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Ontario Hansard - 30-August2012

Mrs. Jane McKenna: Burlington summers draw to a close with a tasty tradition, Canada's Largest Ribfest, an event that the National Post has dubbed "the Superbowl of ribfests."

This year's event, which runs from lunchtime on August 31 to dinnertime on September 3, beside Lake Ontario in the beautiful Spencer Smith Park, is the 17th annual ribfest-I can't believe that.

As in every year, the event will welcome visitors from all around the globe to taste some of the finest ribs lovingly cooked up by some of North America's top ribbers. It's also a showcase for Burlington's own Fearmans Pork, a key sponsor. Thanks to Fearmans CEO Patrick Sugrue for his involvement.

You don't even need a map. You can smell the ribs for miles, and you drive right down Lakeshore to get there, and the event always draws a crowd. Last year we had 152,000 people walk through the gates at Canada's Largest Ribfest, organized by the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore.

This community event has raised more than $2.3 million for local, national and international charities since it began. I'd like to invite my fellow members and all of Ontario to stop by and get a taste of a great Burlington tradition.


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