Goodbye Rib Fest, hello Brat Blast, a food fest for a good cause

Photo of a party at a brewery

Farewell Rib Fest, even after 30 years, we hardly knew ye. The beloved meat-centric event was retired after the cost of putting on the event became too great. The Northeast Exchange Club isn’t leaving the Burg without a special foodie event though. Introducing Brat Blast at 3 Daughters Brewing.

Yes, this event will be slightly smaller and a bit more tame than Rib Fest, but it’s all for a good cause. On November 10, people can visit 3 Daughters Brewing (222 22nd Street South) from noon to 6pm for a free brat, beer or soda, and chips. Proceeds from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties to rebuild a Veteran’s home. Entry to the event run from $8 in advance, and $10 at the door.

Rebuilding a Veteran’s home

Veteran Jeff Dentry worked in the medical field for more than twenty years. Three years ago, he started to experience symptoms that lead to a diagnoses of ALS.

This illness has led to Jeff losing his job, and the primary income for his family.

“We know there is no way we could leave our home; we’ve been here for almost 20 years. This was very stressful until we learned about Habitat for Humanity’s Home Repair Program,” Dentry told Habitat for Humanity.

The Dentry Family is relieved to be able to stay in their home after being accepted into the Home Repair Program in partnership with the Northeast Exchange Club and its Brat Blast event. Through the program, they will be able to receive a new roof and ADA modifications, such as a ramp and bathroom upgrades, that will make the home safer and more comfortable for Jeff and his family.

Organization raises millions for a good cause

Over the course of its three-decade run, Rib Fest raised nearly $4.5 million, according to a report by the Tampa Bay Times.

Brat Blast will feature live music, a car show, and games for the public to enjoy. Click HERE to purchase advance tickets. You can keep up with all the Brat Blast news by visiting the event page.

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