Guelph Ribfest returning as a drive-thru format in August

About the only smoke rising into the sky on Saturday in Kelowna was at Ribfest in City Park, where plenty of barbecue-style food was being cooked. Here, Victor McDonald of London, Ont., slathers on the barbecue sauce. Global News

The Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium says its annual Ribfest is returning in August as a drive-thru format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will be held in the parking lot at Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute on College Avenue Aug. 27-29.

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Last year’s Ribfest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic with organizers saying then it would be impossible to separate such a large crowd.

The drive-thru allows guests to be physically distanced and it is compliant with public health orders.

“As much as we’d love to host a traditional event, we’re just not ready yet,” organizers said in a post on Facebook.

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The three ribbers that will be on-site throughout the weekend are Billy Bones BBQ from Port Colborne, Silver Bullet BBQ from Guelph and Boss Hogs BBQ from London.

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Ribfest will be running from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29.

There is no entry fee but donations are being accepted by the Rotary Club for local charities.


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