RibFest was a big hit in 2016 in Kelowna. Organizers are hoping for a repeat performance this September when the event returns to City Park.—Image credit: Alistair Water/Capital News

RibFest returning to Kelowna

Plans for the second annual RibFest in City Park, Sept. 15 to 17, are announced.

Following its inaugural event last year, RibFest is returning to Kelowna.

Title sponsor Interior Savings Credit Union and host Kelowna Sunrise Rotary have announced plans for second annual RibFest in Kelowna’s City Park Sept. 15 to 17.

The family friendly event brings award winning “ribbers” from across the country to serve up their best ribs.

In addition to the food, visitors will enjoy live music and entertainment, a variety of other vendors and a kids zone. A beer garden will available throughout the event’s operating hours as well.

“Our goal for this event is to create a family festival and a substantial fundraiser for our club,” said Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club president Pat McAllister. “We also see this as an opportunity to promote fellowship within the club and attract new members.”

After last year’s success, organizers have not only extended the hours of operation this year, but a fifth ribber has been added.

Activities will kick off on Sept. 15 at 3 p.m and will run until 11pm. On Saturday, Sept. 16, the event will run from noon until 11 p.m and on the Sunday it will go from noon until 9 p.m.

Organizers say they are expecting as many as 20,000 people to visit RibFest over the three days.

Interior Savings has once again signed on board as the title sponsor for the event, which joins other Ribfest in the southern Interior, including ones in Penticton and Kamloops.

“What makes RibFest so special are the amount of people and organizations working together to create an event this city can be proud of while also raising tens of thousands of dollars to help improve lives,” said Interior Savings CEO Kathy Conway.

Proceeds from last year’s event supported numerous local charities, including $10,000 to locally-founded ShoeBank Canada. This year, Conway said the hope is to raise another $35,000 to support Rotary’s work.

For more information, a schedule of events or inquiries about sponsorship, go to www.ribfestkelowna.com

Just Posted

Kelowna finalists announced for small business awards

The 15th annual Small Business BC Awards will be held Feb. 23

Lake Country rescue held for couple stuck in snow

The couple was taking late night photos when their vehicle became stuck

More early childhood educator positions created

Announcement in Kelowna for a new work experience project at the YMCA

Foundry linked with new youth mental health web site

New website to improve mental health and wellness for young people in B.C.

Kelowna woman only Canadian to train in Danish sailing program

A Kelowna sailor compares her life at sea to manning an old… Continue reading

Kelowna’s Ursel to coach host team at Olympics

Bob Ursel is headed to the Olympics with South Korea’s national men’s curling team

High-end whisky seized in B.C. bar raids

Raids end in seizures at Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver whisky joints

Letter: Let’s vote for a return to democracy in November.

Letter writer says a coming referendum vote could change the way political power is distributed

Train derails in Northwest B.C.

CN reports no injuries or dangerous goods involved after coal train derailment.

King’s thrilling tale brought to the Vernon stage

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Misery at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Jan. 30

Double-doubles and demonstrations: Employees rally outside Tim Hortons

Protests held in response to Ontario franchise owners cutting employee benefits and breaks

It’s all in the black for Roots & Blues

While they didn’t rake in the dough, the 2017 event made a modest profit

Letters: Peachlanders will have plenty to say at public hearing

A development proposal for Beach Ave. in Peachland, south of Kelowna, has people fired up

Kelowna’s Community Calendar

A partial listing of upcoming events in the Kelowna area

Most Read