Toronto Ribfest

Toronto Ribfest

June 29, 2012 09:07 ET

Toronto Ribfest Will Rock, Roll, Scare and Feed Over 200,000 People at Canada Day Party Rivaling Parliament Hill Crowds

Four-Day Food and Music Festival is Toronto's Best-Attended Charity Event

Rotary Food Initiative Hopes to Eradicate Child Hunger "Nutritiously" Across the GTA

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 29, 2012) - Canada Day long weekend is here and Toronto will show Ottawa's Parliament Hill how to party Hogtown style with its annual Toronto Ribfest. A contrast in styles to Ottawa's pomp and circumstance, Toronto Ribfest will see over 50,000 people a day rocking, eating, and having a great time in "the other" massive Canada Day weekend celebration.

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. And, the world-class haunted theatre is back -- built and run by at-risk youth and guaranteed to scare.

For families with kids, Toronto Ribfest offers a Kidz Zone with face painting, music and magic shows, an expanded midway and carnival, the Toronto Zoo with a camel, and Canada's ONLY Guinness World Record holding Illusionist.

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.

"It's inspiring to be able to use our Toronto Ribfest entrance to help local organizations and school groups raise money and awareness for child-centered food and nutrition programs," said Hugh Williams, Incoming President of the Rotary Club of Etobicoke. "Not only are we helping kids, but we're having a great time doing it."

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 29 - Monday July 2, 2012. 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.
The Illusionist: Lucas Wilson, Canada's ONLY Guinness World Record holding Illusionist!
The Runner's Mark Team UNBREAKABLE Rib Run in support of Mental Health awareness - CameronHelps is organizing a scenic trail run/walk in the city. Come for the run, stay for the ribs.
Heroes Day - July 2. "Celebrating the heroes in our lives", the day will feature special music along with presentations from armed forces and emergency services organizations.
Canada Day - July 1 - Start the day with a citizenship ceremony and end it with a massive evening of fireworks provided by the City of Toronto.
Haunted House, CarnEvil Manor - This isn't your average carnival, this is where the carnies, the clowns and all the distortions of nature live.... but they do not like to be disturbed. This world-class haunted theatre is built and run by at-risk youth.
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!
Don't forget the beer -- Toronto Ribfest is a licensed event. All profits from beverage sales go to support community organizations here and abroad.
Shaded Kidz Zone with face painting, clowns, and magicians as well as an expanded midway and carnival.
Single in the City singles event.
Rotary Day - The Rotary Club of Etobicoke is hosting a Rotary Day on Friday, June 29 featuring a celebration of Rotary in the world through music and presentations.
The Toronto Zoo with their animal friends.
Honda Indy Toronto will be showcasing their Indy Show-car.


Media passes are available for any day. Media can take a whirl in the Haunted Theatre, meet the organizers and of course, meet the ribbers and experience the smoke, sounds, tastes and smells.

About Toronto Ribfest

Over the past eleven years Toronto Ribfest has raised over $2.5 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.

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