Rotary Ribfest set for July 14-16, 2023

Rotary’s Ribfest is coming back to Open Hearth Park from July 14-16th, 2023.   This is the seventh time the event has been organized by the Rotary Clubs of CBRM, and the first to partner with United Way Cape Breton.   To date, the event has raised close to $400,000 for local charities.

“We’re proud to say that the event has become a local favourite, with over 30,000 taking part each year,” says Darren Vallis, Co-Chair of the event and member of the Sydney Rotary Club.  “It’s a chance to feature local vendors, local musicians, and of course bring everyone’s favourite ribbers back to our area.”

United Way Cape Breton will share the proceeds collected at the gate with the four Rotary Clubs of CBRM.   Both organizations support a wide range of charitable organizations in the area, and this will ensure that even more people in the community will benefit from funds raised.   “We are so grateful to be a part of this iconic event,” said Lynne McCarron, CEO of United Way Cape Breton. 

This year’s entertainers include a long list of talented local musicians.   Friday’s lineup includes: Isabella Sampson, Donnie Campbell & Jinks O’Neil, Jordan Musycsyn. Cassidy Riley, and Matt Mingewodd.   On Saturday Jacob Noonan, Elyse Aeryn, Aaron Lewis, and members of Beoloch and Coig take the stage.   Sunday will see Keith Mullins and Morgan Toney, Those Guys Jazz Trio and the Andrew Doyle Band taking centre stage.

There will be five ribbers once again this year, including Crabby’s, Camp 31, Texas Rangers, Billy Bones and new this year, Pistol Pete’s.  A number of local vendors will also be onsite adding to the festival-like atmosphere typical of this event.   

The four Rotary Clubs of CBRM include Sydney, Sydney Sunrise, New Waterford, and North Sydney.   Rotary’s motto is service above self, and this event demonstrates a huge commitment of time and resources.   Planning for Rotary Ribfest began in the late fall of 2022.  


For information, contact: Michele McKinnon 902-210-5761