May 22nd was the official kick-off of summer in Brampton with the 11th annual Rotary Rib N Roll, conveniently located right downtown at Gage Park. It was the first in the season of events hosted by the Rotary Club of Brampton and known as the start to long days of summer heat and fun in the sun. The Rotary Rib N Roll was a three day event with non-stop live music and entertainment, a family day sponsored by Ward Funeral Home Brampton and most importantly, RIBS. Admission into the park was a voluntary donation with proceeds this year going to Tour for Kids, Erinoak Kids, and Rotary Youth projects.
Whether you’re from Brampton or not, everyone can enjoy the fair-type atmosphere and the good food. This year the featured ribbers were: Jake’s Boathouse, Louisiana Seafood Oyster Bar and Grill, Big Z’s Smokehouse, RD’s Southern BBQ, and Turtle Jack’s Muskoka Grill. Even if you aren’t that into ribs, there is other food and side dishes on offer. But seriously, who isn’t into ribs?!
Pro tip: Go with a friend or two and split up at the ribber lines, then come together after picking up your half or full rack and spare a rib for your mate. This way you will all get a chance to try different rib sauces. Sharing is caring after all.
Each year this event grows in popularity, but hasn’t yet outgrown the space. Picnic table seating is easy to find. Afterwards, bring along a lawn chair or blanket and plop yourself down, front row of the stage, and enjoy the bands and all the people dancing like nobody is watching. Everyone is welcome to the Rib N Roll, whether you are looking for an evening out (doors close at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday) a lazy afternoon food sampling, or something to do with the kiddies. One and all are bound to have a good time.
Be sure to mark this May weekend in your calendar for next year. You won’t want to miss out on the fun.