Barbies, Barbeques, BBQs. No matter what you call them, we Aussies love them. The Brisbane BBQ Festival is back and it is bigger and better, on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 31 July, from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm each day. You know that 10,000 people can't be wrong - that's how many people visited over the weekend last year. The festival was sold out for the last three years, so don't wait too long to get your tickets.
Vegetarian BBQ (image by writer)
Food: There will be 20 food sites, all who are passionate about barbeques and can serve large volumes of food to minimise waiting times. Vendors include a range of BBQ and non-BBQ stalls, both indoors and outdoors.
There will be a fully licensed bar for the over 18s with beer, wine, spirits and cocktails.
Market stalls and Expo:
Browse 40 beautifully presented market stalls selling all manner of barbeque accouterments such as thermometers and products like jerky, seasoned rubs, pickles and smoked honey. And yes, you will be able to taste and try before you buy.
BBQ Competition (image by writer)
BBQ competition: Watch 80 teams compete for the Australian Barbeque Association sanctioned competition with a prize pool of over $15,000. The six categories are chicken, pork ribs, pork brisket, beef ribs and lamb. You are sure to pick up some great recipes and tips.
Entertainment: As well as enjoying the BBQ competition, there will be plenty of entertainment including live music, a chilli eating contest, mechanical bull rodeo contest (yeeha!) and BBQ master classes. Children are catered for too. In fact, the festival is very family friendly: kids under 12 years old are admitted for free and there will be a dedicated Kids' Area with various activities for the little ones.
VIP Experience (image from organiser's website)
VIP Experience: Want the best experience at the Brisbane BBQ Festival? Then get your mates together and enjoy the VIP Experience. Here is what you get as a VIP:
Entry to the Brisbane BBQ Festival.
Exclusive seating in the private undercover VIP Area.
A very welcome, welcome-drink.
Finger-licking good food from the Carnivores' Feasting Platters exclusive to the VIPs.
Reserved seating for the entire four hour session so that you can come and go as you please.
Dedicated hospitality team to cater for all your needs with full table service.
VIP amenities, including table service, toilets and smoking area.
All VIP Experience attendees receive an exclusive Brisbane BBQ Festival souvenir.
Tickets: ADULTS over 18 years of age Limited First Release: $15 each day plus booking fee Limited 2 Day Pass: $30 plus booking fee
Second Release: $20 plus booking fee
Daily Ticket (at the gate): $25.
TEENS 13 to 17 year olds (with parent or guardian)
Online: $10 plus booking fee
At the Gate: $15.
KIDS 12 years old and under (with parent or guardian) are FREE.
Lunch Session: from opening at 11.00 am to 3.00 pm is $99.
Dinner Session: from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm is $99.