Photos by Scott Hobbs

In what just might be the most delicious event of the summer, The Waterfront District’s fifth annual Ribfest brings together Ribber teams from southern Ontario to compete for the title of Best Ribs. In the past four years, more than 20,000 people came out to get their fingers sticky and taste the mouth-watering fare, and with great musical guests, activities, and games for kids of all ages, and proceeds going directly back into the community, this year’s event promises to be even better. So come hungry, and don’t forget the wet naps!

Ribfest 101

When: August 26–28
Where: Park Avenue and Red River Road in OLG Casino parking lot
What’s up? Four “ribbers” coming in from southern Ontario who are competing for the best ribs
Headliners: Scott Skirving, Chris Krienke and Strawdawg, The Sensational Hot Rods, and Red River Rumble
Cost: Free to enter
What not to miss: Great ribs, great food, and great entertainment
The vibe: Energetic, fun, and very social
Where to stay: The Prince Arthur Hotel is just steps away
Food: Ribs, ribs, and more ribs (also a beer tent)
Memorable moments: Ribfest was nominated one of the Top 100 festivals in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario

Friday August 26
MAIN STAGE – Rock 94.3FM Night
12PM DJ Music
1PM Opening Ceremonies with Fox Island Drum Group
2PM Karaoke by Citywide
3PM Green Bank Trio
4PM In Denial
5PM Lush
6PM Cheap & Easy
7PM Hoolies
8:30PM The Sensational Hot Rods
10PM – 11pm Valente’s DJ Video Street Dance

Saturday August 27
MAIN STAGE – Country 105.3 Night
12PM DJ Music
1PM Karaoke by Citywide
2PM JC Wilkinson
3PM James Boraski
4PM Tea Time Drive
5PM Plan B
6PM Dave and the Petrash’s
7PM Chris Krienke and Strawdawg
8:30 PM Scott Skirving Band – Home Coming CD Release
10 -11PM Valente’s DJ Video Street Dance

Sunday August 28
MAIN STAGE – Family Entertainment
11:00 AM – 2:00PM Applauze Productions
2:00 PM Local Rib Contest Sponsored by : Rock 94 & OLG Casino
2:30 – 4:00 PM Applauze Product
4:00 PM Best Ribs and People’s Choice Ward Sponsored by: Recreation World and Country 105
5:00 PM Our Kids Count 50/50 prize draws