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Pig Day In Ottawa

This is my entry for Graham’s monthly photography hunt. The theme for July is “food“.

Ottawa\'s Ribfest

Every year, Sparks Street in downtown Ottawa is smokin’ hot. For five days in June, about twenty teams from Canada and the United States compete for the top rank of best rib choice, best rib sauce, best chicken choice and best chicken sauce.

The flashy trailers are lined up from Elgin street to Kent street, in one of Ottawa’s busiest pedestrian street, in the heart of the business district. Line-ups are long but worth the wait.

All the vendors are part of a summer circuit of cities and they all pride themselves in selling traditional Southern BBQ: ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken, beans and coleslaw — your usual vegetarian nightmare. Each trailer boasts numerous trophies on display out front, and man-size banners overhead proclaiming their meat superiority, as well as some country pride: the Texas lone star, the Canadian flag etc.

Damn, the pulled-pork sandwich was good.

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