Rhubarb Fest 2017 – Saturday June 3

Rhubarb Fest returns for its fifth year on Saturday June 3 from 11am to 5pm! Come visit us in Southwood, the festival takes place at 11 Sackville Drive SW, Calgary, AB.

Come out for another day of family fun and activities. Our permanent skatepark will once again be surrounded by a variety of activities, transforming the open fields behind our community hall into a vibrant community festival.

  • Free Face Painting from Terrific Face Painting
  • Amaze Arts Craft Zone
  • Pedalheads obstacle course
  • Sky High bouncers
  • Market Place – with vendors, organizations and City departments on site
  • Live Music – powered by our friends from BassBus
  • Village Brewery Beer Garden
  • Butterfield Acres petting zoo
  • A cash BBQ serving up Spolumbo’s sausages with strawberry-rhubarb pie
  • Springfree Trampoline

Thanks to Bassbus for booking some talented musicians to perform at our festival this year! Give them a listen now and then come hear them live on June 3rd.

Chris Austman (https://chrisaustman.bandcamp.com/)
Mariel Buckley (https://www.facebook.com/marielb123/)
Justine Vandergrift (https://www.facebook.com/JustineVandergriftMusic/)
Steel & Timber (https://www.steel-and-timber.com/)
Deicha Carter & the Voodoos (https://www.facebook.com/DEICHAVOO/)

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Rhubarb Fest 2016 – summarized

Rhubarb Fest 2016

Our 4th annual Rhubarb Fest was amazing! Thank you to all our volunteers and everyone that came out and had a great day in the sun.

We kicked off the festival with the official grand opening of the new Southwood skatepark. Our festival grew in size in 2016 and the skatepark was a central piece in the middle of all the other activities. It has been very popular for all ages and skill levels since it opened, and it was no exception at Rhubarb Fest! It was great to see so many different people using it and enjoying Southwood’s newest amenity.

We once again collected donations for the Calgary Food Bank and thanks to the generosity of people attending we collected 320 pounds of food donations.

This event would not be possible without a small army of volunteers. This year we had 52 volunteers help us with the festival. A huge thank you to the community volunteers that came out to help set up the festival, take on key positions during the festival and assist with the tear down of the festival! We truly appreciate everything you did and hundreds of people had a fantastic day due to your efforts.

RHUBARBFEST BY THE NUMBERS

  • 52 volunteers
  • 12 new Southwood community memberships sold
  • 47 vendors and organizations
  • 5 bands
  • 1 obstacle course
  • 1 craft zone
  • 1 magician – James Jordan
  • 1 caricature artist – Rob Milton
  • 4 Face Painters
  • 1 Petting Zoo
  • 4 Kid Bouncers
  • 88% of our waste recycled or composted
  • 320 lbs of food collected for the Calgary Food Bank
  • 650 sausages and veggie dogs
  • 414 pieces of rhubarb pie
  • 504 pints of beer and glasses of wine

We once again partnered with Village Brewery and this year we also sold Field Stone Fruit Wines in our beer garden. We cooked up Spolumbo’s sausages on the BBQ, served up strawberry-rhubarb pie. We partnered with X92.9 radio station and in addition to promoting the festival, they joined us on location.

We had five bands perform this year: Steel & Timber, Tanner James, Windigo, Jesse and the Dandelions, and Copperhead. BassBus was on location taking care of all the bands’ sound needs this year.

We once again had a market place which included 47 tables of local artists and artisans, Calgary Weekend Market, City departments, local businesses and organizations.

RHUBARB FEST YOUTH ACTIVITIES

There was a lot for kids to take part in and the following activities were quite popular:

  • Sky High Bouncers
  • Butterfield Acres Petting Zoo
  • Springfree Trampolines
  • Terrrrrific Face Painting
  • The Amaze Arts’ Craft Zone
  • The Activity Zone
  • Pedalheads’ Obstacle Course
  • James Jordan’s magic shows

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

Green Event Services once again helped us with Rhubarb Fest’s waste management. This was a huge success as we increased our diversion rate to 88% this year, compared to 82% in 2015. Village Brewery provided compostable pint glasses and the community association purchased compostable products for the BBQ: plates, napkins, and cutlery. Plus, the drink cups at the water station were also compostable.

Due to the efforts of everyone involved we were able to divert 88% of our waste away from the landfill. Only 9kg of waste went to the landfill, this was an improvement from 14kg in 2015. In total, 66kg of waste was diverted from the landfill to compost, mixed recycling or beverage container recycling.

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

We would like to recognize a variety of partners and sponsors that helped make Rhubarb Fest 2016 a success.

  • Servus Credit Union
  • Dr. Jennifer Bradshaw – chiropractor
  • Planet Organic Market
  • Amaze Arts
  • Youth Central
  • Western One Rentals
  • X92.9 radio station
  • Blush Lane organic market
  • Calgary Weekend Market
  • Councillor Brian Pincott
  • MLA Brandy Payne
  • City of Calgary
  • Village Brewery
  • Field Stone Fruit Wines
  • Calgary Association of Skateboard Enthusiasts
  • Green Event Services
  • Spolumbos
  • Springfree Trampoline
  • Sky High Bouncers
  • ATCO Gas
  • BassBus
  • Landlocked Management
  • James Jordan – magician
  • Rob Milton – caricature artist
  • Butterfield Acres petting zoo

It was another successful year! See you June 3 from 11am to 5pm at Rhubarb Fest 2017.

