Returning to Adelaide next month, the Beer & BBQ Festival (BBF) is Australia’s second-largest celebration of ales. But this year’s menu – curated by festival ambassador Duncan Welgemoed (Africola) – really ups the ante in the food stakes. Some of the country’s best barbeque chefs are Adelaide-bound, along with renegade Canadian culinary star Matty Matheson, who’s back in town for a second consecutive year.
Food truck-turned-Port Adelaide institution Low & Slow American BBQ returns to BBF wielding its signature Southern hospitality and smoked meats. Set to pull a few all-nighters, the team will fire meats over red gum on a big brick barbeque pit. Expect pork shoulder, brisket and turkey breast. They’re also collaborating with pitmaster Wes Griffiths from Sydney’s Texan-style barbeque joint Bovine & Swine, pit-roasting his “whole hog” (with special barbeque sauce).
It’s the third year of BBF for Alana Brabin (ex-Lyndoch Hill chef) whose passion for game meats birthed her aptly named project If You’re Game. Brabin will pair up with one of her favourite chefs – the revered Analiese Gregory from Franklin in Hobart. Championing local ingredients (such as Birdwood venison) she’s hoping to “push the boundaries and preconceptions punters have about barbeque”.
Shannon Martinez (from Melbourne’s plant-based Smith & Daughters) is plotting a ballsy vegan burger with a “Beyond Burger” patty – a revolutionary plant-based patty that looks and cooks like beef. It’ll be crowned with piping-hot liquid blue “cheese” (made with roquefort culture and cashews); crisp-fried, soy-based “bacon”; and a celeriac remoulade. “Last year at Beer & BBQ I sold out of three days of prep in the first day,” she tells Broadsheet. This time around she’s upping quantities.
Also keep an eye out for these dishes from special-guest chefs: a prime-rib sandwich from international drawcard Matheson; spiced chicken wings by Morgan McGlone (from fried-chicken institution Belle’s Hot Chicken); the famed trashcan-bacon burger by Jake Smyth (from eastern-seaboard burger legend Mary’s); and BBF menu curator Welgemoed’s cevapi with tahini sauce and smashed pumpkin on flatbread. Local favourites NOLA, Comida Catering Co, Gilbert Street Wings and Boston Bay Smallgoods will also deliver the goods.
Come hungry. This is gonna be big.