Meatstock, The Music and Meat Festival

By Kate Symons - 29 Nov 2015

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There’s a meat festival being held on Valentine’s Day next year and I don’t want to hear any jokes about that, okay?

Double entendre aside, Meatstock, The Music and Meat Festival is brought to you by the letter ‘B’ with bands, barbecues, beards, butchers, bourbon, barbers, beer and brawn all highlights of the meaty celebration.

The event, to be held at the Sydney Showgrounds on February 13th and 14th, is a must for meat lovers, according to Meatstock co-organiser Jay Beaumont.

“It’s five events in one big battle ground,” he says. 

“We have Barbecue Wars, Butcher Wars, Barber Wars, the Meat and Barbecue Expo and our awesome line-up of blues and country bands. 

“Barbecue is definitely a hot trend at the moment but we think Sydney is screaming out for a festival that has a distinctly Australian flavour.”

In the tunes department, the bill includes Mustered Courage, The Snowdroppers, The Beards, Henry Wagons, the Davidson Brothers, Big Blind Ray, The Buffalo Grass Boys, The Punk Rock Hillbilly, Sahara Beck and the Hussy Hicks. 

Meanwhile, the Cutthroat Barber Wars will pit Australia’s best barbers against each other in a battle of style and the Butcher Wars will feature some of the country’s best breaking down half a leg of lamb and half a saddle of pork in just 45 minutes on a live stage. Rounding out the competition portion of the event, the A&E Sydney Barbecue Wars will see 40 teams from across the country do battle for $8,000 in cash and prizes.

World barbecue champion, Tuffy Stone, will bring his expertise to the judging panel. A judge on the reality television show BBQ Pitmasters and owner of the Q Barbecue restaurant chain in the USA, Stone’s credentials are unquestionable.

Says Beaumont, “The barbecue competition is based around the cooking method of ‘low and slow’ over wood and wood products. 

“Traditionally that includes pork, pork ribs, beef and chicken (but) for this competition, we’ve broadened the criteria adding lamb and seafood. 

“We want to bring different styles together that are Australian.”

The festival’s food vendors include Smokey BBQ Bandits, Bovine & Swine Barbecue Co, Rangers Texas Barbecue, Six String Brewing and Buffalo Trace while you’ll find the likes of the Australian Meat Emporium, Cape Grim Beef, Adam’s Goods Rubs, McClure’s Pickles and Fancy Hank’s Sauces at the expo. 

The $26 adult ticket comes with the option of a free child ticket. Get yours via their website

For American BBQ all year long, check out these Sydney joints.

Image credit: Meatstock

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