The sweet smell of ribs is back at the Enmax Centre this weekend. Rotary Ribfest will be serving up hot and ready ribs to residents who want to walk up and get their hands dirty. There is also a drive thru option as well. Organizers for Rotary Ribfest say they are hoping to raise up to $50,000 from this year’s event that will be going to support Ukrainians in need.
“This year we’re supporting 11 Ukrainian families that have emigrated and fled the violence in Ukraine. In addition to that, that’s what we’re doing locally, along with Lethbridge Family Services. We’ve put together clothes, furniture and found them places to live and hopefully make their journey to our country a better and easier journey. In addition to that, internationally, the money that we raise here will be going to Ukrainian efforts in Poland. We’ve got a Rotary Club in Prague that’s taking relief items into Poland to support the refugees in the country that are fleeing the violence,” says Nick Nicolacopoulos, the Rotary Ribfest Chairman.
Billy’s BBQ has been doing the Ribfest tour for the past four years. Owner Nick Reinhardt says the hot commodity this year is the beef brisket, “We are using local beef, which is important. We want the local community to benefit from these events as well. The ribbers are donating $20,000 to Rotary this week.”
Live music will be playing Friday and Saturday evening from 5-8pm. Admission and parking is free this year and the event will run until Sunday at 6pm.