The sun is shining and the air is redolent with smoke and the smell of roasting meats. Yep, the Brisbane BBQ Festivalreturns in 2019, bringing together some of Queensland's best barbeque chefs, quality meats, and a whole lot of barbeques.
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The concept is simple - if it's cooked low and slow over a fire, you'll probably find it here. There will be over a dozen food stalls to satisfy all cravings, from expected offerings like brisket and sausages, to crowd-pleasers like doughnuts and nachos, to unusual offerings like raclette, a cheesy Swiss dish. And if two days of barbeque isn't enough, you can bring some of the deliciousness home with you. Take a stroll through the market and expo displays to find a new marinade or chilli sauce, or barbeque adjacent snacks like roasted nuts and beef jerky.
But the real attraction is the Brisbane BBQ Championship, where Queensland's best compete to be crowned Brisbane's Best Barbequer and win a share of the $17 000 prize pool. Teams are giving a wood-fired pit and twelve hours to present the most succulent, mouth-watering creation. Audience members can get up close and personal to get feedback, check out new techniques, and even sample the final product.
If you're not competing and you've finished eating, there will be a two-day line up of shows and entertainment for all tastes. Check out cooking demonstrations and eating competitions (including a bobbing for apples competition for the kiddies) on the main stage, or check out music by Brisbane bands like the Sugar Shakers and the Long Johns on the live music stage. And this year's festival will enjoy a special guest - Jolene, the largest offset smoker in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Brisbane BBQ Festival is a convenient way for barbeque enthusiasts to check out what's new. Just don't forget the baby wipes!