Live Music

This year we are excited to have the following talented musicians on location entertaining us:

  • 12 – 12:45pm : Steel & Timber
  • 1 – 1:45pm : Tanner James
  • 2 – 2:45pm : Windigo
  • 3 – 3:45pm : Jesse & the Dandelions
  • 4 – 4:45pm : Copperhead

Steel&Timber[1]Steel & Timber are local artists that you may recognize from a CTrain ride during the Junos: http://www.cbc.ca/…/ctrain-live-music-buskers-juno-awards-c…

We are very excited to have these local talented buskers bring their sound to our festival. Give their Facebook Page a like: http://ow.ly/10sCOy

12512221_1701945853423512_367340206682867127_n[1]Tanner James brings his energy and talent to our festival stage this year.

“I learned to write songs on a beach in Maryland when I was twenty-years-old. I was sleeping in a hammock in the woods on the edge of town trying to make a girl fall in love with me. Busking for change on a boardwalk on the beach will almost certainly put words in your mouth.” – Tanner James

Facebook Page: http://ow.ly/10sHk2

WindigoWindigo: “Dreamy melodies and sun kissed summer vibes take you to somewhere warm and far away.”

Windigo will be hitting the festival stage this year. So come out, grab a cold drink and enjoy their high energy show!!

Facebook Page: http://ow.ly/10sKED

dandelionsJesse and the Dandelions recently played during JUNOfest and will bring their sound to our festival! They have been described as an “art/space pop band” and their sound described as “string sections and heavily layered vocal harmonies push accessible pop hooks into more psychedelically complex and intriguing harmonic territory”. Give them a listen here: https://soundcloud.com/jesseandthe…/…/a-mutual-understanding.

Facebook Page: http://ow.ly/10sMUy

Copperhead[1]Copperhead will be at this year’s festival! Come out and enjoy their soulful, throaty motown, swaggering rock & roll and folk sound on Saturday June 4!

Facebook Page: http://ow.ly/10Arl1

Rhubarb Fest 2015 – a great success!

Wow! June 6 was a hot and beautiful day for the third annual Rhubarbfest. Our water station was very well used and hundreds of people came out to enjoy the festival.

We once again collected donations for the Calgary Food Bank and thanks to the generosity of people attending we collected three large boxes of food donations.

This event would not be possible without a small army of volunteers. This year we had over 50 volunteers help make the festival happen, including 30 from Youth Central and 25 from the community. We rely heavily on Youth Central for volunteer support at our community events and we are grateful to have them as a partner. A huge thank you to the community volunteers that came out to help set up the festival, take on key positions during the festival and assist with the tear down of the festival! We truly appreciate everything you did and hundreds of people had a fantastic day due to your efforts.

RHUBARBFEST BY THE NUMBERS

  • 750 attendees
  • 58 volunteers
  • 47 vendors and organizations
  • 4 bands
  • 82% of our waste recycled or composted
  • 3 boxes of donations for the Food Bank
  • 500 sausages and 400 pieces of rhubarb pie

This year we partnered with Village Brewery and had a beer garden. We cooked up Spolumbo’s sausages on the BBQ, served up strawberry-rhubarb pie. Plus, Marble Slab was on site with delicious ice cream on a super hot day. Mac’s Froster Van was popular as people lined up for their slushies. We partnered with The Peak 95.3 radio station and they were very supportive in promoting our festival.

We had four bands perform this year: Michael Wood Band, Jenavive, Connor James and Mitch Belot. We once again had a market place which included over 40 tables of local artists and artisans, Calgary Weekend Market, City departments, local businesses and organizations. The City of Calgary mobile skatepark was on location and it was fun to watch the skateboarders pull off different tricks.

RHUBARB FEST YOUTH ACTIVITIES

There was a lot for kids to take part in and the following onsite activities were quite popular:

  • Sky High Bouncers
  • Butterfield Acres Petting Zoo
  • Springfree Trampolines
  • Terrrrrific Face Painting
  • The Craft Zone
  • The Activity Zone

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

This year we partnered with Green Event Services to help us with waste management at Rhubarb Fest. This was a huge success. Marble Slab Creamery, Village Brewery, Mac’s Froster and Good Earth Cafe all used compostable product for their cups and containers. The community association used compostable products for the BBQ: plates, napkins, and cutlery. Plus, the drink cups at the water station were also compostable.

Due to the efforts of everyone involved we were able to divert 82% of our waste away from the landfill. In fact, 53% of our waste was diverted to compost. A total of 13.86kg of waste went to the landfill compared to 64.71kg of waste that was diverted to compost, mixed recycling or beverage container recycling.

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

We would like to recognize a variety of partners and sponsors that helped make Rhubarb Fest 2015 a success.

  • Southwood Veterinary Hospital
  • Dr. Jennifer Bradshaw – chiropractor
  • Planet Organic Market
  • ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen
  • All State Insurance Company of Canada
  • Western One Rentals
  • The Peak 95.3 radio station
  • Purified Water Store
  • Trico Centre
  • Blush Lane
  • Marin & Judy Lefebvre
  • Salt Spring Soap Works
  • Councillor Brian Pincott
  • City of Calgary
  • Village Brewery
  • Green Event Services
  • ATCO Gas

It was another successful year! See you next June at Rhubarb Fest 2016.