Deputy Mayor Mike Ross may have found a way to bring Ribfest to Midland after all! In a report prepared for Council’s consideration tonight he writes “I have reached out to a very reputable organization, “Northern Heat Rib Series” and they have confirmed that they will add us to their busy summer schedule for the September long weekend. (Friday September 2nd – Sunday September 4th, 2016)”
This great news comes on the heals of a disappointing announcement that the other organizer hoping to host a Ribfest was unable to meet the requirements and had to call off the event.
Midland Rib Fest will be a family oriented food and music festival taking place at Harbourside Park, on September 2-4, 2016. The event will be FREE OF CHARGE and the focus of the event is to bring the community together in a common place to enjoy the summer weather. The event will feature 20 food vendors; each providing unique food offerings. The feature of the event is the professional rib teams that come in from across Canada. Live music and entertainment will take place on the event’s stage located on-site. Entertainment will consist of rock/country bands and line dancing performances.
Midland Rib Fest will feature an SOP (alcohol sales & consumption) area on-site. This area will be patrolled by off duty police officers as well as 8 (eight) licensed security. The SOP area will have a capacity of 850 persons. A very detailed Operational Plan has been submitted and sent to both our police and the AGCO for review. Midland Rib Fest will aim to produce a family event that the community can be proud of and bring back annually.
Dates and Times: Friday (4PM – 11PM) Saturday (11AM – 11PM) Sunday (11AM – 11PM)
If approved by Council, Midland Rib Fest will be part of the Northern Heat Rib Series which consists of 15 events across Ontario. St Thomas Rib Fest, the original event in the series won the 2014 Spirit of St Thomas Award for #1 event and again in 2015.
Their organization aims to produce this quality of event each and every time. Northern Heat Rib Series was founded by Justin Brown, the owner of Fourword Thinking. Through his work with Fourword Thinking, Justin was able to work on organizing over 400+ events. These included music festivals, charity golf tournaments, speaker series, corporate functions, and community events.
Staff are recommending council’s approval to have Northern Heat Rib Series operate Midland’s first annual Rib Fest at the Harbour September 2nd – September 4th, 2016. The event was approved in principle and moves on to the planning stage with the Town staff. Great news.