Welcome to our Ribfest FAQ page!

Here, we aim to provide you with answers to the most commonly asked questions about our annual festival. Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a seasoned Ribfest veteran, our FAQ page is the perfect resource to help you make the most of your experience.

Some of our events will have rides for small children, depending on city by-laws and regulations.

Depending on which show you plan on attenting, there may be a small fee. Attendees must pay $2 per person. Children 12 years and under are FREE. To find out more information about admission fees at a location near you, go to northernheatribseries.ca

There are no pre-purchase tickets required for entry. Although, there is a small admissions fee at most events.

To find out if there is parking available and where at your nearest Ribfest, please visit the individual location page for details.

Most of our venues accommodate free parking, however, certain venues will have city paid lots surrounding the location. Please visit the individual location page for details.

The BBQ Teams are supplied with all Canadian produced ribs and other meat.

The BBQ Teams sell different types of ribs. All will sell pork ribs and some will also offer beef ribs.

Northern Heat Rib Series is a locally operated festival group that originated in 2016.

Most vendors accept all forms of payment (cash, debit & credit). However, some smaller vendors may only accept cash. There are 2 ATMs located on site at each event.

No. All vendors will accept cash payments.

Yes! Dogs are allowed at Northern Heat Ribfest events. We kindly ask that you keep your dogs on a leash, clean up after it and place all poop bags in the designated garbage bins provided by us. Each dog owner will be asked to complete a simple ‘Pet-Waiver’ to assume responsibility for their pets actions and release NH for any incidents that may occur. You can complete the form here.

There is so much to do at Northern Heat Ribfest! We offer live music all day and night, up to 5 mouth waterin’ rib trucks per show and more! Visit the individual location page to learn more about what you can expect at a Ribfest near you.

Northern Heat is hosting a total of 15 Ribfests across Ontario from May – September 2024. View our Summer 2024 Show Schedule to find a Ribfest near you!

You will see some familiar faces at this years Northern Heat Ribfest, and a ton of new talent! Everyone from the likes of Wicked Truth, The Trip: Tribute to The Tragically Hip, Lakeside Groove, The Electric Merchants and many more! Visit the individual location page to learn more about who is playing at a Ribfest near you.

A half rack of pork ribs is $19.00 and a full rack of pork is $33.00. Beef ribs vary based on market price.

Shows may vary in close times. Please visit the individual location page to learn more about event hours of operation.

There are some vegetarian and vegan options, depending on vendors attending specific events. However, selection is limited.

Northern Heat Ribfest vendors offer a variety of food options for all attendees. Rib Teams also will sell other types of meat such as chicken and a variety of sides. Everything from corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, burgers, and hot dogs to cotton candy, candy apples, donuts and popcorn.


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