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Rotary, PWB team up to present Prince George Ribfest

Lisa Redpath, president of the Nechako Rotary Club, and Kyle Sampson, Northern B.C. manager for Pacific Western Brewing, announce Prince George Ribfest ... a three-day event full of ribs and local music June 21-23. Bill Phillips photo
Lisa Redpath, president of the Nechako Rotary Club, and Kyle Sampson, Northern B.C. manager for Pacific Western Brewing, announce Prince George Ribfest … a three-day event full of ribs and local music June 21-23. Bill Phillips photo

Who doesn’t like ribs? Who doesn’t like cool refreshments on a summer day? Who doesn’t like great local entertainment?

No one.

So put them all together and you have a winning combination.

The Rotary Club of Prince George – Nechako is teaming up with Pacific Western Brewing to host Prince George’s first ever Ribfest in June. The three-day event will feature award winning ‘ribbers’ from across Canada to serve up Grade-A barbecue supplemented by a slew of entertainment, additional food vendors, and cool refreshing beverages from Pacific Western Brewing. The event will take place June 21–23, at PWB, just off Nechako Road.

Prince George Ribfest event manager, and Manager of Northern BC for Pacific Western Brewing, Kyle Sampson says he was initially brought onboard independently from the brewery to help manage the event, but quickly realized the opportunity to bring PWB into the fold to help thrust this event to the next level.

“It’s going to be a weekend full of ribs, beer, and live music,” said Sampson. “We really don’t think you need anything else to have a good time.”

All of the proceeds will be used to fund Rotary initiatives and funding opportunities, with a focus going towards helping the homeless and vulnerable population in Prince George.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Lisa Redpath, president of the Rotary Club of Prince George – Nechako. “We’ve had the idea for a number of years and we’ve finally to the point where we can deliver this to Prince George.”

Prince George Ribfest is a great opportunity for us to bring something unique to the people of Prince George, she said, but also to raise much-needed funds to support the many initiatives Rotary takes on.

The weekend will be filled with all the ingredients needed to cook up the right Ribfest event. Both Friday and Saturday will be divided into family-friendly / all-ages hours, and 19+ adult only hours. With Sunday being entirely all ages. Rib fans can expect to experience Canada’s best ‘ribbers,’ northern B.C.’s most sought after food truck vendors, local live entertainment, and delicious PWB products throughout the weekend.

Additionally, Sunday will include a farmers’-market style shopping area on the property. The all-ages portion of the event is entirely free and non-ticketed, while for the 19+ portion of the event patrons will be charged a $5 cover fee at the door. There are no tickets for the event.

Patrons can expect to see some of the best local entertainment Prince George has to offer. Friday evening will feature more of a country vibe to the entertainment, while Saturday will be more focused on rock. Some of the many bands playing over the three days include, Pink Champagne, Rick Stavely, Coldwater Creek, Audio Union, Studio 720, Good JuJu, Barefoot Friday’s, Far From Linear, Bralorne, and more.