Sarnia Rib Fest returning for Labour Day weekend

Event raised $9K for charity; organizers hope to raise $12K in 2017

Sarnia Rib Fest, the popular area event that almost didn’t (but did) happen last year, is now officially on the calendar for 2017, returning to Hiawatha Horsepark on Labour Day weekend, September 1-4.

The Northern Heat Rib Series, which came in after the local Kinsmen Club bowed out, hopes to build on last year’s success.

With the significant help of Dana Piggott, whose late father, Dave Johnston, had spearheaded the Kinsmen-sponsored event in the past, Justin Brown and Victor Anastasiadis of Northern Heat Rib Series said they were “blown away” with the support the community showed last year, especially given the short notice.

Media partner David Burrows, who runs The Video Show Network, said organizers are now looking for local businesses and organizations to join the event and help them reach their goal for 2017.

Last year, some $9,000 was raised in support of the Inn of the Good Shepherd, Sarnia Lambton Rebound, and St. Clair Child and Youth.

Those organizations will also be the beneficiaries of this year’s Sarnia Rib Fest, said Burrows.

Brown said his organization is interested in developing new relationships. Northern Heat Rib Series holds several events throughout Ontario, beginning in May.

A full list of the events can be found on the Northern Heat Rib Series website (at

Get the Lambton Shield Daily Brief in your inbox:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.