Guess who’s back? Or rather what’s back. I know they always say bigger and better this time but this time, it REALLY is. For those of you who went last year like us, you would already know how awesome it is with so many choices of brews and ciders to choose from and delicious BBQ food. If you didn’t go last year, this is what Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival is about. Imagine you died and went to beer heaven, where all the brewers and breweries gathered in one big hall tempting you with gallons and gallons of beer. Beer you can actually have. I’ve thrown in some photos from our fun last year so you get an idea.
It’s no secret that South Australia is home to many fantastic craft beers so it’s only natural to have a festival of this magnitude at the Adelaide Showgrounds. They’ve also invited friends from interstate and overseas to show their brews, some for the first time in SA.
This year over 50 beer and cider brands will headline the main beer hall, which has been expanded from last year to accommodate the anticipated larger crowd. I would name the beers but it would take me all day. Marc Huber, event organiser, said they were aiming to make it the biggest in the country. According to Festival Manager Gareth Lewis, it made sense to expand following last year’s success whereby the experience of having great beer, cider, food and live music in one destination received tremendous support. With the bigger floor plan, there will be a new main stage for entertainment and the BBQ area will be tripled in size.
Where food is concerned, a very special legendary pit master guest flying in all the way from South Carolina will be building a replica of his family’s 100-year-old smoke house and serving a limited number of portions on both Saturday and Sunday. South Africa’s punk chef, Duncan Welgemoed of Africola has also been named the BBQ Ambassador so you can definitely expect great things. To give you a sneak peak of the BBQ camp, think famous Mary’s Burgers from NSW, our own Africola, Comida, Sneaky Pickle, Gilbert St Hotel and more.
Another new event this year is something that calls out to all you self-proclaimed BBQ experts. This is something I’m very excited about that two of my friends Dougal of McFuzzlebutt’s Manchen and Caitlin of Feast on Foot have put together. The Up in Smoke Australian BBQ Alliance Competition! This event will consist of 22 teams competing in four categories which is a record for a first year competition as this is the first ABA event in Adelaide. There are almost $10,000 in cash and prizes to be won so you can be sure every team will bring their best on the day.
ABBF will be held from July 8th – 10th 2016 at the Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville. For more information, registration and tickets please visit their website.