After travelling across Australia, the Beer & BBQ Festival (BBF), Australia’s second-largest celebration of ales, is coming to Sydney for the first time on June 29. The menu has been curated by festival ambassador Duncan Welgemoed (Africola), and some of the country’s best barbeque chefs are Sydney-bound, along with renegade Canadian culinary star Matty Matheson.
Food truck-turned-Port Adelaide institution Low & Slow American BBQ will make the trip, 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).
Alana Brabin (ex-Lyndoch Hill chef), whose passion for game meats birthed her aptly named project If You’re Game, will pair up with Chin Chin's Benjamin Cooper. They're cooking barbequed duck breast with sweet ‘n’ sour dragonfruit sauce, whole caulis done in the coals with a honey-mustard dressing, and smoked Birdwood Venison banh mi.
Shannon Martinez (from Melbourne’s plant-based Smith & Daughters) is collaborating with Belles Hot Chicken’s Morgan McGlone on a vegan fried-chicken burger stand. “They’re doing never-before-seen Deep South vegan dishes,” says Welgemoed.
Also keep an eye out for these special dishes: The Unicorn’s Africola-style pig on the spit; a prime-rib sandwich from international drawcard Matty Matheson; spiced chicken wings by Morgan McGlone; the famed trashcan-bacon burger by Jake Smyth (from eastern-seaboard burger legend Mary’s); and P&V Wine and Liquor Merchants’s barbeque oysters – set against the backdrop of The Preachers performing live.
Come hungry. This is gonna be big.