If there is one staple event that Etobicoke can hang its hat on, it’s Toronto Ribfest. Don’t let the name fool you, this event is 100% Etobicoke-certified!
It’s hard to believe that this popular event is only 18 years old based on the huge crowds that it attracts. Toronto Ribfest hosts over 100,000 people over the Canada Day weekend. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, it’s astonishing that the event is run solely on the backs of volunteers. All proceeds from are put back into the community through charitable donations made by the Rotary Club.
For the uninitiated who wonder what Toronto Ribfest entails, well first and foremost it’s all about the Ribbers! Those men and women who come in from across Canada and the US bringing meat to feed the masses. Each year a ribber is crowned people’s favourite so be sure to vote. The number of ribbers participating in Toronto Ribfest this year has increased to 16 ribbers and they are:
• Hawgs Gone Wild
• Crabby’s BBQ
• Bad Wolf BBQ
• Camp 31 BBQ
• Bibbs BBQ
• Uncle Sam’s BBQ
• Gator BBQ
• Kentucky Smoke House BBQ
• Jack on the Bone BBQ
• Blazin BBQ
• Pistol Pete BBQ
• Horn Dawgs Smokin’ BBQ
• Silver Bullet BBQ
• Billy Bones BBQ
• Texas Rangers BBQ
• Sticky Fingers BBQ
If you’re not a rib-kind-of-person there are plenty of other things to indulge in from 20-plus food vendors such as pulled pork sandwiches, blooming onions, and kettle corn. There’s also beer. B-E-E-R! Entertainment-wise the main stage features musical acts for the entire four day event. Bring the kids too because there are games and rides-a-plenty in the Kidz Zone. Part of the celebration at Ribfest this year is the Ebola Relief Concert, PanAm Heroes Day, craft beer and cheese tasting, and a Wedding! Toronto Ribfest also features vendors selling all sorts of wares. Don’t forget the fireworks at 10pm on Canada Day, July 1st. Parking is free!
Basically, Toronto Ribfest is the perfect event! You have great “eats”, games and rides for the kids, musical guests, great weather, and RIBS! If you haven’t been I suggest you don’t miss it. And if you have been, well, then I know I’ll see you at this year’s Toronto Ribfest, in Etobicoke!
Toronto Ribfest: Where and When in Etobicoke…
|WHERE:||256 Centennial Park Road Etobicoke, ON M9C 5N3|
|WHEN:||Canada Day Weekend, Friday June 30 – Monday July 3 2017, 11am to 11pm|