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Where Blues, BBQ & Culture met on the Central Coast of NSW
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In its 4th year, the Central Coast's Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ is where blues, bbq and culture meet. A fun three day event from 1-3 March 2019 at Mt Penang Event Park, Kangoo Rd, Kariong, tickets are limited as are free camping sites. Check the website for info on tickets; BBQ Judging Applications; accommodation, getting there, general info; festival terms and conditions, and more.

This festival is held annually during the first weekend of March and each year features an International Lineup and the cream of Aussie Blues Acts. The event has grown from strength to strength, encompassing three days and nights of free camping, a huge BBQ competition, Aboriginal Cultural activities and a family fun day on Sunday when kids U12 go FREE. It's a family-friendly, relaxed atmosphere only 2 minutes from the M1 at the Gosford turn off.


On Friday, gates open at 5pm for a 6pm start, with a Welcome to Country. Music will continue to midnight. Saturday, gates open at 10am with music from midday to midnight. Sunday, gates open from 10am to 7pm for all things BBQ, with local bands, demonstrations and kids activities. For anyone camping on Sunday, (applies to season ticket holders only as Sunday ONLY tickets will not be able to camp) a classic Blues documentary will be held from 8pm to close off the night. Stay updated on the event page and interact with the discussions.

Camping will be available each night of the event and will be free with your corresponding festival ticket. Season ticket holders can camp all 3 nights, 2 day Fri & Sat ticket holders can only camp Fri & Sat night & Sat night ticket holders can only camp Sat night.

Festival shuttle buses to the festival will operate to a timetabled service from Umina Beach Public School, Woy Woy Station, Gosford Station and Kariong. Check here for full details

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The BBQ being such a huge part of the event, if you have a passion for BBQ, how about being one of the Judges. All Judges will need to complete a Judge's Course to judge at the BBQ Stand Off. This year, the Judges Course will be held on 28 Feb 2019 at Six Strings Brewery, 4/330 The Entrance Rd, Erina.

Failure to attend means you relinquish your judging position. Check here for full details and the BBQ Event Timetable for the Chicken Wings, Chicken, Lamb, Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs, Brisket, Parmigiana and Steak Turn in, plus SCA Award times and Awards Ceremony and BBQ Stand Off and Steak Cookoff Cash and Prizes.

There's a Bottle & Can Run at the Festival from 5-6pm each night and VOLUNTEERS are needed for 4 hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday to help ensure the collection of redeemable bottles and cans are maximised to raise money for Kariong Eco Garden, a sustainable living learnscape where people can learn about caring for our earth. Enjoy the music and the atmosphere as you work. Find out more on the event page and phone or text Lisa on 0429 431 889, or email: kariongecogarden@gmail.com to VOLUNTEER.

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The 2019 Lineup is off the scales when music royalty like Vika & Linda Bull turn up with their distinctive, versatile and emotionally charged sounds. Since their multiplatinum conquest of pop radio with the Black Sorrows in the late 1980s, the sisters have forged diverse pathways into soul, gospel, blues, country and the island music of their Tongan ancestry, going from strength to strength with Vika taking the lead in At Last The Etta James Story theatre show. A performance that resonates long after you've left the show.

The future is also looking GREAT for the Blues when you have young-uns like Jesse Redwing burning bright. One of the most soulful and authentic blues players in Australia, he's played extensively in a myriad of venues across Australia and been on two USA tours over the past couple of years. He's currently putting the finishing touches on his second Album due for release later in the year.


For a magnetic, energetic gig full of power, check out the Gambirra Mob. They're a force that delivers a world fusion mix of psychedelic roots reggae, soulful funk and dub with social messages and tribal connections. A Passion for empowering female leaders, the band is fronted by 5 highly spirited female artists. Their message is powerful and simple; our spirituality is inseparably linked to the land, we all vibrate with the planet. We are one blood. The Gambirra Mob kick off the event on the Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm so don't miss them.

There's no need to repeat this is an event not to be missed with music from amazing artists to feed the soul and activities for the whole family that includes face painting, boot throwing, ice-cream decorating and of course a pie eating competition. We live in an amazing country and it's important to acknowledge the culture and customs of our first peoples. Come along to experience all the Aboriginal Cultural Activities Girrakool has to offer; from talks to basket weaving to possum cloak making and Aboriginal earth ovens.

Sunday Family Funday Activities has it all for the kids with U12s going FREE. Don't miss the Circus Workshop for all ages from 11am to 1pm, an Introduction to Competition BBQ with Matt Harris from Shire Smokers at 11.15am, a Compost Demonstration with Kariong Eco Gardens at 1.30pm, a BBQ Ribs Demonstration at 2.30pm with Matt again, and the Pie Eating Comp at 3.30pm. A jam-packed event filled with fun and entertainment.


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Why? Central Coast's 4th Girrakool Bues Festival & BBQ
When: 1-3 March 2019: Fri gates open 5pm for a 6pm Start. Sat gates open 10am to midnight. Sun gates open 10am to 7pm.
Where: Mt Penang Gardens & Event Park, Kangoo Rd, Kariong, NSW
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