SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2023
BBQ lovers are in for a meaty treat in November when the Urban BBQ Festival returns to Tomoana Showgrounds Hastings.
Once again the Jack Daniel’s Demo Stage hosts a full afternoon of demonstrations that will take your pitmaster skills to the next level. Brisket, ribs, butchery, lamb… you’ll see it done, learn the techniques and sample the finished product as well.
If you miss a demo hit the Cook Zone, where the pitmasters will be chilling and grilling when they’re not on stage, cooking up tasty morsels from supporters Swift Ribs, Atkin’s Ranch, First Light and Bostock Brothers.
There’ll be more grills on the go in the BBQ Supplies area, where reps from brands including Weber, Traeger, Green Mountain Grills and Z Grills will be cooking up a storm alongside saucy tastings from Wild Bill’s and Chilli Bro’s & Que, and top notch blades from the team at Kentmaster.
But the real stars of the show are the BBQ vendors. Local legends Black Betty Barbecue and Japanese-style robata grill masters Piku bring back their BBQ goodness. Hastings pitmasters Bareknuckle Barbeque are in, along with OG BBQ pioneers BBQ Gourmet and their giant charcoal kettles. New on the scene Mac N Cheese specialist Mac Daddy joins the party, along with Gina’s Truck, with a one-off BBQ menu inspired by South America and the Caribbean.
There’ll be more BBQ than you can shake a spit at, as well as sweet treats from Mr Whippy… if you’ve got any space left to fill.
Throughout the day festival goers can catch rocking tunes from Jack Knife Beat and Joe Cole, ride the Madd Fun bucking bronco and see some epic battles in the IPW wrestling ring. Yeap that’s right, it wouldn’t be a BBQ festival without a few wrestlers. So grab a tasty beverage from the Craft Bar, IPA Tent or Wine Garden, a massive portion of juicy BBQ, and strap in for the day.
Big thanks go to supporters Jack Daniel’s, Hastings District Council, Napier City Council and The Rock for their help.
The Urban BBQ Festival is an all ages event, with under 14s free with an accompanying parent or guardian. Tickets on sale now
For more information visit Urban BBQ Festival.