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Jun 30, 2008 01:48 PM

Ontario Ribfests 2008

I think I made a mistake by linking to my blog earlier today and the post got deleted. I just wanted to share an amalgamated list of Ontario Ribfests with those who want the information. So here it is with no links:

Pickering: June 6 - 8
Niagara Falls: June 13 - 15
Ottawa: June 18 - 22
Gananoque: June 20 - 22
Bowmanville: June 27 - July 1
Toronto: June 27 - July 1
Timmins: June 27 - June 29
Peterborough: July 4-6
Barrie: July 10 - 13
Markham: July 11 - July 13
Sarnia: July 17-20
Mississauga: July 17-20
Kitchener: July 18 - 20
Uxbridge: July 18 - July 20
London: July 31 - August 4
St. Catharines: August 1-4
Scarborough: August 1 - 4
Brockville: August 8 - 10
Woodbridge: August 8-10
Quinte (Belleville): August 15 -17
Northumberland: August 15 -17
Newmarket: August 16
Guelph: August 22 - 24
Burlington: August 29 - September 1
Oshawa: September 5-7

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  1. This may be a stupid question, but are they all the same vendors at all ribfests in Ontario?

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    1. re: mlukan

      No. Many ribbers will attend multiple ribfests but it's never exactly the same vendors at all of them. Usually each has a web page you can check to see who the visiting ribbers are.

    2. There's another new one that is going on this weekend, in Uxbridge. This one isn't Rotary, it's Royal Canadian Legion.

      I checked it out last night, only 5 ribbers and long lines for all of them: Bad Wolf Barbecue, Gator BBQ, Memphis BBQ & Wicked Wings, Tennessee Fatbacks, Crazy Canuck BBQ. They had the same prices as they charge at the Rotary fests

      However, it doesn't have the exact same bunch of overpriced vendors that are on the Rotary tour (like the ridiculous $4 corn on the cob). What was different was the booth for all-you-can-eat salad (really!), and a farmer's market area with fresh local produce and pies for sale.

      1. I would just like to reiterate my now-annual complaint that the "Toronto" ribfest is actually in Etobicoke. Car-free downtowners like ribs too, you know! I weep when I think of the days when they had ribfests at the St. Lawrence Market area and the Distillery.... combined with a craft beer show one year, to boot. I loved it so much and then it never came back. Sigh.

        Surely this city can support one ribfest downtown each year... those who love parking lots have tons to choose from (Markham, Mississauga, Etobicoke, Burlington)... how 'bout one downtown for those who do not?

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        1. re: Gary

          While not right downtown - there is a Ribfest at the CNE for two weekends this August.

          2nd Annual CNE Ribfest
          August 15 to 17 & August 21 to 24, 2008; 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

          A succulent rib fest takes over Bandshell Park each of the first two weekends of the CNE. Ribbers from evribwhere won’t want to miss this fabulous feast as a multitude of rib masters compete to win "best rib recipe"!

        2. I want to know who the winner was for Ribfest Etobicoke this year.. I can't find the information anywhere

          1. London's ribfest rawks!!!

            Up to this year, it was held the same weekend as the Hot Air Balloon Festival...two great events in two downtown parks within easy walking distance....lots of eating, lots of drinking, lots of music and other fun stuff. Alas, the Hot Air Balloon Festival is no more...