Canada Day 2020 will include a drive-thru ribfest in Burlington, Ont.

The COVID-19 pandemic means Canada’s Largest Ribfest at Spencer Smith Park in Burlington will not happen this summer.

The Rotary Club of Burlington-Lakeshore has found a creative way to keep the tradition alive, however, in a scaled-down, physically distanced sort of way.

It will be hosting a drive-thru ribfest on Canada Day, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., in the Burlington Centre parking lot at Fairview St and Guelph Line.

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Guests will pull into the parking lot from the Guelph Line entrance, stay in their vehicles and have food vendors in gloves and masks take and deliver their orders.

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Four award-winning barbecue teams from Camp 31 BBQ, Billy Bones BBQ, Pistol Pete’s Smokehouse, and Uncle Sam’s BBQ. will be in attendance serving their ribs, pulled pork and chicken.

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In 24 years of hosting Canada’s Largest Ribfest, Rotary Burlington-Lakeshore has raised more than $3.5 million for local, national and international charities.

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President Jay Thomblison says the drive-thru event is about bringing back some of what was lost during the COVID-19 pandemic and inserting “some fun” into the summer of 2020.

Thomblison hopes the community will come and enjoy the event. adding that they are “still aiming to have a great celebration” in 2021.

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