Getting Ready for BBQ Season

Summer is just around the corner, and what better way to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather than firing up the grill for a delicious BBQ, BOY are we ready!! 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!

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get ready for your BBQ season and make the most out of the upcoming Rotary Ribfest.

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Plan Your Menu

First things first, you need to plan your menu. Whether you’re hosting a small family gathering or a big neighbourhood block party, you want to make sure you have enough food for everyone. Think about what kind of meat you want to grill – ribs, burgers, hot dogs, chicken, or maybe even some veggies. Make a list of all the ingredients you need and hit the grocery store.

If you’re attending the Ribfest, you’re in for a treat! The event will feature some of the best ribbers of Alberta, serving up mouth-watering ribs! Be sure to check out the list of ribbers attending the event, so you know which booths to visit first. All listed here.

Get Your Grill Ready for BBQ Season

Before you start grilling, you need to make sure your grill is clean and in good working condition. Remove any leftover debris from previous grilling sessions and give the grates a good scrub. If you have a gas grill, check the propane tank, hoses and/or gas-line to make sure everything is in working order.

If you’re attending the Ribfest, you don’t have to worry about bringing your own grill. The event will have plenty of grills and smokers for the ribbers to use, so all you have to do is show up and enjoy the food.

Create a Cozy Atmosphere

No BBQ is complete without a cozy atmosphere. Set up some comfortable seating, outdoor lighting and maybe even some music to create the perfect ambiance. If you have a backyard, set up some games like cornhole or horseshoes for some friendly competition.

At the Ribfest, you can expect a fun and lively atmosphere with live music, entertainment, and dancing (for all ages)! Bring yourself and your appetite and get ready to have a great time!

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Don’t Forget the Drinks & Desserts

No BBQ is complete without refreshing drinks and delicious desserts. Stock up on your favourite beverages, whether it’s beer, wine, or soda, and don’t forget to have plenty of ice on hand. For desserts, think about easy-to-make options like ice cream, fruit salad, or s’mores.

At the Ribfest, you’ll have a few options for drinks and other treats. There will be a beer truck (Village), local vendors and a few food trucks.

So now you’re all set to get ready for a BBQ! Planning, preparation and creating a cozy space to hold your BBQ and gather with friends and family. With the 2023 Rotary Ribfest just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start getting excited for a fun-filled weekend of great ribs, live music, and entertainment. Parking and entry to the event are FREE and is accessible via LRT! See you soon YYC!