About the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore

We are 65 individuals who live or work in Burlington, Ontario and believe that when you come together, you can create a bigger SOCIAL IMPACT.  We meet every Tuesday for lunch at The Burlington Art Gallery on Lakeshore and brainstorm ideas to bring together members of our community and fundraise for projects.  We support hundreds of charities right here at home and also abroad.

Ribfest is our largest and most successful community event, of which all proceeds go to charity.

Click the box below to see some of the Youth Programs we offer and support.  Or click here to learn more about and join Rotary.


Why Are We Canada's Largest Ribfest?

 

There are a number of ways you can measure why we have the title of "Canada's Largest Ribfest."

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You could measure by attendance numbers... we broke the attendance record in 2009 when more than 175,000 people attended the festival!

You could measure by the amount of ribs we sold...would you believe that more than 150,000 pounds of ribs were sold over the course of the four-day event? Well, it's true!

You could measure by the number of Rib Teams that participate...we annually welcome 20 "Ribber Teams" from across North America!

You could measure by the amount of money raised for the community...more than $3 million has been raised for local community organizations and charities over the last 19 years! Come on out and join in the fun and food at Canada's Largest Ribfest!


A Selection of Our Proceeds Being Distributed over the Years

Canada’s Largest Ribfest is a fundraising initiative of The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore. Last year, the proceeds from Canada’s Largest Ribfest were donated to:

 

Health

Burlington Counselling & Family Services

Canadian Diabetes Assoication Summer Camp

Canadian Mental Health Association Summer Camp 

Carpenter Hospice

CCAC Child Abuse Emergency Fund

Cheshire Homes (Carey House)

CNIB

Danielle's Place

Halton Aphasia

Joseph Brant Hospital 

JBMH Aux

Mobility Devices, Wheelchairs and Scooters for Private Handicapped Individuals

MS Supportive Housing Complex 

Protheses for Private Individuals in Need of Financial Support

Reach Out Centre for Kids

Terry Fox Run

Hunger

Food Banks Canada

Food for Life

Gift of Giving Back Community Food Drive

Halton Fresh Food Box

Next Door Plains Rd. Meal Program

North Burlington Drop in and Community Dinner

Open Door Food Bank St. Christopher's Church

Partnership West Food Bank

Salvation Army Food Bank

The Compassion Society

Humanity 

Able Sail

Burlington Green

Burlington Humane Society

Camp Enterprise

Camp Manitou

Canadian Legion Branch 60

Community Living Burlington

Crime Stoppers of Halton

Halton Regional Police Smart Risk Safety Program

HARRRP

Lighthouse Centre for Grieving Children

Out of the Cold

Rotary Foundation and International Rotary projects

Rotary Music Festival

Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program

The Lighthouse Homeless Shelter (Oakville)

North BurLINKton Community Group


ENTERTAINMENT


 

VENDORS

Ribbers

By invite only


Charity or Community Organization Inquiry

The Rotary Club of Burlington is now accepting applications for 2016.


Food Vendor Inquiry

The Rotary Club of Burlington is now accepting applications for 2016.


Handicraft and Merchandising Exhibitor Inquiry

The Rotary Club of Burlington is now accepting applications for 2016.

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RIBFEST GOES GREEN!

 

Canada's Largest Ribfest 100% Green Program

Since 2004, Canada’s Largest Ribfest and the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore have worked toward creating an event where environmentalism is a top priority! The environment is important to all of us, and what better way to show our appreciation for beautiful Burlington than to ensure that this event produces only biodegradable waste and 100% recyclable material. 

Over the years, Canada's Largest Ribfest has composted, recycled and diverted more than 250 tonnes of materials resulting in waste diversion rates of over 80% (This also includes items that were brought on-site by visitors). To put this in perspective, the 2011 Ontario residential waste diversion rate was 46% according to Statistics Canada. As a result of this forward-thinking and proactive approach to environmental protection, Canada’s Largest Ribfest has become the model for festivals by the Recycling Council of Ontario and has been the three time consecutive winner of the Best Greening of a Festival or Event award from Festivals and Events Ontario. 

To accomplish this goal, our Ribbers, Food Vendors and Support Service Providers have to comply with our guidelines. They must all ensure that any consumables they use are biodegradable or recyclable. In addition to the consumable regulation, we also confirm that the local recycling facilities are able to process the material. 

We have ensured that the products chosen, such as containers and utensils, meet both of these criteria for recyclability and biodegradability. Here is the list of products that you’ll see at Canada’s Largest Ribfest: 

  • Fibre-based Food Containers – For those great-tasting Ribs!
  • Wooden Utensils
  • Paper Napkins
  • Corn Starch-based Cups – For those tasty, cold beverages!
  • Fibre-based Cups – For those tasty, hot beverages!
  • Paper Bags – Ready for Take-Out!
  • Bottled water and canned pop are available in recyclable containers

Implementation During the Festival

Well, once we have controlled the input, then we can more easily control the output!

Canada’s Largest Ribfest will provide “Green Bin” (biodegradable) and “Blue Bin” (recycling) containers for the public to use. We will also have several stations where people can take waste to be sorted.

Public education is also a large part of our plan. Informing the public about what is suitable to place in the Green Bin – wooden utensils, food leftovers, corn-starch cups (even though they look like plastic!) As part of our public education program, we will proactively inform people about the environmental initiatives of Canada’s Largest Ribfest through the website, digital newsletters, signage at the park during the festival, and with the help of our media partners to assist in promoting this very important initiative.

And for back-up, we have our Recycling Staff on hand to help with any questions during the event and to sort through the containers after the event to make sure that everything was put in the correct container!


Recycling at Ribfest

We are pleased to announce that a Recycling/Organics Collection Program is once again in place this year. We would like to personally thank Ron and Ann Oatman who spearheaded a team of committed Rotarians and Community volunteers to enable Ribfest to continue to improve upon its commitment to producing an environmentally friendly event.

Organics includes all food, bones & paper waste, like the GreenCart program + all biodegradable food containers, beverage cups, straws & cutlery!

We are pleased to announce that a Recycling/Organics Collection Program is once again in place this year. We would like to personally thank Ron and Ann Oatman who spearheaded a team of committed Rotarians and volunteers to enable Ribfest to continue to improve upon its commitment to producing an environmentally friendly event.

Organics includes all food, bones & paper waste, like the GreenCart program + all biodegradable food containers, beverage cups, straws & cutlery!


 

VOLUNTEER WITH US TODAY!

 

Canada's Largest Ribfest is a volunteer driven fundraising initiative proudly organized by The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore.

Our weekend volunteers are the driving force of the festival. We have over 600 weekend volunteers, who work with rotarians during the festival weekend. Weekend volunteers commit to a 1 four-hour shift, gaining experience in multiple aspects of the festival. Volunteering allows a unique way to experience the festivities!

Why Volunteer with The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore?

It's a great opportunity for you to make a positive impact in your community, learn new skills and develop lasting friendships. By volunteering with us, you will be able to build your resume in the customer service and festival management areas. 

To volunteer with us, please email admin@rcbl.org. 

 


Already a 2016 Ribfest Volunteer?  Sign into you Personal Volunteer Page here