After Covid scuppered plans for its 2020 event – and a subsequent summer spin-off earlier this year – Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival returns to regular programming this winter.
Running from July 23 to 25 at the Adelaide Showground, this year’s event will have the festival’s largest barbeque and chef line-up to date, plus more than 100 local and national brewers, cider makers, distillers and winemakers, a cracking live music program and more.
Visiting pitmasters include Mornington Peninsula’s Red Gum BBQ and Sydney’s Black Iron Smokers, who are flying in for the event alongside Melbourne food truck legend Raph Rashid (Beatbox Kitchen), Argentinian barbeque master Señor BBQ and popular Filipino street food vendors Hoy Pinoy.
Joining them are locals Boston Bay Smallgoods x Smokin Grillers, Ragi’s Indian BBQ and Izakaya Kevin (with plenty more vendors to be announced.)
The brewer line-up is still under wraps, but you can expect one-off beers and special collaborations for the event, alongside a range of cider, wine and spirits. Plus, Gilbert Street Hotel’s International Dark Bar, a “Shit Can Tavern”, and the Beer and BBQ Festival debut of wine-party purveyor Wine Country.
The Smith Street Band heads the music line-up for their first Adelaide show since 2019, alongside pop-punk favourites Bodyjar and 28 Days, and country rockers Wagons (frontman Henry Wagons is also on MC duties over the three days). They’ll be joined by Jess Locke, Scabz and long-time Cherry Bar resident DJ Mermaid (and more to be announced).
There’ll also be an inaugural barbeque competition, the return of the “beer bod” wet T-shirt comp, a pop-up tattoo studio, barbeque masterclasses, panel discussions and a family- and pet-friendly Sunday session.
“We can’t wait to light the fire barrels again, it’s been a very long time coming,” says festival director Aaron Sandow. “It’s no secret last year was a tough year for the events industry, but it’s allowed us to go away and rethink the festival, add some really cool elements that nobody has seen before and spend a lot of time on producing our biggest festival to date. We are pretty stoked with what’s in store.
“We know what amazing SA talent we have, but we are also really excited to welcome back brewers, bands and chefs from all over the country that we have always wanted to see at BBF.”
Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival runs from July 23 to 25 at the Adelaide Showground. Tickets are available online now