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Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show!

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July 6, 2012


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Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show!

Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer ShowDowntown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show brings Victoria Park alive with barbequed ribs and chicken, great craft-brewed beer, and live entertainment. Admission is free but donations to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region will be accepted at the gate. Anyone under the age of 19 must be accompanied by an adult.

Due to the overwhelming success of the Midway (rides and games) last year, operated by GTA Midways, the family midway will be running adjacent to the Ribfest providing fun for children of all ages.

Rifest is a “sampling” event. To sample you must purchase a wristband for $6. The wristband is good for the entire weekend.  You will get a souvenir sample glass or you can re-use the glass you purchased in a previous year.  4oz samples cost $1 each. There are 12 breweries with over 50 different brands available for sampling. There is also one cooler company on hand with  non-alcoholic drinks – water, pop and lemonade.

There is a variety of food to purchase. Ribs and chicken are the main items. Prices range from $7 for a pulled pork sandwich to $22 for a full rack. There are also bbq’d corn on the cob, pretzels, ice cream, kettle korn, waffles, colossal onion and cotton candy.

Enjoy some of the best ribs and chicken in the country.  The following Ribbers will be on-hand to temp your tastebuds!

Blazin BBQ
Boss Hogs BBQ
Camp 31 BBQ
Crabby’s BBQ Shack
Kentucky Smoke House
Jack The Ribber
Ribs Royale BBQ

You will also be able to enjoy:

BBQ’d Corn on the Cob
Grandpa Shantz’s Homemade Ice Cream
Heavenly Dreams Ice Cream
Pappy’s Olde Fashioned Soda
Colossal Onion
Olde Fashioned Kettle Korn
Grainharvest Breadhouse Soft Pretzels
The Scrumptious Spud
Tornado Potato
Funnel Cake Express
Spring Rolls Restaurants
Just Like Mom Used to Buy
Tiki Dave Smoothies

Enjoy sampling some of the more than 50 different brands from these great Ontario Craft Breweries.

Amsterdam Brewing Co.
Beau’s All Natural
Big Rock Brewery
Black Oak Brewing Co.
Brick Brewing Co.
Cameron’s Brewing
F&M Brewery
Highlander Brew Co.
Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Mill Street Brewery
Nickel Brook Beers
Railway City Brewing Company
The Flying Monkey’s Craft Brewery
Wellington Brewery

And for those who enjoy an alternative to beer.

Black Fly Beverage Company
Yellow Tail Wine

Please drink responsibly.

Live entertainment all weekend long:

John McKinley Band

The Swingin’ Blackjacks

The City Boys

The Test Icicles

The Killeen’ Time Band

Where: Victoria Park

When: July 20-22, 2012

Time: Friday 5pm-10pm, Saturday noon-10pm, Sunday noon-6pm

For more information please visit website.

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