Ribfest returns to Whitby this weekend

By

Published July 4, 2023 at 11:38 am

Via Sticky Fingers on Instagram.

Seven ribber food trucks and dozens of vendors are set to fill Victoria Fields Park this weekend for the return of Whitby Ribfest.

Each year the park welcomes 50,000 people over the weekend to Whitby’s largest outdoor event. The local Rotary Club and more than 125 volunteers organize have a dozen food trucks, numerous musical performances and tons of vendors for their marketplace.

The ribs themselves are supplied by some well-known names in the BBQ world from across North America. The first such BBQ master is Uncle Sam’s, founded in New Mexico in 1998.  “We use nothing but the best and freshest ingredients, and smoke only with cherry wood to get our signature taste,” they said.

Next there’s the Sticky Fingers BBQ company. Originally founded in Motley, Texas these grillers are now based out of  Zorra Township, Ontario. They’ve spent the last eight years on the Canadian Circuit and won several awards.

Third is Billy Bones, an outfit founded in 1976. According to them, “Legend has it that Billy Bones Barbeque learned to cook at the side of an ol’ gentleman on Central Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1966.” They’ve gone on to tour Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, and every State in the Union.

Another booth features Guelph Ontario’s Silver Bullet Bar B Q. Using recipes from the heart of Texas this team of BBQ enthusiasts said they’ve been grilling since childhood, with “the scars to prove it.”

Third is Billy Bones, an outfit founded in 1976. According to them, “Legend has it that Billy Bones Barbeque learned to cook at the side of an ol’ gentleman on Central Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1966.” They’ve gone on to tour Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, and every State in the Union.

Another booth features Guelph Ontario’s Silver Bullet Bar B Q. Using recipes from the heart of Texas this team of BBQ enthusiasts said they’ve been grilling since childhood, with “the scars to prove it.

New this year is Bone Daddy, a Fort Erie-based outfit known for using papaya extract as their secret marinade ingredient. They’ve been barbequing since 2013 and have since won hundreds of awards.

Last, but certainly not least, is HaWGs gone WILD BBQ TEAM. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida. They’ve toured the BBQ circuit for the last ten years winning 100 awards in the meantime.

In addition to some of the best grillers this side of the Atlantic, the Whitby Ribfest is set to feature numerous local musicians.

The festival runs all weekend starting Friday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

indurham's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising