Yak Ales Melbourne Barbecue Festival

The Yak Ales Melbourne Barbecue Festival is all about meat, smoke, summer and good times in Melbourne, the culinary and events capital of Australia. This second annual free event at the prestigious Queen Victoria Market is kicking off the week long program of competitions, classes, dinners, demonstrations and entertainment that culminates in the ticketed larger format event at Flemington racecourse on Saturday 6 February 2016 .

Inspired by the growing popularity of traditional southern style cuisine in Australia, the Festival is modeled after the many successful American barbecue festivals staged annually across the United States and will be a celebration of local produce and the great Australian tradition of summer barbecues!

Supported by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) – the world’s largest organisation of barbecue enthusiasts (with over 19,000 members and 450 barbecue contests sanctioned annually) – together with Jim Johnson, multi-award winning pit-master, the free event at the Market will also feature:

  • barbecue food vendors, some of the best in Melbourne, including the likes of Fancy Hanks, Smokin’ Barrys, Burn City Smokers, Hoy Pinoy, Red Gum BBQ;
  • bars;
  • live entertainment/music;
  • live demonstrations, featuring: The inaugural Yak Ales Butcher Battle, grilling competition; and, the KCBS on KCBS sanctioned contests.

The Yak Ales Butcher Battle will see three butchers each bring their choice of meat, and prep, cook and plate for the judges, in front of the crowd, in two hours (12-2pm). They will be cooking on charcoal. Butchers include: Gary McBean of Gary’s Quality Meats; Troy Wheeler of Meatsmith; and Simon Poole of Ralph’s Meats. The judges will include: John Curtin (Co-founder of Melbourne Barbecue Festival, owner of FB Top Melbourne Restaurants and co-owner of cafe Uncommon in Windsor); and, Jim Johnson (multi-award winning US pit master). Adam North of Hopkins River Beef will commentate. The crowd will be invited to ask questions of the brave butchers as they pick up the tongs instead of a knife while they prepare their dishes and compete for the glory.

The full Yak Ales Melbourne Barbecue Festival program is available here www.melbournebarbecuefestival.com.au.