10 Facts About Canada’s Largest Rib Fest


Here's a few bonus facts before we even get started. The Burlington Ribfest puts on the largest rib festival in Canada. Here are the details:

When: September 1st to 4th, 2023

  • Friday, September 1st – 11am to 11pm
  • Saturday, September 2nd – 11am to 11pm
  • Sunday, September 3rd – 11am to 11pm

Where: Spencer Smith Park - 1400 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, ON L7S 1Y2

Visit their website by clicking here

Now, let's get on with our list of 10 Facts About Canada's Largest Rib Fest

Why are they Canada's Largest Ribfest? There's a few metrics you can go by:

  • Record attendance in 2016 at 183,000 people.
  • 150,000 lbs. of ribs sold in the four-day event.
  • Typically, 18 "Ribber Teams" from across North America fight for their spot in the Ribfest.

Who are the teams and vendors in 2023? There’s a ton:

  • Brickyard BBQ - Good luck, friends!
  • Bibbs BBQ
  • Billy Bones BBQ
  • Bone Daddy’s BBQ
  • Camp 31 BBQ
  • Fat Boys BBQ
  • Crabby’s BBQ Shack
  • Hawgs Gone Wild BBQ
  • Memphis Blazin’ BBQ
  • Mississippi Smokehouse
  • Pistol Pete’s Smokehouse
  • Silver Bullet BBQ
  • Smokehouse Bandits
  • Sticky Fingers
  • Uncle Sam’s BBQ
  • Big Texas BBQ.

The admission fee is just $2. A steal of a deal if you ask us..

How much money has been donated by the Burlington Ribest? Close to $5 million have been raised for local community organizations and charities over the last 25 years.

Here's a list of 40 charitable organizations that last years proceeds went to: Burlington Counselling & Family Services, Burlington Food Bank, Burlington Humane Society, and more. Click here for the full list.

Where can you get VIP tickets? Click right here for them.

Are there gluten-free options? All ribbers will have gluten-free sauces to try.

What about vegetarian and vegan options? All of the vendors will have dietary considerations on their menu.

It's a Ribfest, but it's not just ribs. Your favourite festival staple foods will be there, like chicken, pulled pork, corn bread, donuts, corn, pizza, and more.

Is it cash only? Not completely. Most vendors accept all forms of payment, but some might only accept cash.

Are dogs allowed at the Ribfest? Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the Burlington Ribfest (only service animals are)

Prohibited items from the Ribfest. Skateboards, tents, oversized umbrellas, and staking the ground in anyway is strictly prohibited. Click here to learn more. 

Ok, that was 11 facts about the Burlington Ribfest - but just like ribs, the more the merrier. 

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