Vancouver’s first-ever Ribfest is happening this month


Summer might be on its way out on the calendar, but for meat lovers, there’s never a bad time for a good ol’ BBQ fest. While we do have the amazing Brewery & the Beast each year, the less fancy roll-up-your-sleeves events are usually held in the ‘burbs…until now. Vancouver’s first-ever Ribfest is set to go down at the end of the month.

Vancouver Ribfest/Facebook

Taking place over two mouth-watering days, September 21 to 22, at the Plaza of Nations in Vancouver, Ribfest hopes to draw in fans for all the lip-smacking goodness of ribs (pork and beef), pulled pork, smoked and baked chicken, baked beans, and southern-style slaw.

Put on by the Ontario-based Crazy Canuck Smokers, the event has been making the rounds across the country this summer (and will also make a stop the weekend ahead of the Vancouver event locally in New Westminster).

Organizers say their aim is to dish up authentic southern style barbeque right here in Canada, and they’ll be bringing their showmanship–not to mention heaps of meat–to create a fun and exciting atmosphere for the whole family. There will be live music, and of course plenty to purchase to eat.

Vancouver Ribfest

When: September 21-22, 2018
Where: Plaza of Nations – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom