Festival FAQs

1. When are you open?

Labour Day Weekend at Spencer Smith Park

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

Monday, September 4th – 11am to 7pm

2. Park Map

Click here for festival map

3. What is the cost of admission?

Festival admission is $2.00, children 12 and under are free.

4. How do I best support Rotary?

Canada’s Largest Ribfest is Burlington’s premier fundraising event proudly organized by Rotary Burlington Lakeshore. Funds raised at Ribfest support countless programs. You can help us give back to the community by mailing a cheque to: Rotary Burlington Lakeshore, P.O. Box 85103, Burlington, ON, L7R 4K3

1. Do vendors accept Debit or Credit cards?

Yes, they accept cash, debit, and credit.

2. Who are the rib teams and vendors?

  • Bibbs BBQ
  • Billy Bones BBQ
  • Bone Daddy’s BBQ
  • Brickyard 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

3. Are there any gluten-free rib options?

All ribbers have gluten-free sauces.

4. Are there vegetarian/vegan foods available?

All of the vendors have vegetarian items on their menus.

5. What other kinds of foods are available in addition to ribs?

Chicken, pulled pork, corn bread, donuts, corn, pizza, and more…

6. Who supplies the ribs?


7. Who won the rib judging contest in 2019?

The award for BEST CHICKEN goes to: 3rd – Brickyard  BBQ; 2nd – Fat Boys BBQ; 1st – Camp 31 BBQ 

The award for BEST SAUCE goes to: 3rd -Sticky Fingers; 2nd – Gator BBQ; 1st – Fat Boys BBQ

The award for BEST RIBS goes to: 3rd – Billy Bones BBQ; 2nd – Hawgs Gone Wild BBQ; 1st – Sticky Fingers

8. I’m interested in being a vendor. Where do I apply?

Vendor applications are invitation only.

1. What bands are playing, and when?

Visit our entertainment to see the our line up on the Gem Limousine stage

2. I’m interested in being an entertainer. Where can I apply?

Applications are now closed for 2023! Please check back in the Fall for our 2024 festival.

3. I’m interested in being part of the Emerging Artists Showcase. When can I apply?

Applications for our Emerging Artists Showcase open in the Spring. Check back on our website then for more info.