After being cancelled in 2020 like so many other iconic Penticton summer events, RibFest is forging ahead with a 2021 return this coming September 17 to 19.
“We’re excited to do it,” says Barb Hoolaeff of the Rotary Club of Penticton. “We had a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19 and we are now going forward following Public Health Office safety guidelines. We’re very excited to bring it back after one year out.”
A major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Penticton, RibFest Penticton typically took place in late June, coinciding with the Elvis Festival. Before the pandemic, it was not unusual to see 35,000 visitors from around the South Okanagan and beyond.
In early 2020, before COVID-19 was on the radar in B.C., it was announced that the festival would move from its traditional location in Okanagan Lake Park to Skaha Lake Park.
That summer's event did not take place, and now the festival is happy to be returning.
The change of location more room, more shade and more parking, no conflict with other events.
Ribfest will be welcoming back the trophy winners from the past, including Gator BBQ, one of the oldest ribbers.
“We are so happy to be on the road for Penticton Ribfest in September,” says Matt Smith of Gator BBQ. “We are totally looking forward to cooking barbecue for you.”
Proceeds from the Ribfest are going to rebuild the Splash Pad at Skaha Lake Park.
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