2018 Ontario Ribfest Season – Find An Event Near You

Cities around Ontario will welcome the best rib vendors


Get ready to dig in to some of the tastiest ribs in town! It’s summer and that means Ontario Ribfest is returning for another season of weekend festivals.

Beginning in June, Ribfest will take place almost every weekend until September in cities throughout the province. Several of these carnivorous festivals will take place near Sun RV resort locations in Ontario.

But what is a ribfest? Ribfests are family-friendly events dedicated to some of the best rib vendors in the province. Here, grillmasters showcase their talents through weekend competitions. From live entertainment to various foods, beverages, and vendors, each Ribfest is packed with new things to taste and experience.

If you’re a rib connoisseur, you’ll know exactly what to get when attending a Ribfest. You may even have a favorite vendor. For those who don’t know much about ribs or Ribfests, here are a few tips to know when looking for the perfect ribs.

  • Pork Ribs vs. Beef Ribs: Pork ribs are the “classic” ribs to purchase at Ribfests, and every rib vendor will sell this type. Compared to beef ribs, pork ribs are lower in price and have smaller bones.
  • Type of Wood: Different vendors will smoke and cook their ribs on different types of wood, which influences the flavor of the ribs. Ask the vendor which type of wood is used to smoke and cook their ribs, so you can find your favorite flavor.
  • Customize Your Ribs: If you like your ribs extra saucy, don’t be afraid to ask for more sauce. Be sure to try out different sauces, depending on your spice tolerance. You can also get your ribs without sauce or cooked extra-long, all depending on your preference.

Now that you’re ready for Ontario Ribfest, here’s your guide to the best events to visit this summer!

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Ottawa Ribfest – June 20-24

In the capital city of Canada, you can sample saucy ribs and butterbeer while listening to live music at Ottawa Ribfest.

Nearby Resort: Pickerel Park RV Resort & Campground

Oakville Family Ribfest – June 22-24

The perfect kid-friendly event, Oakville Family Ribfest features a kids play zone, an amusement park, crafts, and plenty of ribs.

Nearby Resort: Gulliver’s Lake RV Resort & Campground

Whitby Ribfest – July 6-8

Pulled pork, chicken, and ribs are just the start at the Whitby Ribfest. A full midway and outstanding entertainment awaits the entire family.

Nearby Resort: Gulliver’s Lake RV Resort & Campground

Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show – July 20-22

Savory ribs meet satisfying brews at the Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show. Admission is free, but optional donations to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region are accepted!

Nearby Resort: Willow Lake RV Resort & Campground

St. Catharines Rotary Ribfest – August 3-6

One of the biggest festivals in Niagara, the St. Catharines Rotary Ribfest will feature crafters, vendors, and incredible eats.

Nearby Resort: Sherkston Shores Beach Resort & Campground

Canada’s Largest Ribfest – August 31- September 3

Celebrate Labour Day the right way at Canada’s Largest Ribfest in Burlington, Ontario. Dive into delectable ribs, listen to live music, and check out the Emerging Artist Showcase to hear from Ontario’s up-and-coming influencers.

Nearby Resort: Grand Oaks RV Resort & Campground

Whether you’re indulging in BBQ or relaxing at your resort, you’re sure to have a great time during your Ontario vacation.

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