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March 23, 2016

BRAND NEW! Enjoy #KWRibfest as a VIP


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We’re excited to welcome you back to the Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show, July 15-17, 2016 in Victoria Park (mark your calendars!). Going into our 13th year we want to give you all the things you love about KWRibfest.


Amazing selection of Craft Beer (and NEW breweries!)

Finger lickin’ Ribs & Chicken

Savoury Food Vendors

Rockin’ Live Bands...


PLUS a cool new way to experience KWRibfest. Welcome cool new benefits and say goodbye to lineups.


Enjoy #KWRibfest in the luxury of the VIP tent!


  • VIP wristband, souvenir sample glass, + 5 beer sample tokens
  • $5 food voucher (can be used at any food vendor)
  • Dedicated wait staff to purchase your Ribs for you so you avoid the lineups
  • Access to VIP tent / patio and seating, VIP washrooms AND select breweries within VIP tent
  • Ability to purchase extra beer tokens within VIP tent
  • VIP tickets ARE LIMITED, so you’ll want to grab them while you can.


For VIP tickets and to learn more visit


Share the #KWRibfest VIP Experience by clicking here for a quick and easy tweet! Follow us for event updates at @Impact_Events and on Facebook.

Savour the flavour | #KWRibfest

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September 8, 2015

I want to be the judge at #KingstonRibfest!

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You could WIN one of the best jobs in the world this weekend at Kingston Ribfest!


Join us as a guest judge and savour the flavour of all the mouth watering ribs and chicken your heart could desire! Help our  esteemed panel of judges determine who will win BEST sauce, BEST chicken and BEST ribs!


It's easy, all you have to do is head over to Facebook HERE, or Twitter HERE to enter.


*One winner will be selected from Facebook, one from Twitter so there are TWO chances to WIN. 

Judges need to be on site at Kingston Ribfest in Memorial Centre Park Saturday, September 12 by noon at the main ticket tent (white tent with big blue “Ticket” flags above it). Winner will be notified through social media Thursday afternoon after the contest closes.


Hurry and enter before Thursday, September 10th at noon!


For more info on the Kingston Ribfest & Craft Beer Show visit

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June 12, 2015

KWRibfest now has an app!


Ribfest & Craft Beer Show 

Goes High Tech With LoyaltyMatch


That's right, KWRibfest now has an app! Craft beer fans and brewers will get to know each other better using a digital passport mobile app this year 


We're working with LoyaltyMatch to provide this "Digital Passport" for the 12th annual Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show,July 17-19.


By accessing the "Digital Passport" on your smartphone you can interact with craft brewers using game and contest features. Rate what you sample, keep notes, share your opinions directly with brewers and share your reviews with the world via social media. Each note made in the passport will result in it being stamped automatically. Those who collect a special stamp for completing an online survey will be entered into a draw to win a Broil King BBQ. 


"We are always looking for ways to set our events apart and we believe the digital passport will do that this year. Working with the team at LoyaltyMatch to offer the passport means attendees and vendors will benefit in a way that no other festival like this can offer. Attendees take home memories and vendors are left with information and data that will help them grow their businesses," said Guy Exley, Impact Events Group principal.  


VISIT to get the KWRibfest app!

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May 19, 2015

We've Got Plenty Brewing for #KWRibfest


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2015 marks the 12th Anniversary of the Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show, with over 30 000 attendees savouring the flavours of barbequed ribs and chicken, great craft-brewed beer, with live entertainment - all in the open atmosphere of Victoria Park.



We're VERY excited to announce our partnership with Presenting Sponsor Kitchener Honda. The dealership (located at 3800 King St East, Kitchener) will host a KWRibfest ‘drive thru’ prior to the festival (keep your eyes peeled for that!) and be on site at KWRibfest with part of their fleet.


We also welcome elite hot tub dealer Arctic Spas who will be on site throughout the 3 day festival showcasing their beautiful product.


Driverseat Kitchener will have multiple coachmen on standby for guests of KWRibfest to get them and their vehicle safely home as well as opportunitieis to win cool prizes.


The festival appreciates the continued support of Broil King BBQ, DaveFM, and Little Electric.


The Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show has also announced it will partner with the Waterloo Region Museum to kick off BEER! The Exhibit with a special Father’s Day Craft Beer Festival Sunday, June 21 from 11am- 5pm. DON'T MISS THIS AWESOME EVENT!





KWRibfest will feature a whopping 20 craft breweries this summer, the largest line up of craft brewers to date, making it the largest craft-

only ribfest across the country. New breweries include Black Swan Brewing, Broadhead Brewing, Elora Brewing Company, Junction Craft Brewing, MacLean’s Ales, and The Collingwood Brewery.



