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July 19-21, 2019
Victoria Park

Friday noon-10pm
Saturday noon-10pm
Sunday noon-6pm







Ontario’s Top BBQ and Beer Event at the Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show






Below are answers to the most often asked questions.  If you have another question, please email info at

Not sure how to get to Victoria Park? Click HERE

Q: How does the sampling work?
A: To sample you must purchase a wristband for $6.  The wristband is good for the entire weekend.  We will give you a souvenir sample glass or you can re-use the glass you purchased in a previous year.  5oz samples cost $2 each.

Q: Are people under 19 allowed in?
A: Because the event involves alcohol, people under the age of 19 will be admitted only if they are accompanied by an adult - ie. their parents, not their 20 year old friend.

Q: What does the food cost?
A: There is a variety of food to purchase.  The main item of course is ribs and chicken.  Prices range from $7 for a pulled pork sandwich to $22 for a full rack.  We also have bbq'd corn on the cob, pretzels, ice cream, kettle korn, waffles, colossal onion and cotton candy.

Q: Can we bring our dog / pet into the event?
A: No.  The event is very crowded and also involves food so please leave your pets at home.


Q: Can I smoke at Ribfest?

A: Due to changes in the Smoke Free Ontario Act, the entire Ribfest site is smoke free. You are welcome to step outside the fenced area to smoke.


Q: Is there somewhere to park by bike?

A: Yes! We have a FREE BikeCheck area, operated by the City of Kitchener. This allows you to park your bike in a safe and secure location while you attend Ribfest. Remember, it is illegal to drink and bike so please be responsible.

Q: Where can I park?
A: The best bet is either cab or public transit.  This will avoid any chance of drinking and driving.  If you are not drinking and decide to drive there are several city owned lots within a 5-10 walk.  Click HERE to see a map of parking lots in the downtown or click HERE to see parking lot details.

Q: How many different beers will there be to sample?
A: There are 20 breweries with over 60 different brands available for sampling.

Q: Is there anything other than beer?
A: Yes, there is one cooler company and one cider company on hand as well as non-alcoholic drinks - water, pop and lemonade.

Q: Is the event wheelchair accessible?
A: Yes.

Q: What happens if it rains?
A: The event goes rain or shine so if there is the potential for rain, you may want to bring an umbrella.


Q: What do the kids activities cost?

A: Each play is one ticket. Tickets cost - 1 for $3, 4 for $10, 10 for $20 or an all day wristband for $20. If you return the next day still wearing the wristband, you get a new one for half price.


Q: What am I allowed to bring in?

A: Feel free to bring a water bottle, umbrella, or chairs for your comfort. And enjoy!


The Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show is produced and managed by Impact Events Group Inc.


For General Enquiries, Guy Exley, Event Manager:
info at