Celebrity Judging

Comedians, radio and TV personalities, expert chefs, athletes, entertainers, musicians, community leaders and more grace the stage to judge.

You Can Be A Celebrity Judge!

Want to be a guest Celebrity Judge at The 2016 Toronto Ribfest? You can by entering our trivia contest. Check our Facebook page every Friday for details on how you can win! Click Here.


Ribfest is having a wedding... and Toronto’s Invited! When: Saturday, June 27

The contest to choose the bride and groom is NOW OVER and the judges are hard at work to choose the lucky couple! Thank you to EVERYONE who applied and we certainly hope all the couples who reached out to us will have a loving future together - and spend some of it at Ribfest! And now, the real wedding preparations kick in! Our wedding planner is WeddingGirl.ca – and there’s no one better in the business. She’s got an amazing event planned for the winning couple, for their guests, and for EVERYONE who comes to Toronto Ribfest to witness history.

Everyone loves a wedding. This is one you’ll never forget.

See www.ribfestwedding.com or #ribfestwedding for more information.

Canada Day

Canada Day starts with a Citizenship Ceremony on the South Stage at which about 40 people become new Canadian Citizens; and, it ends with a “bang”! The Fireworks at Centennial Park coupled with the music throughout the festival grounds make the evening something you won’t want to miss and won’t soon forget.

Throughout the day there are special performers, free face painting, free magic shows, and of course, great music and great food.

Heroes Day

When: Thursday, June 30

11:30-12:45 Climax jazz band on north stage
(Dixieland jazz)

1:00-2:00 Elvis on north stage

2:00-3:15 Celebrity Judging

3:30-4:30 Elvis on north stage

Bonus: Celebrity Rib Judging including Elvis:)

The VIP Experience

This year, treat yourself to the TORONTO RIBFEST VIP EXPERIENCE. SHADE AND NO LINE UPS! We bring your food to you. Full meal and purchase separate food and drink option available. Includes free samples sponsored by Bier Markt Queensway, executive washrooms, North Stage Entertainment and giveaways!

Tickets only $15 in advance ($20 at the festival); or include a dinner and a drink and pay $45 in advance ($50 at the festival). Note: drink pricing is not discounted.

Buy your experience here:


Your support affects countless lives across a variety of organizations

Rotary Etobicoke members volunteer their year planning and hosting the Toronto Ribfest so that we can raise money for important community organizations and international aid programs. 100% of the money raised is given away as grants!

In the past 17 years through funds raised at Toronto Ribfest, Rotary Etobicoke has donated over $3 million to humanitarian organizations, including:

  • Albion Neighbourhood Center
  • Anduhyaun Inc.
  • Angel Foundation for Learning
  • Arts Etobicoke
  • Basketeers
  • Broad Reach Foundation for Youth Leaders
  • Cameron Helps
  • Camp Enterprise (Youth Program)
  • Central Etobicoke High School
  • David Hornell Junior School Parent Council
  • Dorothy Ley Hospice
  • Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women
  • Equally Healthy Kids Breakfast Program
  • Etobicoke General Hospital
  • Etobicoke Services for Seniors
  • Eva`s Initiatives
  • Expect Theatre/Spark Collective
  • F.E.A.T. for Children of Incarcerated Parents
  • Famous People Players
  • Father Henry Carr CSS
  • FoodShare Toronto
  • Franklin Horner Community Center
  • Furniture Bank
  • Gatehouse
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Haven on the Q
  • Humber College Institute Scholarships
  • Invictus Rugby Football Club
  • Jean Tweed Centre
  • Kids Against Hunger
  • Kids Now
  • Kipling Collegiate Leadership Camp
  • 1st Lakeshore Scout Troop
  • Lakeshore Arts
  • Lakeshore Out of the Cold Program
  • LAMP
  • Lights on for Seniors Loyan Foundation
  • Moroccan Youth Association
  • MicroSkills / Rotary Youth Centre
  • P.A.C.T. (Youth Crime Reduction Program)
  • Rathburn Area Youth
  • Rexdale Community Health Centre
  • Rotary Peace Park
  • Rotary Youth Scholarships
  • Salvation Army
  • Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy
  • Seneca School
  • Second Harvest
  • Shelterbox
  • Social Planning Toronto
  • Society of St Vincent de Paul - St. Theresa`s Church
  • St. James Food Basket
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • St. Matthew`s Anglican Church, Islington
  • St. Margaret's Out of the Cold Program, Mimico
  • Saint Vincent de Paul Society
  • Stonegate Community Health Centre
  • Stonegate Ministry
  • Thistletown Collegiate Institute
  • The Training Renewal Foundation
  • The Troup Program (Toronto Outreach Program for Youth)
  • Toronto Fire Dept. Defibrillator
  • Toronto Foundation for Student Success
  • Toronto Rehab Foundation
  • Trillium Hospital
  • W.A.V.E. - Empowering Youth
  • Welcome Baby
  • West Park Healthcare
  • Women`s Habitat
  • Youth Without Shelter

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