Nobody takes barbecues more seriously than our great nation, which is why we’re so incredibly excited – and a little shocked, to be honest – that this month, Sydney is getting its first EVER barbecue festival celebrating all things grilled, smoked and down-right delicious.
The Yak Ales Sydney Barbecue Festival touches down at The Domain on Saturday 30th January, when one of the city’s most beautiful green areas will be transformed into an all-day feast, complete with local barbecue heroes, award-winning American pitmasters (yup, that’s what you call a barbecue expert!) and heaps of tasty meats and veggies for you to wrap your mouth around. All this, in addition to a barbecue cook-off sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society?! This is one festival that’s set to be the biggest and best food-focused events of the summer!
Local heroes Porteno, Surly’s, Black Betty Barbecue, Bovine & Swine Barbecue and Hoy Pinoy will all be on hand to serve up delicious barbecue dishes, showcasing the best of Australia’s take on the American delicacy. You’ll find expert smokers from each and every venue on hand to give you tips on how to perfect your favourite meats on the barbie, as well as heaps of samples to tuck into while you learn the ropes. And if you’re keen to learn about the raw ingredients, the Australian Meat Emporium will be providing premium cuts of meat for all and sundry.
But this epic summer event isn’t just about sampling smoked treats from the pros. If you really want to get to grips with your barbecue techniques - and we mean more than just knowing your brisket from your burgers - the Yak Ales Sydney Barbecue Festival is hosting some fantastic master-classes where you can learn from world experts, including Jim Johnson, a barbecue master who has won over 76 Grand Championships throughout his 28-year career.
Jim has topped the Memphis in May World Barbecue Championship in EVERY category at the festival, making him the ultimate BBQ king - whether you’re looking for drool-worthy charcoal chicken or a sensational sausage sizzle. As part of the Yak Ales Sydney Barbecue Festival, you’ll find him teaching a 4-hour Pit Masters Barbecue Class at the Pavilion Restaurant on Friday 29th January, where he’ll be teaching barbecue fans how to choose the right cuts of meat, equipment and fuel – which is crucial to the taste – as well as how to perfect chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder and beef brisket. Book your tickets now, and by the end of the session, you’ll be ready to smoke up a storm of your own!
But what does it take to make competition-winning barbecue? If you fancy your chances at becoming a world-class barbecue judge, the Kansas City Barbeque Society are running a master-class on Thursday 28th January where you can become an accredited master of the art. You’ll learn how to grade top-notch brisket, chicken and pork - and at the end of the session you will receive your very own Certified Barbeque Judge certificate, allowing you to assess meats at professional-level around the world. That career change you were looking for? It’s right here!
While you’re at the festival, you can kick back in the sun in the Yak Ales Beer Garden, which is located right in front of the main events stage - an all too convenient spot for chilling out while picking up your barbecue tips. The Yak Ales team will be on hand to host tastings, games and giveaways right throughout the day, making for a food festival that's as much about delicious barbecue as it is having a laugh with a crowd of mates.
With heaps of live music, demonstrations and local food pop-ups to boot, the Yak Ales Sydney Barbecue Festival is a bargain day out with tickets still available at $25 per ticket - and a must for any self-respecting meat nerd or food fanatic living in the two thousands. Book your tickets now, and get counting down to this summer’s biggest and best barbecue day out.
Yak Ales Sydney Barbecue Festival | 10am – 10pm, Saturday 30th January 2016
The Domain Sydney CBD | Book here
KCBS Certified Barbeque Judging Class | 12.30pm, Thursday 28th January
The Pavilion Restaurant, 1 Art Gallery Road | $140 per person
Jim Johnson’s Pit Masters BBQ class | 12.30pm, Friday 29th January
The Pavilion Restaurant, 1 Art Gallery Road | $175 per person
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Image credit: Yaks Sydney Barbecue Festival, Dexter Melbourne, Surly's BBQ & Beer