Organizers were hoping the pandemic might lift in time for Esquimalt Ribfest 2020, but ultimately decided to postpone the community event for 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt Ribfest 2020 cancelled by COVID-19

Organizers had hoped for a ‘pandemic shift’

Another popular Greater Victoria event has been cancelled by COVID-19.

Organizers of Esquimalt Ribfest announced Tuesday that the three-day event, scheduled for Sept. 11 to 13, was postponed.

“We held off as long as could, hoping for a ‘pandemic shift,’” wrote organizer Tom Woods. “But sadly the time has come to officially postpone Esquimalt Ribfest 2020.”

The annual event typically takes over Esquimalt’s Bullen Park for three nights, offering free admission and featuring ribs, local beer, artisans, vendors and kids games. Each night includes live music, often by Vancouver Island bands and performers.

READ ALSO: Esquimalt Ribfest releases 2019 lineup

In seven years, Ribfest has raised more than $500,000 for local charities, Woods wrote.

“[We] are proud of the fact that 100 per cent of funds raised go back into the community to people and organizations that need them the most.”

With the financial and social impacts of COVID-19 hitting the community, organizers hope to raise funds virtually for the Esquimalt Firefighters Charitable Foundation.

For those who can, donations can be made at esquimaltfirefighters.ca/donate.

Esquimalt Ribfest is expected to be back from Sept. 10 to 12, 2021.

READ ALSO: Ribs, beer, live music this weekend at the Esquimalt Ribfest


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