Drive-thru Ribfest coming to Mississauga this month


Published October 5, 2020 at 9:01 pm


Almost every highly-anticipated summer festival was cancelled, postponed or digitalized due to COVID-19, leaving Mississauga residents bereft of the experiences that make summer all the more exciting.

But while this past summer was, in many ways, a disappointing one, it looks like residents can still enjoy a popular warm-weather event this fall. 

The Rotary Clubs of Mississauga and Mississauga West recently announced Mississauga’s first-ever Drive-Thru Ribfest, a two-day event that will be held at Erin Mills Town Centre on Oct. 17 and 18 from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm each day.

The annual Ribfest, which was originally slated to take place at Memorial Park, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions on public gatherings.

“We are very excited to bring Ribfest back for the residents of Mississauga in a new and exciting set-up that protects the health and safety of all the families in our community,” said Lucie Shaw, this year’s event chair, in a statement. 

“Strong measures are being taken to ensure the safety of both our guests and volunteers.”

Organizers say the 17th annual Mississauga Rotary Ribfest will feature four well-known ribbers who will be offering ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket and sausages. The event will also feature Ontario Corn Roasters and Tiny Tom’s doughnuts. 

The ribbers include Billy Bones BBQ, Camp 31, Uncle Sam’s and Pistol Pete’s. 

As for how it will work, the Ribfest Drive-Thru will be located in the upper-level parking lot near Hudson’s Bay and Tim Horton’s. Cars will enter through an entrance across from HomeSense to line up. At the entrance, visitors will be handed a menu and given the opportunity to order from their ribber of choice.

The occupants of the first 50 cars who arrive each day will also have an opportunity to Spin & Win for a chance to win over $1,000 in Erin Mills Town Centre gift card prizes.

A charitable entry fee of $4 will be added for the benefit of Trillium Health Partners (THP), Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre.

Organizers say there will be an official opening celebration with city officials, sponsors and THP staff at 10:30 am on Oct. 17 in front of Camp 31 BBQ. Organizers say that proceeds from the event will go to support the Trillium Health Partners Foundation, adding that Ribfest will be donating 200 meals to front line workers at the hospitals.

All first responders and THP staff will be eligible for a 10 per cent discount.

As far as safety goes, participants are asked to refrain from getting out of their vehicles at any time. 

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Photos courtesy of Mississauga Rotary Ribfest

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