If there’s one food trend Melbourne embraced in 2014, it was the influx of incredible barbeque restaurants and pop-ups catering to our smoky, meaty needs. The influx of American barbecue in Melbourne was literally off chops (sorry).
It seems fitting then, that one of the major additions to the city’s food calendar celebrates our second favourite word beginning with the letter ‘b’ (sorry, that top spot is still reserved for breakfast). Welcome, the inaugural Melbourne Barbecue Festival.
Moderated by the world’s largest barbeque organisation, the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the festival plays host to a selection of Melbourne’s best barbecue restaurants, all popping up at Queen Victoria Market for a day of foodie festivity on Sunday 1st February.
Urban List favourites Bluebonnet Barbecue, Smokin’ Barrys and Silver Creek Smokers will be venturing to Melbourne Barbecue Festival to battle it out for the title of best beef brisket—a competition our own team would happily put our hands up for judging—with traditional Filipino barbecue supplied by Hoy Pinoy and a dose of Mexican spice provided by Zapata’s Kitchen.
For the truly dedicated, there are also four days of seminars, contests, workshops and events, running Thursday 29th January to Sunday 1st February. Thinking of investing in your very own smoker, or wanting to know how to cook and season Melbourne’s best steak? Take a look at the series of masterclasses listed on Melbourne Barbecue Festival’s website.
With Sunday’s doors opening at 10am and closing at 10pm, we would recommend skipping breakfast and taking full advantage of twelve hours of barbecue indulgence. Essentials to bring with you: an empty stomach, a full wallet, and perhaps a clean shirt if you’re planning on carrying on the evening in sauce-free attire.
Melbourne Barbecue Festival | Queen Victoria Market
Sunday 1st February | 10am – 10pm