July 17-19, 2020 in Victoria Park, Kitchener
The Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show is an annual, three-day festival which takes place in Victoria Park in July. 2020 marks the 17th anniversary of this great community event, bringing people together to savour the flavours of summer.
Enjoy award-winning barbecued ribs, chicken and pulled pork along with other tasty food options like wood-fired pizza, funnel cakes, pretzels, corn, and more. Attendees can also sample dozens of brews from Ontario-craft brewers when they purchase a wristband that can be used all weekend long (comes with a souvenir glass), and sampling tokens. From cider to spirits other non-beer alternatives are offered, along with non-alcoholic drinks such as water, pop and lemonade.
There’s also family-friendly entertainment all weekend long with live bands performing throughout and a Kids’ Fun Zone presented by Grand River Inflatables.
Admission is free, but donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region are accepted and encouraged at the gate; since 2008, the event has raised over $70,000 and collected over 14,000 pounds of food. Attendees also have the option of purchasing a VIP ticket. This ticket grants access to several perks, including wait staff that will make purchases in order to avoid lines, a separate entrance and exit, and a VIP tent and patio.
The Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show has partnered with Bikecheck by City of Kitchener so attendees can leave their bike safe and secure while enjoying the event as well as with the University of Waterloo Men’s and Women’s Rugby Teams to provide team funding in exchange for volunteer work at the show. The event has also implemented a Green Management program, which diverted 74% of public waste from landfills in 2019.
Enjoy all that the Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show has to offer in 2020! Bring your friends, family, and co-workers and savour the flavour.