Vegetarians, avert your eyes.
Sydney is gearing up for a celebration of all things carnivorous with the Yaks Barbecue Festival set to take over The Domain in January.
It’s your classic Australian summer barbecue on a grandiose scale with food stalls, featuring some of Sydney’s top pitmasters and culinary talent, sure to lure meat-lovers.
Inspired by the growing popularity of traditional Southern-style cuisine in Australia, organisers say they have modelled the event on the iconic barbecue festivals staged each year across America.
In fact, the Yaks Barbecue Festival is supported by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), the world’s largest organisation of barbecue enthusiasts with over 20,000 members and 450 barbecue contests annually.
Fun fact: the Yaks Sydney and Melbourne Barbecue Festivals are the only events sanctioned by the KCBS in the southern hemisphere.
A Barbecue Cook Off will be a highlight of the January 30th event in Sydney with participants vying for the title of Grand Champion as well as an invitation to represent Australia at internationally-renowned barbecue contests in the United States.
Cooking classes, led by multi-award winning pitmaster Jim Johnson, equipment exhibitors and live entertainment are also part of the spectacle.
The event launched in Melbourne earlier this year to great success, a fact event co-founder and Festival Director, Matt Vitale, believes bodes well for the Sydney leg.
“After the amazing success of our first event in Melbourne, we can’t wait to bring The Yaks Barbecue Festival to Sydney in the beautiful surrounds of The Domain,” he says.
Tickets are on sale through moshtix. Prices start at $25. To snag yours (pun intended), head here, or call 1300 GET TIX (438 849) on your mobile or visit a moshtix outlet.
Head to their website for more information. The full program will be released later this year.
Image credit: Yaks Barbecue Festival