Blues and BBQ Festival, Port Macquarie

Are your BBQ ribs worthy of rock star treatment? Anyone with a passion for meat, music and mingling over fires should head to Port Macquarie for the Blues and BBQ Festival on March 27-28.

This two-day celebration of Australian rituals includes the Australian BBQ Wars, a huge line up of blues bands and the Cutthroat Beard and Moustache Championships.

Teams from across the nation will cook up their best dish in the Vic’s Meat Australian Barbecue Wars, the biggest barbecue competition in Australia, with $10,000 in cash and prizes. There are categories for beef, lamb, pork, chicken, pork ribs and a mystery ingredient, announced a week before the event. Entry is just $150 per team and includes two nights camping, so get your team together and register now!

“The trend in barbecues is ‘low and slow’, cooking meats for up to 16 hours over low temperatures using timber and charcoal. The teams will play with different types of woods to create a unique smoking flavour including apple, cherry, peach, hickory and oak,” says Jay Beaumont, organiser of the BBQ Wars.

A line up of blues bands includes Mia Dyson, Henry Wagons and Chase the Sun, who will play all day at Town Green on March 28. Eat your way around BBQ food trucks from That BBQ Joint, Carlos & Co, Rangers Texas BBQ, Bella BBQ and XS Foods, plus a variety of craft beer including Port Macquarie’s own from Black Duck Brewery.

To take the competition element one step further The Cutthroat Beard and Moustache Championships will celebrate the best clipper action on men’s facial hair.

The festival will take place on the Town Green which is in Port Macquarie’s town centre and alongside the beautiful Hastings River. Attendees can camp or stay at a variety of accommodation within walking distance of all the action.

For more information go to www.bluesandbbq.com.au. Port Macquarie is a 4-hour drive North of Sydney or a 1-hour flight from Sydney and Brisbane with connections to the rest of Australia. Call 1300 303 155 or go on-line at www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au