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Hoot in' and hollerin' at bluegrass festival
In the Byron Bay hinterland, serious BBQ cooks and banjo pickers are warming up for the inaugural Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass Festival. A not-for-profit event, the festival will be raising funds to benefit arts and cultural activities in NSW's Northern Rivers.
So what's happening at the festival? There'll be a BBQ cook off with the chance to take out the first prize worth $1000. Teams of three can compete for an entry fee of $100. Amateurs and professionals alike will be cooking pork, beef, chicken or ribs supplied by farmgate-to-plate local providores. What makes a BBQ great? Festival organiser, Fletcher Potanin says, "A good BBQ is all about the best cuts, a creative mix of spices and sauces, and your special use of heat, time and smoke. Low and slow is the age old BBQ mantra."
First Prize $1,000
The vegetarians haven't been forgotten amongst all this BBQ activity and there will be plenty of complementary catering including a salad bar showcasing local recipes from the Bangalow Banquet Cook Book. The cook book has been produced as a fundraiser for local Bangalow schools and will be on sale on the day. Local students will also be running $2 Kids' Games to raise funds for arts programs in their schools.
A Picker's Competition will see musicians picking their banjo, guitar, fiddle or mandolin and vying for a first prize of $250.
For Bluegrass enthusiasts, you'll be entertained by a great line-up including The Mid North, The Stetson Family, The Morrisons, Starboard Cannons, River Mountain Riot, Heartworn Highway and Barkers Vale Brothers.
Details for entering competitions can be found on the website and should you have any queries, you can contact the festival organisers via the Facebook page.