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.
We offer a number of youth programs, click on the tabs below for more information. 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."
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:
Burlington Counselling & Family Services
Canadian Diabetes Assoication Summer Camp
Canadian Mental Health Association Summer Camp
CCAC Child Abuse Emergency Fund
Cheshire Homes (Carey House)
Mobility Devices, Wheelchairs and Scooters for Private Handicapped Individuals
Protheses for Private Individuals in Need of Financial Support
Reach Out Centre for Kids
Terry Fox Run
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
Burlington Humane Society
Canadian Legion Branch 60
Community Living Burlington
Crime Stoppers of Halton
Halton Regional Police Smart Risk Safety Program
Lighthouse Centre for Grieving Children
Out of the Cold
Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program
The Lighthouse Homeless Shelter (Oakville)
North BurLINKton Community Group
we will work with you to customize a marketing and activation plan which suits your needs. become a sponsor of Canada's Largest Ribfest, email The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore directly on: email@example.com
Friends of Ribfest
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
- Plastic recyclables – 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
For the last 6 years, our festival has received Festivals & Events Ontario's "Best Greening of a Festival or Event" Achievement Award!
Implementation During the Festival
Well, once we have controlled the input, then we can more easily control the output!
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 and food leftovers. 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!
Today, our Recycling/Organics Collection Program is managed by Todd and Nicole Bain
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 at least one (1) four-hour shift, gaining experience in multiple aspects of the festival. Volunteering provides 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. If you need more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click the links below to sign up!