what is ribfest?

A Ribfest is a professional barbecue competition that has expanded itself across North America and has branded itself as one of the largest events that travel from city to city to raise money for charity. It is commonly held in a large park-like setting and includes live entertainment, local business owners, specialty vendors and children’s entertainment.

Where is Rotary RibFest located?

Rotary Ribfest will be hosted at the site of the Open Hearth Park in Sydney N.S.

What is the cost for admission? free

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Admission to the event is FREE, however, all monies raised will be donated to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation’s Caleb’s Courage & Tom MacNeil Cancer Patient Care Fund and so we welcome your donation. Once on the site, you will enjoy the wonderful food and refreshments our vendors will have for sale!

Do vendors accept Debit or Credit Cards?

Sorry, no this is a cash only event. ATMs will be on site.

Can I bring my dog or any other pets?

Please leave your pet at home. The organizers, vendors, sponsors and staff wish to thank you in advance for leaving your pets at home when you visit this year’s Sydney Ribfest. In an effort to maintain a safe, clean, and fun-filled family atmosphere, pets will not be able to enjoy Ribfest firsthand. On duty service dogs are welcome.

Will there be alcoholic beverages available?

Yes, there will be a licensed area and it will be permitted as a restaurant, meaning your children can accompany you until 8:30 pm nightly.

Are children allowed?

Absolutely – this is a family event with both entertainment and vendors directed at serving children’s interests.

How do i become a volunteer?

Go to the “Become a Volunteer” link or contact We would be pleased to have your help. Many hands make for light work!

What bands are playing and at what times?

Check out the great line up of live entertainment on this site that will play day and night!

Can I bring in my own food and beverages?

No, we ask that you support the vendors on site. For safety purposes, bag inspection will be conducted at the gate.

What other food items are available besides pork ribs?

Our diverse food vendors will be serving pulled pork, chicken, fries, corn, ice cream, salads, beaver tails and much more.

Are there vegetarian foods available?

Yes, vegan pot pies, kettle corn, delicious desserts, fries, poutine, blooming onions, slushies and other vegetarian options exist.

How do I become a sponsor?

Contact organizers at

How do I become a vendor?

Contact organizers at