Toronto Ribfest

Toronto Ribfest

June 24, 2013 11:36 ET

Toronto Ribfest-200,000 People Gettin' Messy at Canada Day Weekend-Long Party Designed to Eradicate Child Hunger Nutritiously

Four-Day Food and Music Festival Is Toronto's Largest Charity Event

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 24, 2013) - This coming Canada Day long weekend, Toronto will show Ottawa's Parliament Hill how to party Hogtown style with its annual Toronto Ribfest. The undisputed champion of Ribfests, and the biggest event of its kind in Canada, the Toronto Ribfest will see over 50,000 people a day getting messy and having a great time for a good cause.

Organized by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, Toronto Ribfest is the meat-lover's culinary event of the year as attendees will watch in awe as 16 of the best BBQ masters in the land (12 teams from Ontario) compete for bragging rights for the "best ribs". Attendees will also enjoy two professional stages with live bands and high-calibre entertainment.

For families with kids, Toronto Ribfest offers a Kidz Zone with face painting, music and magic shows, and an expanded midway and carnival.

The annual rib-rocking event will continue its ambitious Rotary Food Initiative with a goal to eradicate child hunger nutritiously and promote food security in Toronto. Attendees will be asked for a $2 donation for admission. The theme of the festival is ending child hunger.

"Toronto Ribfest is the most fun you'll ever have for a good cause," said Hugh Williams, President of the Rotary Club of Etobicoke. "Each year we hope to raise money and awareness for child food and nutrition programs. This year we've added a child hunger relief concert. Not only are we helping kids, but we're having a great time doing it."

Rib fans are invited to attend Toronto Sounds of Summer, a special child hunger relief musical event on Thursday June 27th. Featuring the sounds Jersey Boys, Four Seasons, the Beach Boys, Rascals, and more this new night before Ribfest event will be hosted at Centennial Park and cost only $12.

In addition to funds raised at the gate for local food programs, Rotary event organizers hope to raise close to $250,000 for the many community and international organizations and projects the club supports.

WHAT: Toronto Ribfest Food and Music Festival
WHERE: Centennial Park Toronto
WHEN: Friday June 28 - Monday July 1, 2013. 11:00 am - 11:00 pm


  • "Rotary Food Initiative" - Attendance and parking are free, however, attendees will be asked for a donation to support food programs for children.
  • Toronto Sounds of Summer (SOS) Child Hunger Relief Concert- Thursday night - before Ribfest opens!. June 27, 2013. A partnership with the city's schools and food security organizations. All funds to help end child hunger - nutritiously in Toronto. Tickets here!
  • Heroes Day -Sunday, June 30 watch for all kinds of special events as we celebrate "Heroes Day" at Toronto Ribfest. The day will feature special music along with presentations from armed forces and emergency services organizations.
  • FOOD, FOOD FOOD - Ribs are only part of the experience. BBQ masters will be wheeling out the finest pulled pork, baked beans and freshly squeezed lemonade imaginable. Vendors will serve up all kinds of carnival fare. And, for more healthy choices, there's a Farmer's Market just beside the Main Entrance and halal foods.
  • Through an alliance with UPak, for the first time ever, 0% of Toronto Ribfest waste is going to landfill this year.
  • Don't forget the beer -- Toronto Ribfest is a licensed event. All profits from beverage sales go to support community organizations here and abroad.
  • Canada Day - July 1. Fireworks will light up the sky. Watch the spectacle and listen to inspiring music throughout the park as you celebrate Canada`s birthday.
  • Shaded Kidz Zone with face painting, clowns, and magicians as well as an expanded midway and carnival.
  • Volunteers - Toronto Ribfest fills 1000 4-hour shifts to implement a successful event. We could really use your help to put on a great event! Click here for the online volunteer registration.


Media passes are available for any day. Media can meet the ribbers and experience the smoke, sounds, tastes and smells.

About Toronto Ribfest

Over the past 14 years Toronto Ribfest has raised over $3 million dollars. ALL proceeds raised from this terrific event go directly to supporting important community needs and organizations via the Rotary Club of Etobicoke. Toronto Ribfest would not be possible without the dedication of hundreds of community volunteers who this year will contribute over 6,000 volunteer hours to make this event possible.

Go to for all the details, entertainment schedule, and more.

About the Rotary Food Initiative

Under this theme, we hope to help them end child hunger and help "grow" a healthy generation. Second Harvest, North York Harvest, the Toronto District School Board, LAMP CHC, Stonegate Community Health Centre, Salvation Army and PACT have partnered with the Rotary Club of Etobicoke to raise money and awareness for child food programs in the city.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact Information
    Terance Brouse
    Senior Public Relations Associate
    (647) 274-5249