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Back to the roots of Cornwall Ribfest

  Every year, our Ribfest gets better than the year before, drawing in larger crowds with each new event. Hence, another fun-filled 4-day BBQ extravaganza is planned out for Lamoureux Park in 2018. Delicious award winning Ribs. A humongous Beer Garden facing a vibrant & exciting (free) Live Music Entertainment. A fun Carter Shows Midway. A free Kid Zone. And so much more. It's unique combination of free music, various vendors and great food attracts thousands of avid goers each year. Last year Cornwall Ribfest was brought to you by a new service club, The Optimist Club of Cornwall. Chairmen Terry Muir and John Lucio and their excellent team of Optimists and Volunteers put together a spectacular event! Cornwall Ribfest 2017 was a huge success.  Please see our videos and photos.

The Optimist Club was the driving force of last year’s event and again this year. After all, what better organization than one who is so heavily involved with helping our local youths! Moreover, Ribfest 2017 started with the Carter Shows Midway opening for 2 dedicated hours to children with disabilities. This was a beautiful, heartfelt opportunity, and a first, for the community. All proceeds of Ribfest earned by the Optimist Club pour directly into the youths of Cornwall. Last year, we raised close to $70,000 for youth. Now, we’re looking forward to Ribfest 2018, with even higher aspirations. After all, its just keeps getting better every year. Hence, another excellent BBQ fun-filled 4-day extravaganza is planned out for Lamoureux Park in 2018, and we’re looking forward to seeing y’all there. So, get it in your calendar and come on down and say “Howdy Pardner!” and be prepared to have a wonderful time.

It’s all about having fun, being happy, and raising money to help the youth. The Optimist Club is a civic organization run solely by volunteers. They serve the children of our community by offering programs for them to be involved in, and by providing a variety of community service projects.

It's going to be a great year. See y’all there!


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2018 Ribbers *tentative

Some of the best in Ontario

Cornwall Ribfest

Originally from Motley Texas, now out of Zorra Township, Ontario. Began touring the Canadian Circuit 8 years ago winning several awards every year! The company has grown and become a large contender amongst the best in The North American Ribfest Circuit. Our sauce has a nice flavour with slight heat and our ribs are finished on an open flame. As you know Everything is bigger in Texas!!! 

North Carolina’s sweet BBQ taste and unique smokehouse taste is finally in the Canadian Circuit. The secret is the sauce! “Our sauce is sweeter than your mama’s lovin”.

Ribs Royale BBQ hails from Nevada, USA. We compete in various ribfests across Canada. We are known for our succulent, savoury, fall-off-the-bone, RIBS, CHICKEN & PULLED PORK! In 2012 alone we won over 40 first place awards, and best ribs, best sauce categories. Please visit our

Leveraging 40 years of culinary experience, including 10 years professionally barbecuing, and a true passion for Texas-style barbecue ribs,  Smokehouse Bandits’ has succulent offerings and a unique flavours. We invite you to visit us and see for yourself that Smokehouse Bandits truly serves up Canada’s Most Wanted Ribs!

After 20 years in business and a long standing track record of award winning Barbeque, Crabby’s has proven to be one the best on the grill, from the East coast to the West. We specialize in food and catering services for any occasion. We do corporate events, picnics, stag & doe’s, parties and any other outdoor events. Anywhere in Ontario we can host events from 100 – 1000 people. Big or small, we can grill for them all!!!

Fatboy's BBQ

From the heart of Milwaukee, delicious, mouth watering, tender St. Louis BBQ Pork, Ribs, Chicken and Pulled Pork. Mild & Sweet Savory Sauce! Our motto is “Low N’ Slow& . . . AWESOME!!!

Entertainment lineup

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This wonderful event could never happen without the help of our many volunteers.  If you wish to take part in this one of a kind event

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become a sponsor

Ribfest provides opportunities for sponsors to support the mission of the Optimist Club while getting the maximum exposure for their business.  Every level offers different opportunities but most include media tags and on site visibility. 


NAMING SPONSOR Still Available

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Gold Rush

Silver Spoon

Copper Kettle

Coal Nugget

Media Sponsors

Friends of the Festival


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