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Below are answers to the most often asked questions. If you have another question, please email us.


Q: How does the sampling work?

A: To sample you must purchase a wristband for $8. The wristband is good for the entire weekend. We will give you a souvenir sample glass or you can re-use the glass you purchased in a previous year. 5oz samples cost $2 each.


Q: Are people under 19 allowed in?

A: Because the event involves alcohol, people under the age of 19 will be admitted only if they are accompanied by an adult - ie. their parents, not their 20 year old friend.


Q: What does the food cost?

A: There is a variety of food to purchase. The main item of course is ribs and chicken. Prices range from $7 for a pulled pork sandwich to $22 for a full rack. We also have bbq'd corn on the cob, pretzels, ice cream, kettle korn, waffles, colossal onion and cotton candy.


Q: Can we bring our dog / pet into the event?

A: No. The event is very crowded and also involves food so please leave your pets at home.


Q: Can I smoke at Ribfest?

A: The entire Ribfest site is smoke free. This includes cigarettes, vaping and cannabis. You are welcome to step outside the fenced area to smoke.


Q: Where can I park?

A: There is parking on-site but the best bet is either cab or public transit. This will avoid any chance of drinking and driving. 


Q: How many different beers will there be to sample?

A: There are 15 breweries with over 60 different brands available for sampling.


Q: Is there anything other than beer?

A: Yes, there are several vendors sampling cider and coolers as well as non-alcoholic drinks - water, pop.


Q: Is the event wheelchair accessible?

A: Yes.


Q: What happens if it rains?

A: The event goes rain or shine so if there is the potential for rain, you may want to bring an umbrella.