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Jun 25, 2008 09:39 AM

Don't forget, it's Ribfest this weekend!!

In Etobicoke, baby. Centennial park June 27 - July 1st

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  1. Has anyone been to this in the past few years? Worthwhile? I don't want to drive all the way up there for nothing.

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    1. re: paper_bag_princess

      Here's the review from last year:

      I don't think I'll find anything there that would top my recent trip to Kansas but decent ribs is still better than no ribs at all! I'm going to try the beef ribs (if available) this year since I couldn't score them last year. Just a hint if you're thinking of going, bring a few friends and have everyone line up at a different place and pick up a full rack of ribs. Then get together to share. The lineups are long so you may not feel like waiting 20 mins in line to sample each place.

      1. re: paper_bag_princess

        I've been every year for the last little while. it's definitely worth it if you like tender pork and sometimes beef ribs.
        The jack daniel ribs are always good.
        It doesn't top kansas, but it makes for a good group outing. Like fickle said, you can go tapas on the ribs

        1. re: paper_bag_princess

          Does anyone know how to get to Ribfest on the bus or subway from union station?
          I will be visiting this weekend and I don't know my way around at all..

          Thanks so much!!

          1. re: Nathalie

            Take the subway northbound on the University line to St George station, take the westbound subway to Royal York station, take the 48 Rathburn westbound bus to Centennial Park road, walk north on Centennial Park road, you should see a lot of cars and signs for the ribfest, it will be on the left hand side. Enjoy!

            1. re: fickle

              That's 45 min. or more. Plus a 10 minute walk.

        2. Thanks! I actually had forgotten.

          1. I'll be there shortly after opening friday. I found last year that this was the best time to go for 2 reasons, quality, and few people. The quality really makes the decision for me, as I could put up with the lines if I had to.

            1. Ribs at Ribfest are too darn expensive!! and I'm sure this year the prices will be even higher since everything has gone up in price,especially the price of gas.

              Ill admit that the ribs are good,but since this week is the long weekend I will be making my own at home.:)

              1. I hear full racks are almost $25 :(

                Anyone know, how is parking? I'm not familiar with the area

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                1. re: duckdown

                  Are you serious? I haven't been but I thought you would get small portions like half of a half rack....

                  1. re: paper_bag_princess

                    depends on how many different lines you want to wait in :)

                  2. re: duckdown

                    Haven't had any problems with parking at Centennial Park, it's very organized there. They'll direct you to whichever field has spots still available.

                    You can get full racks, half racks, third of a rack, with or without sides. Can't remember the price from last year but 20-25 sounds about right for a full rack.

                    1. re: fickle

                      Don't forget about pork shoulders, the pulled pork is the best. I usually only get a half rack of ribs, and then pulled pork, then extra ribs and more pulled pork to take home. And corn. And beans. And sweet potato...

                        1. re: Bobby Wham

                          Yeah pulled pork sandwiches are usually the best way to sample all of the different vendors offerings without breaking the bank since thye're usually $6 if I remember correctly

                          Maybe I'll see some fellow chow'ers there :)

                      1. re: duckdown

                        Went last year on July 1 and the parking was okay if you were willing to walk. Getting out of there after the fireworks was nuts though, it took a really long time.