2018 marks the 9th year for this family oriented and local Brantford celebration. Each year, the festival welcomes more than 26,000 people to Cockshutt Park, which is nestled along the banks of the historic Grand River. Last year, the festival proudly took home the 2017 Platinum Brant News Readers Choice award for best Food/Drink. This highly anticipated sizzling event always delivers a weekend full of delicious food, vendors, children’s entertainment, a beer tent and live entertainment on the main stage.
One of the best parts of the weekend is that admission is FREE! The Brantford Kinsmen enjoy giving back to the community, therefore all attendees may make a donation if desired, at the gate entrance. Brantford Kinsmen Ribfest has been made possible by the strong support from our community, spectacular volunteers, and generous local business sponsors.
Friday, August 10th from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
North America’s greatest rib creating teams are returning to battle for top awards including Best Ribs, Best Chicken, Best BBQ Sauce and People’s Choice. Although BBQ food will be in the spotlight, for all those non-ribbers there will be plenty of other food to enjoy all weekend. Roasted corn, blooming onions, fresh lemonade, cornbread and baked beans are some of our other favourties (next to the ribs, of course!).
On the entertainment end of things, they are offering a terrific balance of familiar faces, local legends and new favourites! With something for every taste, from Blues and Classic Rock to Country and Soul, Friday night's performances begin at 6:00 p.m. with HWY 24. Saturday's entertainment features Blue Swagger and Freedom Train. Wrapping things up on Sunday will be The Atkinson/MacDonald band from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please visit the Brantford Kinsmen Annual Ribfest website for more information.
NEW THIS YEAR: We are pumped to introduce the Rib Eating Contest, which will take place Friday and Saturday on the main stage from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. Challenge your friends, co-workers, family members, or other businesses to compete. The team that pigs out the fastest wins! Please see the website for the official contest rules and regulations... and best of luck!
For the kids, there will be an Air Bounce Inflatable Family area, featuring an array of different inflated bouncy structures. A barn, a train, and even a dumptruck inflatable are all part of the fun for young ones to middle-aged children. You can purchase 'air bounce ride all day' wrist bands or single tickets.
This is a Brantford event you do not want to miss, see you there!