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Port Moody's Ribfest is ready to tickle your tastebuds this July — even if you're a vegetarian

Ribfest runs July 19-21 at Port Moody's Rocky Point Park
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Ribbers from around North America will be back in Port Moody this summer at the city's Ribfest event at Rocky Point Park July 19-21, 2024.

Start smacking your lips and collecting your napkins.

Port Moody’s Ribfest is returning to Rocky Point Park for a full weekend of sticky, smokey fun, July 19-21.

A summer staple since 2015, the event attracts about 50,000 visitors to the city’s waterfront playground where they’re able to sate their appetite for ribs and brisket grilled up by seven championship teams of ribbers who travel the summer festival circuit competing for awards and hungry customers.

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Ribfest is also the biggest fundraiser of the year for Port Moody Rotary, which uses donations at the entry gate and money from the event’s massive 50/50 draw to support community programs and organizations like:

  • Port Moody Police victim services
  • Eagle Ridge Manor
  • Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society
  • Pacific Storm water polo
  • SHARE Family and Community Services
  • Gleneagle Secondary School

Ribfest isn’t just about eating, though.

There’s also drinking craft beers from Port Moody’s renowned Brewers row just across Murray Street and live music from local acts like Los Meatballs, Pop Junkies, Blue Collar Overdrive and Soulstream.

Ribfest’s family zone will keep younger gastronomes occupied with games and activities while families can find some respite in the quiet zone, a relaxing space stocked with toys, games and books.

There’s even a place for non-carnivores at the annual celebration of meat as the Meat2Eat food truck will be on hand serving vegetarian and vegan dishes like veggie tacos and organic falafel wraps.

Rotary’s Peter Muir said Ribfest is a massive undertaking that wouldn’t be possible without an army of hundreds of volunteers who do everything from picking up litter to shucking cobs of corn.

“Our goal is ensuring our volunteers know how they contribute to the success of this event,” Muir said in a news release. “And we want them to have fun.”

For more information, including a lineup of ribbers and entertainment, as well as volunteer opportunities, you can visit the Port Moody Ribfest website.

The Tri-City News is a media sponsor of Port Moody Ribfest.