Markham Rotary Ribfest celebrates 15th year

Markham Rotary Ribfest is back for its 15th year from July 6-8 with award winning ribbers, music and entertainment to kick off the summer.

The annual event, organized by the Rotary Club of Markham Sunrise, will feature eight award-winning ribbers from across North America. Not only will there be tons of ribs to go around, but there will also be 14 food trucks serving up Canadian classics such as poutine, beaver tails and blooming onions. New this year are Asian vegetarian options such as deep fried tofu and vegetarian popcorn chicken. There will also be a beer garden with beverages from Mill Street Brewery and Georgian Bay Spirit Co. For the littles ones, a kidzone with feature amusement rides, midway games and inflatables.

“The Markham Rotary Ribfest is about community,” said Joe Chen, ribfest committee representative. “It’s a community event to bring people from all diverse backgrounds together to enjoy a traditional Canadian summer festival over food, drink and music.

“Music is an important part of Markham Rotary Ribfest. We emphasize local musicians and bands to give them exposure and an opportunity to perform on a professional stage in front of big crowds and a diverse audience.”

The Markham Sunrise club organizes the event every year as a fundraiser for the local Rotary Club Foundation. In the past, they’ve raised more than $200,000 for charities such as the Yellow Brick House, Canadian Cancer Society, Girls on the Run and the Canadian Mental Health Association, to name a few. All funds from this year’s ribfest will go towards Markham Stouffville Hospital Dr. Bear Program. The hands-on program was designed to give comfort to children ages four to 12, prior to their surgery. Through this program, the child and their parents are able to explore the operating rooms and recovery rooms to get a better understanding of the medical process.

“We aim to make Markham and York Region a better place to live by raising money to give back to the community from the ribfest admissions,” said Chen.

Visit markhamribfest.com for more details.

Photo: Guests line up for some award-winning ribs at the Markham Rotary Ribfest.

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