Blues & BBQ Festival: The biggest BBQ festival in the southern hemisphere
Autumn may have truly dawned upon us, but that’s no excuse not to get outside and enjoy one of Australia’s most popular pastimes; barbequing.
This weekend over 90 of Australia’s best BBQ teams battled it out at the Blues & BBQ festival in picturesque Port Macquarie to impress the Australian BBQ Alliance judging panel and be in with a chance of winning a $10,000 prize pool. Teams competed in various categories including lamb, beef as well as the chef’s choice where each team could create their favourite dish on a BBQ – entries included pizzas, cheesecakes and brownies.
Competitive barbequing has taken off within Australia in the last few years with the rise in food festivals including Sydney’s Meatstock, which welcomed a 10,000 strong crowd. The Blues & BBQ festival, which is in its third successive year is the largest of its kind in all of Australasia and if this year’s event is anything to go by it’s a food phenomenon which is only going to grow.
Festivalgoers were able to get their hands on some of Australia’s best meaty treats fromSmokin’ Grill who offered up American BBQ with a fresh Aussie twist and Vic’s Meat Market, who got low and slow on one of Australia’s biggest smokers. The myriad of mouth-watering meaty cuts, were washed down with cold brews from some of the countries best micro-breweries creating the perfect accompaniment to any autumn evening.
Some of Australia’s top blues artists took to the stage to entertain the excited crowds on the Saturday night including headliner Tex Perkins with his band, The Ape who rocked the masses well into the night. Other artists included crooner Mojo Juju, soul songstress, Sahara Beck and popular indie band, The Tommy Hawks.
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