What is the Cost of Admission?

Free! There is no entry fee to Bowmanville Rockin’ Rotary Ribs and Brews.

However, at the gates members of the Bowmanville Older Adults Association, working in conjunction with Rotary, will be asking for donations. Donations are strictly at your discretion.

What are the hours of operation?

Friday, June 8th Noon – 11 pm

Saturday, June 9th Noon – 11 pm

Sunday, June 10th Noon – 8 pm

(Including Midway)


Bowmanville Rockin’ Rotary Ribs and Brews is one of the most anticipated events of the summer in Clarington. Every year, people from throughout southern Ontario and beyond flock to Bowmanville for three days of fun and great tasting ribs.

Ribs and Brews is a licensed event and alcohol can be purchased during the event. Ribs and Brews is also a family event, and we encourage everyone to enjoy themselves, be responsible with your alcohol consumption, and don’t drink and drive.

Are kids welcome?

Absolutely YES!

Ribs and Brews is a Family Friendly event. We have entertainment for every age group. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. However, note that the music in the evening will be targeted to adults.

Can I bring my dog or other pets?

No pets may enter the event.

Service animals, on the other hand, are not only permitted, they are welcomed.

We’ve Moved! Where are we?

Clarington Fields, 2375 Baseline Rd. Bowmanville (Baseline Rd. and Green Rd.)

Is parking available?

Yes! 650 free parking spots are available on site.

Additional parking will also be available at the Baseline Community Centre

There will also be a shuttle bus running every 20 minutes stopping at convenient locations through town. A map will be posted on our site closer to the event.

A limited number of Handicap parking spaces are available on site. Permits must be displayed.

Do ribbers or vendors accept Visa/MasterCard or Debit?

No. Bowmanville Rockin’ Rotary Ribs and Brews is a “cash only” event. However, there are ATM’s on-site for your convenience.

What is the Craft Beer Village?

This feature was added to our event in 2015 with great success. The Craft Beer Village features more than 30 craft beers ciders and coolers from across Ontario. The Village also has a smaller stage featuring more intimate, acoustic atmosphere.

What other kinds of foods are available?

Some rib teams have beef ribs as well as pork ribs. Ribbers and other food vendors offer chicken, salads, coleslaw, baked beans, pizza, french fries, doughnuts, ice cream, roast corn, sweets & treats and more.

Are there vegetarian and gluten free foods available?

Yes. Some vendors offer salads, bloomin’ onions and corn-on-the-corn. Gluten free sauces available – ask the Ribber.

What is the price of Ribs?

Full Rack $23.00 Chicken & Pulled Pork $15.00

1/2 Rack $13.00 1/2 Chicken $12.00

1/3 Rack $9.00 Pulled Pork Sandwich $8.00

Chicken & Ribs $17.00 Beans & Coleslaw $3.00

*Prices and Food Items may vary and are subject to change

Can I smoke at Bowmanville Ribs and Brews?

The short answer is no.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act prohibits smoking on publicly owned sports fields, playgrounds as well as outdoor patios of eating establishments (amongst other places). Our event is held on the grounds of a sporting field /playground. As such, smoking will only be permitted in specially designated areas.

Are there volunteering opportunities?

The success of the event is dependent on the efforts of the volunteers. There are hundreds of positions to be filled. Community Service credit is available. Please visit the Volunteer section by clicking here.

Where does the money go?

Ribs and Brews is organized by the Bowmanville Rotary Club. 100% of all money raised goes to support important local and international causes while holding a fun and safe event for all ages. 90% of the money raised goes directly to local causes such as respite care for families with special needs. The remaining 10% goes toward causes such as the eradication of Polio and providing clean drinking water to villages in the third world. To learn more about Bowmanville Rotary and Rotary International, go to http://www.bowmanvillerotaryclub.org/

What bands are playing and when?

View the up-to-date entertainment listings and schedule under the Entertainment Page on our website.

Is there anything else to do while I’m at Ribfest?

Yes! We have vendors selling many different things, face painting, Human Foozball, a midway and much more!

I’m interested in having a booth to sell my products or handicrafts. How can I become a vendor?

Please email [email protected] to connect with our Sponsorship Coordinator for full details.

Who do we contact if we have any additional questions about Bowmanville Ribs and Brews?

Please email us at [email protected]