Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently asked Questions about Ribfest
WHEN IS RIBFEST OPEN?
June 21 – 23, 2019 (rain or shine)
Friday: 4 pm -11 pm / Saturday: 11 am – 11 pm / Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm.
WHO ORGANIZES THE OAKVILLE FAMILY RIBFEST?
The Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar organizes and hosts the Ribfest every year.
WHAT IS THE COST OF ADMISSION?
Admission is $2. Donations are welcome, as Ribfest is a charitable fundraiser run by Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar (RCOT).
DO RIBBERS, BEER TENTS OR VENDORS ACCEPT CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS?
No. All sales at Ribfest are CASH ONLY. There is an ATM on-site
CAN I BRING MY DOG OR OTHER PET?
Pets are prohibited in the event area due to the large crowds and food preparation. Service animal’s are permitted.
CAN I BRING MY BICYCLE OR SKATEBOARD?
Yes. Althought bicycle and skateboards are not allowed inside the gates, they can be locked to the barrier fencing near the entrances.
IF IT'S HOT, IS THERE SHADE?
Large tents with tables and chairs are set up in the beer/wine sales area, but most of the site open ground with no trees. Bring hats and sunscreen, and look for our Misting Station so you can cool off.
CAN I BRING MY OWN DRINKS?
No. Alcoholic drinks and all open beverages will be confiscated at the gate
I’M DRIVING. WHERE ARE YOU?
Take the QEW to the Trafalgar Rd. exit and go north three blocks. From Hwy. 401, take the Trafalgar Rd. exit and go south. The location is about half-way between the QEW and Dundas St. (Hwy. 5), on the Sheridan College front parking lot on the west side of Trafalgar Rd. The street address, if using a GPS, is 1430 Trafalgar Rd., Oakville, ON L6H 2L1.
IS PARKING AVAILABLE?
Yes. We have parking on site, for $10 per car. When you pay the parking fee you will receive a valuable coupon book with thousands of dollars worth of coupons for local businesses. Enter the on-site parking from White Oaks Blvd., immediately north of the Ribfest site. A shuttle will be available to take you from your car to the main Gate. Free parking is available at the Oakville Town Hall at 1225 Trafalgar Road, just south of the Ribfest site. There will be a free shuttle from the Town Hall location to the Ribfest Gate.
WHERE IS HANDICAP PARKING OR DROP-OFF?
Ribfest is on a paved parking lot, so is wheelchair friendly. Use the Ceremonial Drive entrance immediately south of the Ribfest site and follow the signs.
WHO SUPPLIES THE RIBS?
Sysco is the official supplier of pork ribs to our Rib Teams.
We are able to ensure that our customers receive consistent high quality product and portion sizes.
WHAT OTHER KINDS OF FOODS ARE AVAILABLE?
Some rib teams offer beef ribs as well as the traditional pork ribs. Some also offer chicken (including Halal), grilled shrimp, salads, coleslaw, and baked beans. Other food vendors on site offer pizza, corn-on-the-cob, French fries, blooming onions, doughnuts, funnel cakes, Beaver Tails, popcorn, ice cream, candies and more.
ARE THERE VEGETARIAN FOODS AVAILABLE?
There will be salads, vegetarian pizza, corn-on-the-cob as well as veggie burgers available. Also many gluten-free options based on the ribbers individually. Some sauces are gluten-free, others are not.
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF RIBS?
There is a standard price of $23 for a full rack, and less for smaller portions (half racks and one-third racks). All food vendors set their own prices. All prices include taxes. Ribbers take cash only, no cards.
ARE KIDS WELCOME?
Yes, this is a family-oriented event. Our free Kids’ PlayZone is a great place for you and your kids to have fun during the day. We have bouncy castles and more. Also on site will be a reasonably priced Children’s Carnival, including a giant Ferris Wheel and various rides. In addition we have Wildlife Rescue shows as well as the Canada 150 interactive tent. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please note that the music in the evenings will be targeted to adults.
ARE THERE VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES?
The success of this charity event is truly dependent on the efforts of the volunteers. There are over 200 positions to be filled. Community Service credit is available for students. We would welcome your assistance. Meals are provided to volunteers (but they do not include ribs!). Volunteers should try to arrange to be dropped off and picked up at the site.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
This event is organized by Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar (RCOT), a non-profit organization. All profits from our club’s fundraising activities, such as the Oakville Family Ribfest, go to support projects such as our Annual Strawberry Social for elderly shut-ins and their caregivers, Kerr Street Ministries Food Bank and community dinners, Oakville Fare Share Food Bank, Oakville high school student bursaries, Big Brothers/Big Sisters homework clubs, and international projects such as Sleeping Children around the World, Haiti Containers for Hope Fund, Stephen Lewis Foundation for Aids, Polio Plus to eradicate polio in the world — and so much more.
CAN I TAKE THE BUS?
Yes, you can take Oakville Transit Bus #1 to Sheridan College on Trafalgar Rd. On Friday buses leave every 30 minutes from the Oakville GO/Oakville Transit station for Sheridan College, and every 30 minutes from the Ribfest site back to the station. On Saturday and Sunday buses run every hour.
I HEAR THERE’S GREAT LIVE ENTERTAINMENT. WHAT BANDS ARE PLAYING, AND WHEN?
View the up-to-date band listings and schedule under the Schedule listing on our website.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE TO DO WHILE I’M AT RIBFEST?
Yes! We run a Marketplace area with vendors selling clothing, sports memorabilia, temporary tattoos, jewellery, cosmetics and loads more. Many community groups will have booths for you to wander through. There is also an Artisan Alley area for local artists to display and sell their work. And Sheridan College will have an area for its art students to sell pottery, paintings and much more.
I’M INTERESTED IN HAVING A BOOTH TO SELL MY OWN PRODUCTS OR HANDICRAFTS. HOW CAN I BECOME A VENDOR?
At the bottom of the Vendor page you will find an application that can be emailed in. A 10′x10′ booth is $550, 10′x20′ is $800, and 20′x20′ is $950.
IS THERE ACCOMMODATION NEARBY?
Yes, you can stay right at Sheridan College through the Residence & Conference Centre. Visit their website to book: http://www.stayrcc.com/oakville
IS THERE CAMPING NEARBY?
Yes, at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 1219 Burloak Dr., Oakville, ON L6M 4J7, tel. 905-827-6911, website: http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/bron.html
IS SMOKING ALLOWED?
No, the Sheridan College grounds are a non-smoking area, so no smoking or vaping.
Ribfest truly apprciates
the support of our volunteers