What is Ribfest?

Ribfest is a professional barbecue competition that has expanded across North America, travelling from city to city raising money for charitable organizations. It is a community-focused event, usually held in a large park-like setting featuring entertainment, specialty vendors, and children’s entertainment.

Where will the money raised go?

This event will give back to the community by raising money for two local charities, Viola’s Place and Habitat for Humanity Pictou County, through donations from visitors, 50/50, the beverage tent, and more. There are fundraising opportunities for additional community organizations and groups during the event.

Where is Pictou County Ribfest located?

It will be hosted in Downtown New Glasgow at the site of the Glasgow Square Theatre parking lot and surrounding street area.

What is the cost of admission?

There is no cost of admission to Pictou County Ribfest, but we do have donations bottles at our entrance/exit gates as we are raising funds for our local charities; Habitat for Humanity Pictou County and Viola’s Place Society homeless shelter.  Once on site, you will have a fantastic selection of amazing food options, refreshing beverages for purchase, all while taking in the outstanding live entertainment on the main stage!

Do vendors accept debit or credit cards?

Sorry, but this is a cash only event.  There are ATMs in very close proximity to the event site.

Are pets allowed?

The organizers, vendors and sponsors ask that you leave your pets at home when you visit Pictou County Ribfest.  We want to maintain a safe, clean and fun-filled family atmosphere.  On duty service dogs are welcome.

Will there be alcoholic beverages available?

Yes, there will be a licensed area and it is permitted as a restaurant.  This means that your children can accompany you until 8:30pm nightly.

Are children allowed to attend?

This is a family event and we have entertainment that is on site specifically for children to have a ton of fun!  There will be inflatable bounce houses, slide, inflatable axe throwing and a rock wall!  Bracelets will be available!

How do I become a volunteer?

Click on the VOLUNTEERS tab at the top of the page or send an email to pcribfest@gmail.com We are looking for great people to help make Pictou County Ribfest nothing short of AMAZING!

Can I bring in my own food and beverages?

No, we ask that you support the vendors that have travelled a long distance to be here.  For safety purposes, bag inspection will be conducted at the gates.

What other food items are available besides ribs?

We have a wide range of food vendors that will be serving up beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken, sausages, beans, coleslaw, cornbread, fresh cut French fries, butterfly fries, poutine, BLOOMIN’ ONIONS, ultra premium artisan ice cream, chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick, variety of fresh baked goods, Jolly Rancher slushies and the list  goes on!

How do I become a sponsor?

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Pictou County Ribfest, please contact the organizers via email at pcribfest@gmail.com

How do I become a vendor?

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at Pictou County Ribfest, please contact the organizers by sending an email to pcribfest@gmail.com