14th Annual Amacon Rotary Ribfest Set to Hit Mississauga


Are you hungry, Mississauga?

We hope your body is ready, because the 14th Annual Amacon Rotary Ribfest is set to hit Mississauga this week and it will, as always, offer hungry attendees a ton in the way of juicy, messy, sauce-soaked ribs.

This year's four-day event will kick off on Thursday, July 13 and wrap up on Sunday, July 16. Much like previous years, it will take over Celebration Square.

As far as vendors go—because we know you're going, first and foremost, for the food—you can purchase heaping plates of succulent ribs from Camp 31, Sticky Fingers BBQ & Company, Bibb's Texas BBQ, Gator BBQ, Silver Bullet Bar B Q, Pistol Pete's Smokehouse and more.

If you're not a huge fan of ribs (or just want to diversity your plate), other foods will be available. Some vendors will be offering pork ribs, while all ribbers will be serving chicken, coleslaw and baked beans. Some food vendors will offer Halal dishes, Asian street food, corn-on-the-cob, fries, blooming onions, doughnuts, funnel cakes, popcorn, ice cream and more.

Vegetarian guests can also purchase salads, spring rolls and fried pickles.

In terms of entertainment, attendees can check out performances by Eclectic Revival, Tater Vox and Chuck Jackson and the All Stars.

As for admission fees, the event is free to attend on Thursday and Sunday, but rotarians will be on hand to collect donations. On Friday and Saturday, admission is $2 per person and $5 for families. Proceeds will go to local charities.

Guests must purchase their food directly from the ribbers and the event will be largely cash-only (no credit or debit), so be sure to hit an ATM first (there will be several on site, if you need one).

To celebrate Canada 150 (the party doesn't end just because Canada's birthday is over), organizers are offering an interactive Mississauga Ribfest Scavenger Hunt app. The app, available on Google Play and in the App Store, allows users to play trivia and locate hidden features. Players may also be eligible to win prizes.

According to organizers, the app was developed as a part of the ON150 program and can be used by players long after Ribfest wraps up.

As far as other housekeeping details go, pets (other than service animals), bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, segways and hoverboards are not permitted within the event space. Smoking and vaping are also not permitted on Ribfest grounds.

Parking is available in the underground lot underneath City Hall and on streets that permit curbside parking.

For more information, click here.

Happy eating, everyone!

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