Burlington ribfest returns Labour Day

Published September 4, 2020 at 9:26 pm

The format is a little different, but that doesn’t mean the ribs will be any less tasty.

The format is a little different, but that doesn’t mean the ribs will be any less tasty.

Canada’s Largest Ribfest – the one that put Burlington on the finger-food map – won’t be held as usual at Spencer Smith Park this long weekend, but on Labour Day, Sept. 7, a drive-through version will take place.

Presented by Rotary Burlington Lakeshore as a major fundraising event since 1995, the 2020 version will allow customers to line-up by vehicle at the Burlington Centre parking lot, order the ribs, have them cooked and brought to you while you wait. This scaled-down version of the ribfest is due to COVID and all necessary precautions are in place.

“We are excited to keep our Labour Day tradition of delivering delicious ribs and fantastic entertainment alive during these challenging times,” said Brent Paszt, a past president of Burlington Lakeshore Rotary and co-chair of the event.

Four award winning rib teams will be cooking including Camp 31 BBQ, Billy Bones BBQ, Pistol Pete’s Smokehouse and Silver Bullet BBQ. There will also be food offering from East Side Mario’s and Blaze Pizza, Twisted Tomato, Tiny Tom Donuts and Ontario Corn Roasters. Live bands will also be on hand to entertain while you eat.

From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. customers can line up along the Fairview St. entrance and remain in their vehicle for the duration. Food vendors will take orders and payment (cards preferred) and will deliver each completed order to the vehicle. Gloves and masks will be worn by everyone working the event.

Earlier this summer the Rotary rolled out an initial run for the ribfest and 3,000 vehicles showed up. This time more are expected.

“Cancelling our long weekend event that attracts upwards of 175,000 guests was a huge disappointment and really impacted our ability to support those charities and individuals who need it most, now more than ever,” said Rotary Lakeshore Burlington President Jay Thomblison. “Proceeds from this event, along with those generated for our successful inaugural Canada Day drive-through, will enable us to continue that support.”

This link will take you to the menu items so that you can pick your food in advance: canadaslargestribfest.com

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