After an incredible response in 2014 advance tickets will be back by popular demand, sold at local restaurants and pubs. Advance tickets allow attendees to bypass the usual lines, going straight to the advance tickets holder queue, where glass, wristband and tokens are prepackaged and ready.


For more information visit


For more info or to set up an interview please contact:

Guy Exley

Event Manager, Impact Events Group Inc.

Telephone: 519-579-3017




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May 11, 2015

Father's Day Craft Beerfest at Waterloo Region Museum

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Possibly the BEST Father's Day gift EVER!


A special Father's Day Craft Beer Festival will take place on Sunday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Doon Heritage Village featuring amazing local craft brewers:

Wellington Brewery
StoneHammer Brewing
Waterloo Brewing
Descendants Beer & Beverage Co.
Innocente Brewing Company
Elora Brewing Company
Block Three Brewing Company

PLUS! Musical entertainment by

'No Discernible Key’, and food trucks Gastro Grub and Ish and Chips.


The event is presented in collaboration with the Downtown Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer Show (AKA #KWRibfest).


Admission to the festival is $20 plus HST per person and includes admission to BEER! The Exhibit, five sample beer tokens, and a souvenir glass. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 519-748-1914.


BEER! The Exhibit opens this summer at the Waterloo Region Museum. On exhibit from June 19, 2015 to January 3, 2016, this exciting, new exhibition created by the Waterloo Region Museum will focus on over 175 years of brewing tradition in Waterloo Region and the history of brewing, selling and consuming beer in Canada.


“Learn how beer is made, the impact Prohibition had on the brewing industry, and the evolution of 

craft breweries. From public houses to bars, Temperance societies to drinking responsibly –

explore the cultural and social influences of beer,” Tom Reitz, Manager/Curator of the 

Waterloo Region Museum.


This Father's Day raise your glass to Dad, or just come out to enjoy some fine craft beer at the Waterloo Region Museum's Father's Day Craft Beer Festival.


For more info, CLICK HERE.

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August 19, 2014

Best of Waterloo Region Nominations | Vote for #KWRibfest!

The Cord Community is giving you the chance to vote for the best of Waterloo Region! 


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Nominate the Best of the Kitchener Waterloo under:

-Food & Drink


-Live, work, and play << If you LOVE KWRibfest, here's your chance to nominate us!!

-Notable Folks/groups


It only takes a second to fill out the form with your nomination(s)! Best of luck to all the nominees!

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June 12, 2014

Block 3 Brewmaster's Dinner @ Martini's

Thursday June 19th at 6:30 pm, enjoy a 3-Course Menu created by Executive Chef Shea Robinson paired with selections by Block Three's very own Brewmaster and Graham Spence.



Block 3 Dinner & Beer Pairings

First Course: King Street Saison
Confit pork belly and seared scallops with cauliflower puree, pickled local fiddleheads, Block 3 saison Gastrique
Main Course: Florida Olde Ale
Duck Duo, earl grey tea smoked duck breast on barley risotto with cipollini onions and a duck confit croquette with rhubarb chutney
Last Course: Sugar Bush Brown Ale
Warm chocolate quinoa cake, Block 3 sugar bush ice cream, chocolate soil, salted caramel



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June 9, 2014

Purchase Advance Tickets to #KWRibfest!


For the FIRST TIME EVER you can

purchase advance tickets to #KWRibfest!


Hate lineups? Here's your chance to beat 'em by grabbing your advance tickets package!





at 5 of our favourite local  craft beer spots:


The Bent Elbow


Borealis Grille & Bar

Gastropub No.29

Imbibe Food/Drink


Limited quantity guys, grab them while you can! ;)

See you at #KWRibfest


Let your friends know there are advance tickets!

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May 4, 2014

WIN an Adventure with Town and Country Discoveries Map

Enter to WIN an adventure in Southwestern Ontario with the Town & Country Discoveries Map


Discover your chance to WIN fabulous prizes from Town & Country Discoveries destinations. Prizes will be awarded every month.


So many chances to WIN!





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April 23, 2014

Mighty Machines Announces NEW Location for 2014


Mighty Machines Showcase to be held at

Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort!




Mighty Machines Showcase Announcement


We've loved our time at Bingemans, but it's time for a MIGHTY new location!

#MightyMachines Showcase will be held at Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort Saturday, September 6, 2014!


The Mighty Machines Showcase is a family oriented community event that brings Mighty Machines to life, providing adults and kids a chance to see construction and other service vehicles up close.  

Touch them!  Investigate them! Talk to the people that operate them!  


Since 2004, over 33,000 people have attended Mighty Machines, raising $16,500 for charity.  For 2014, the charity will once again be Strong Start.




and say hi to our friends at @Chicopee_Resort!


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