September 8 - 10, 2023
Fri-Sat 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-7pm
Check out the food and festivities at Ribfest
A modern-day meat brigade! The best ribbers in town are coming together to serve your favourite meats this summer. Dine at the best barbecue in Calgary with some cold beer, live entertainment, Artisan (vendor alley), 50/50, silent auction, children's fun zone and more! Enjoy delicious ribs hot off the rack with your kids in the family area! If you love giving back, eating well, and spending time with your family, this is the event for you. With free parking and free entry, there isn’t anything standing in your way! Once again the festival has free parking and is free to enter! Is there anything better than a warm summer day spent near the grill? We think not. And we want to share the sticky season with you, Calgary! All donation proceeds go towards the 4 Rotary Clubs of Calgary who, in turn, donate to charities supporting mental health and wellness in our community. Good food for a good cause, this is meat you can feel good about. Three examples of charities we have supported are CUPS, I Can For Kids and It's A Crime Not to Read.
50/50: This years 2023 Rotary Ribfest WINNER is taking home $5,552.50. The winning ticket is #B21735! Please claim by Sept 30th 11:59pm. Reach out via social media or email info@chinookrotary.OTF
Meet our amazing charities that we will be supporting at this year's YYC Rotary Ribfest!
Through integrated programs and services, CUPS builds resilient lives for Calgarians facing the challenges of poverty and trauma.
Learn more here!
A non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness among pregnant women and youth.
Learn more here!
I Can for Kids
Supporting a dignified and evidence-based approach to help alleviate childhood food insecurity. The generous support of their amazing donors enables I Can For Kids to deliver a grocery gift card program to thousands of food-insecure children and families each year.
Learn more here!
Brought to you by the Rotary Clubs of Calgary Chinook, Calgary East and Calgary Centennial, the University of Calgary Roteract Club and the Roteract United Club.
A proud non-profit global service organization with 4 of the 13 clubs in Calgary and the area working together, we are thrilled to bring you Ribfest and continue to connect Calgarians and build stronger communities.
The Rotary Club members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. The heart of Rotary is its local Clubs, which bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas and build relationships. Clubs are supported by The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of members and partners around the world, and Rotary International, which coordinates global programs and initiatives.
2023 50/50 Results
This year's 2023 Rotary Ribfest Winner is taking home $5,552.59.
The winning ticket is #B21735. Please claim by Sept 30th 11:50pm.
Reach out via social media or email email@example.com.
How The Festival Works
Once you arrive, follow the signs to line up for delicious BBQ. We can't wait to see you!
1. Come off Crowchild to McMahon Stadium and park in the North parking lot. Parking is free!!
2. Walk across to the South lot to the Rotary Ribfest YYC entrance. Admission is free!
3. Volunteers will provide information and offer the opportunity to donate to Rotary, and purchase a 50/50 ticket.
4. Find the beer gardens for a nice cold beverage.
5. Pick your favourite rib truck (or try all four)!
6. Find a seat and enjoy your meal along with the great live music.
7. Tell your friends and post on our social media.
Meet The Ribbers
Cooked on cherry wood, low and slow, we've got an incredible selection of vendors for the whole family to enjoy. All of your ribs have been slow-cooked for 5 hours, and your pulled pork for 14 hours. So yes... it's that good.
Meet the Judges
On Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm please join us as our amazing panel of Celebrity Judges completes a fun taste test competition to see who really has the best ribs, chicken and sauce. We will award our 2023 Rotary Ribfest YYC trophies to the winning rib truck teams.
Thanks to CJAY92's Jesse and JD, Rob Cote and JayMcNeil, Justin and Randy from Wild95.3 and one of sponsors from Sun Spas!
Meet the Bands
Our emcee for the festival is Ruth Ferguson, from Always Entertaining (https://alwaysentertaining.yolasite.com) and the DJ is Eric Fryer from DJ Calgary (www.djcalgary.com).
See them at the REMAX stage the entire weekend!
Meet the Food Trucks and Our Vendors
We are SO happy to have some tasty treats served from the YYC Food Trucks – they’ll be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. In addition, take a few minutes to stroll through our Artisan Alley and learn more about the local goods and service providers listed in the drop down menu below.
Rotary’s commitment to supporting local is exemplified by incorporating local vendors at Ribfest, making the event not only a celebration of good food, but also a testament to the spirit of community and support.
We are looking for local artisans who want to showcase their goods and/or services at Ribfest! Please contact Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.The Artisan Alley
Fresh bubble milk tea and juice!Food Truck
In the mystical realm of Southern Alberta, a brilliant culinary enchantress embarked on a quest to concoct a magnificent collection of salsas that would captivate taste buds and ignite the senses. With her magic, she crafted an extraordinary septet of flavors that forever transformed the world of salsa!The Artisan Alley
Cookie Dough Stand is a family created and operated, award winning company that has taken Alberta by storm with marvellously tasty edible cookie dough!Food Truck
Bring the love of woodworking to your home with beautiful, handcrafted furniture and décor. The do-it-yourself workshops allow to complete the Rusted Petal projects with their guidance and no experience is necessary.The Artisan Alley
A selection of hot sauces using Scotch bonnet peppers. They are an amazing variety of pepper known for their intense heat and fruity flavor. The best things about them are their unique flavor profile, their versatility in cooking and their health benefits.The Artisan Alley
Hand-made jewellery reminiscent of the bright, bold and beautiful colours of the Founder & CEO’s homeland, Jamaica. Her career in fashion has motivated her to design a collection that represents all of her past and present inspirations.The Artisan Alley
Family-owned company with quality firewood for indoors or outdoors. We have smoking wood for smokers, and pizza ovens as well as pellets and pellet grills.The Artisan Alley
Using machines designed in 1948, they make “Those Little Donuts”, the best little donuts around. You know, the ones you can’t leave the fair without buying a bag or three of.YYC Food Trucks
Reusable containers to keep your food fresh and your kitchen organized.The Artisan Alley
Be sure to check out our Ribfest blog! We'll be adding tips to get you through the summer as well as behind the scenes for our upcoming Rotary Ribfest YYC event in September 2023.
Getting Ready for BBQ Season
With the hot weather in Calgary and in preparation for our Rotary YYC Ribfest coming in September, it’s time to start getting grill-ready!
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We can’t wait to bring back our regular Ribfest festival in 2023, complete with beer gardens and bands in addition to these great ribbers!