Rotary Ribfest returns to Cape Breton this weekend for first time since 2019

SYDNEY, NS — Rotary Ribfest returns this weekend to Cape Breton with three days of food, entertainment and family fun at Open Hearth Park.

The festival showcases four guest ribbers and includes a vendor village that sells food, hand-made crafts and many other attractions.

There’s also a beverage tent featuring a signature Ribfest beer from Breton Brewing, several local food trucks, a family-fun zone for the kids and a 5K run.

On the main stage will be non-stop entertainment highlighted by Juno-nominated singer, songwriter and actor, Heather Rankin, as well as Pretty Archie, Farewell Town, The Non-Essentials Band, Hauler, Rg Schaller & the Peacemakers, Rob Murphy, Steve MacIntyre and Erin O’Brien and Ronnie Hogan.

There is no admission fee to attend Rotary Ribfest, but patrons are encouraged to make a goodwill donation at the gate in support of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation’s Tom MacNeil Cancer Patient Care Fund and Caleb’s Courage.

Ribfest is a collaborative effort on part of the four Rotary Clubs in the CBRM: New Waterford, North Sydney, Sydney and Sydney-Sunrise.

“Ribfest is more than just food and fun,” said Darren Vallis, chair of the Ribfest organizing committee, in a press release. “It’s about coming together as a community in support of local charities and the work of Rotary clubs in the CBRM.”

Ribfest hours are Friday and Saturday 11 am until 11 pm and Sunday 11 am until 7 pm

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