night effort back at Christmastime.
MAC and FYA have been near and dear to Bach over the past decade of having a business in Ferndale. “I sat on the Board of Directors on MAC for 7 years. When I opened Dino’s I kind of adopted Ferndale Youth Assistance as a “favorite” because of the great things they do with Ferndale children and their families.”
He has high hopes for the Burn Out this year and is excited that the Bud Light Ferndale Blues and Music Festival is expanding the number of venues to 25 and adding more musical genres. He says the festival makes the city “the hip hop happening place in S.E. Michigan in January.”
“The YUMMIEST day of Winter this year,” as Bach says, is sponsored By Garden Fresh Salsa, Dino’s Lounge, Bud Light, and The Schwartz Organization. The festival itself happens because of the local businesses that get involved and buy sponsorships. Sponsors include: Bud Light, Blue Care Network, Suburban GMC, Garden Fresh Gourmet, Buffalo Wild Wings, Green Thumb Garden Center, Ferndale 115 News, Charter Twp. of Royal Oak Recreation Department, Urbane Life Online Magazine, 5 Start Outdoor, Danny’s Irish Pub, Soho, Torino Espresso Bar, Bosco, Max Dugan, Orchid, Fox Sports Detroit Girls, Howard Shiffman, and the Bar Downstairs.
Check out this video, made by M-1 Studios, and read more about the festival’s history and beneficiaries at https://oaklandcounty115.com/2012/01/06/charity-of-choice-2012-ferndale-blues-music-festival/. The official website for the Blues Festival is http://www.ferndalebluesfestival.org/. There you can find the most updated schedule of events.
Pictures from previous Rib Burn Outs –
As part of our Charity of Choice Program, The Ferndale 115 News combines fundraising efforts with a local group or project. We pick a new cause each month and we split the donations with the cause. We turn over 85% to the charity and keep 15% to help cover some of The Ferndale 115’s operating costs. Any donation, no matter how large or small, is appreciated. These are both grassroots community efforts that deserve, and depend on, the support of people like you.