What is the Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary Ribfest?
The Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest is a FREE, family friendly, three day event featuring five Ribbers, and several non-rib food vendors to ensure everyone has a choice. Try our beverage garden, visit our family friendly area with a Kids Play Zone, and enjoy entertainment for everyone.
When is the Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest taking place?
August 24 – 26, 2018 (rain or shine):
Friday - Noon to 9:00 PM
Saturday - Noon to 9:00 PM
Sunday - 12:30 PM to 7:00 PM
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Where is the Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary Ribfest located?
The RibFest is being held at Kelowna City Park (1600 Abbott Street) in Downtown Kelowna next to the Bennett Bridge.
Are kids welcome?
Absolutely! This is a family-oriented event. Our FREE Save-on-Foods KidsZone is a great place for you and your kids to have fun during the day. We have bouncy castles and more. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Please note that the KidsZone will run on Saturday from noon to 7:00 PM and on Sunday from 12:30 PM to 7:00 PM.
When is Family Day?
It’While Saturday has a lot for kids to do, Sunday is designated as Family Day where extra activities and events will be focused on our young friends.
What is the cost of admission?
It’s FREE, as Interior Savings Credit Union and the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise want to provide entertainment for all residents and visitors at no cost. Of course, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise will gratefully accept donations to maximize the impact the club can make in financially supporting local causes and initiatives.
Sounds like fun! How can I help?
You can volunteer (http://ribfestkelowna.com/2018-volunteer.html); you can sponsor (http://www.ribfestkelowna/our-sponsors1.html), or you can give by making a donation at designated Donation Boxes at the site, by purchasing raffle tickets from now until 6:59 PM on Sunday, August 26, 2018 and by visiting the Beverage Gardens.
Where does my money go?
Rotary is well-known for its contributions to local initiatives. Rotary continues the philosophy of 100% Charity fundraiser –100% volunteers.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise focuses on supporting, developing and implementing literacy, educational, humanitarian, recreation, wellness and environmental programs, projects and activities that assist the community in meeting the needs of its citizens and improving the quality of life for children, youth and adults within the community. Check out the “Rotary Supports” site under “More” on this website.
The primary charity of choice this year is JoeAnna’s House, a residence that provides a Home Away from Home for families of patients who do not live in the community when their loved ones are referred to Kelowna General Hospital. Visit https://www.kghfoundation.com/joeannas-house for more details.
Why JoeAnna's House?
Every year, thousands of families travel to KGH for specialized medical care, not available in their home communities. Accommodation in Kelowna is expensive and often nearly impossible to find. This is why the KGH Foundation has committed to raising $8 million to build JoeAnna’s House to support families in a time of need; and this is why the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise is actively financially supporting this humanitarian project.
Can local businesses, organizations or individuals sponsor activities at the RibFest?
Sponsorships are a key part in making the Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest a success. The Interior Savings Credit Union as the title sponsor, along with a wide variety of sponsorships from business and individuals, enable the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise to increase the net profit from this event to make an even greater impact in addressing the needs of our community. From media sponsors to Family Day and mainstage sponsors, ranging in contribution size from ¾ rack, ½ rack, ¼ rack and Friends of Ribfest, we gratefully acknowledge their support through print, web, stage and signage. We would welcome other interested businesses, organizations and individuals as sponsors. Check out the Sponsorship Page on this website for more information.
Can I make a donation to assist the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise in doing their good work?
You certainly can! Any amount that you can donate will be gratefully accepted as this will enable the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise to offset some of the costs and thereby enable the club to financially support those in need and more community projects and events.
Donation boxes will be situated throughout the site to receive your welcome support. All donations will go to JoeAnna’s House.
Buy a Raffle Ticket for a chance to win one of the five prizes. Check the "Raffle" page under "Events" for details.
Is my dog welcome at the RibFest ?
Sorry dog owners! While dogs are awesome and just as welcome as people in many situations, unfortunately, health bylaws do not permit pets (service dogs excepted, of course) on the RibFest site. We are operating a restaurant/dining site so there are limitations.
What if I want to take the bus and what is the schedule for local buses?
Visit the BC Transit Website at http://bctransit.com/kelowna/schedules-and-maps for detailed information on bus transportation and scheduling.
Is parking available?
Parking in every city core is always difficult, but there are options.
Visit http://en.parkopedia.ca/parking/kelowna for details. Parking in City Owned Parkades and City Lots are free after 6 PM and all day Sunday. There is no charge for on-street parking after 5 PM and on Sundays. There will be a charge at the private lots at all times.
Where is handicap parking or drop-off?
Please come to the entrance to City Park at the bottom of Leon Street and indicate that you are seeking the location for handicapped parking.
Do the Ribbers and beverage gardens and tents accept Credit or Debit Cards?
All sales at all vendors are cash-only. One or more ATMs will be on site.
Credit cards will be accepted for the purchase of beverage tickets at the Beverage Gardens Stand only.
What other kinds of foods are available?
The Ribbers provide the traditional pork ribs, but they also offer other choices - beef ribs, chicken, grilled shrimp, salads, coleslaw, and baked beans. Other food vendors will round out the menu with such menu items as corn on the cob, hot dogs, perogies, ice cream, crispy onion, fries, poutine and much more..
Are vegetarian and gluten free choices available?
Visit the Street Food Trucks for many vegetarian choices. While some Ribbers do have Gluten Free options, so do some of the Street Food Vendors.
What is the price of the ribs?
All food vendors set their own prices. Ribbers take cash only, no credit or debit cards.
Can I bring my own food or drinks?
Sorry! Outside food or drinks are NOT permitted inside the gates of RibFest. Non-alcoholic options, including water, are available on-site for purchase.
What do I need to know about the Beverage Gardens?
There are strict laws established by the province of British Columbia with respect to the purchase and consumption of alcohol products. Patrons and beverage servers must abide by these laws at all times. Check out the “Beverage Gardens” details within the “Food & Beverage” page of this website for detailed information regarding the BC Liquor Laws that must be adhered to during the RibFest.
I hear there’s great live entertainment. What bands are playing and when are they on stage?
View the up-to-date entertainment schedule and performer bios on the Entertainment page. Be sure to take in the FREE live acts.
Is there anything else to do while I’m at RibFest?
Definitely! Choose from: participating in focused activities and entertainment for kids of all ages in our Kid’s Zone; observing and cheering on Dragon Boaters racing near the Bennett Bridge on Saturday and Sunday, wandering through the vendor booths, participating in the Wibit Water Park which will be open; and more.
Is there accommodation nearby?
Certainly. Visit the Tourism office in Kelowna at www.tourismkelowna.com or check out your favorite booking website.
How can I become a member of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise?
Visit the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise website at www.kelownasunriserotary.org to apply for membership.