Toronto Rib Fest 2009!


Canada Day Weekend ~  June 26 – July 1, 2009 ~ 11am – 10pm *

For Scarborough(July 31 – Aug 3.2009)  Ribfest Click here

It’s that time of year again where hungry travellers from far and wide gather at Centennial Park to enjoy  some live music, beer, and most importantly RIBS!

Celebrate this Canada Day weekend in Etobicoke to celebrate the 9th annual Toronto Ribfest where people of all ages can enjoy themselves with a number of great family attractions.

This year the Ribfest will again play host live music, ribs & beer tents,  carnival rides, candy floss, pony rides, rock climbing, and fireworks.  This is the first year that Ribfest has included an arts and crafts show that will be a ongoing feature for the next few years.

I’ll be going out with a group of friends this Saturday and I will be looking forward to sampling every Rib Tent on the park grounds.  So go out and enjoy the great outdoor party atmosphere and remember this event goes out to support many local charities organized on behalf of the Rotary Club of Etobicoke.

Hope to you all there and please don’t hesitate to share your stories and pictures with us.

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It was hot and sunny with a 100% chance of ribs and pulled pork that Saturday afternoon.  Ribfest 2009 was in town and my friends and I weren’t going to let this opportunity slip by without a taste.

So once you find your way to Centennial Park you’ll be greated with a long line up of cars and will be directed to park your car on the lawn of the school directly across the fair grounds.  Parking is free so that’s always a bonus.

There is no admission fee into the Ribfest but there is a voluntary donation you can make to the Rotary Club of Etobicoke which in turn you receive a environmentally friendly green canvass bag (good for carrying your boxes of ribs around).

There are some long lines at the food stations and some booths move faster than others so be prepared to wait a while.

On the menu at almost every food station was any combination of  ribs, pulled pork, and roasted chicken.  The popular choice among fellow meat lovers was the sampler platter which included all the selections!

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Average prices around the park

Half rack of ribs $15 – $17
Quarter chicken $15 – $17
Pulled pork  $13 – $15
Sampler combo (all three selections) $20 – $25

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With so many choices to choose from the consensus among our group was unanimous.  Billy Bones for pulled pork and roasted chicken were hands down the best but the best ribs of this Ribfest 2009 belonged to Crabby’s BBQ Shack.  Crabby’s BBQ Shack was by far the most flavourful, juicy, and tender.  The Crabby BBQ Shack  spicy BBQ sauce really packed a punch, so have your drinks ready.

All in all the Ribfest was a great way to spend the afternoon and if you get a chance to visit on Canada Day (last day) there will be some fireworks!


Toronto (Scarborough)  Ribfest – July 31 – August 3rd 2009)


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