Even a drenching downpour over the lunch hour yesterday couldn’t dampen the appetites of some barbecue lovers, who lined up with their umbrellas on Sparks Street for the 19th annual International Chicken-Rib Cook-Off.

Chris Hayduk-Costa, a volunteer with the Sticky Fingers Brigade, said that despite the weather he’d been busy distributing wet naps to help diners clean up.

“So far we’ve given out something like 6,000 wet naps and that’s just in two days,” he said. “So an earthquake yesterday, torrential rains today, and people don’t care and we’re still doing well.”

The wet naps are handed out in return for donations to the Children’s Wish Foundation.

The festival attracts elite barbecue teams from Canada and the United States every year to compete for the top honours for best rib choice, best rib sauce, best chicken choice and best chicken sauce. The winners will be announced at 3 pm on Sunday.

The Chicken-Rib Cook-off goes continues all weekend until Sunday at 6 pm.