Monarch of Meat

So much for those well-intentioned New Year's resolutions. Maybe just take a day off from your vegan, macrobiotic, alkaline, gluten-free juice cleanse to indulge in scouring the carcass of a delicious animal. The orgy of carnivorous decadence that is the fifth-annual King of Ribs Festival, presented by King of Foods, returns Saturday. Experience a full range of barbecue styles from across the country, including Coca-Cola barbecue, hickory-smoked, Caribbean jerk, and South Carolina sweet mustard sauce. There will also be jazz, food presentations, live music, and family activities to keep the kids occupied while you gnaw on rib bones. Or hang out playing bingo, board games, or cards while the kiddies live it up at the Festival's Kid's Corner, featuring face painting, musical chairs, and board games (volunteers supervise games and follow safety guidelines). Cultural exhibits and informational tables will also be present to highlight community events and activities. Salve your resolution-breaking conscience by reminding yourself that all of this caloric, cholesterol-filled merriment is to help support the Beautiful Gate Cancer Resource Center. A portion of the festival proceeds will be used to provide education and support services to breast cancer patients and survivors. The King of Ribs Festival will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. at Eucalyptus Gardens, 2430 NE 13th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $3 online or $5 at the gate. Children under 10 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Food and beverages are not included with the ticket price but are available for purchase at the festival. Visit
Sat., Jan. 11, 2-6 p.m., 2014
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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