Meatstock is the festival of your dreams. Combining all things BBQ and music at the Melbourne Showgrounds this April, there will be a plethora of meat, barbecues, beards and barbers, butchers, bourbon and plenty of beer, accompanied by many great live acts and events. Here’s a brief guide to help you make the most of this pro-protein weekend.
It wouldn’t be a meat festival without the meat of course! Meatstock features some of the best food trucks going round. Burger lovers will be more than satisfied with Limp Brisket, Big Smoke BBQ and Burgers by Josh having stalls over the weekend. Other stalls include Red Gum BBQ, Jack the Ribber, and Fancy Hanks, among others. Essentially, it’s meat upon meat upon meat. Six String Brewing Company will also have a stall so you can follow up your feed with a beer.
What makes this food festival so unique is the great line-up of bands that perform over the weekend. With something to suit everyone’s taste, some of the acts include Royal Chant, Nighthawk, The Delta Riggs, The Tommyhawks, and Bullhorn.
Check out the Expo
Alongside the food stalls, Meatstock will also hold an expo to bring you everything meat related. Some of the stalls will include Cut Throat Knives, BBX Spit Rotisseries, and Melbourne Hot Sauce. Additionally, there will be stalls to fulfil your meat needs that you didn’t even know existed – such as Cowboy Wood Chips and Chunks who have flavoured wood chips. Likewise, WITLOFT will have a stall of their beautifully crafted leather aprons.
As if all of this wasn’t enough, there will be a series of guests over the weekend. The only female to ever place in the Sausage King competition, Chrissy ‘The Sausage Queen’ will be one of the many guests to feature at the event, along with Mike Patrick, who helped open Fancy Hanks BBQ Joint in 2013. Four times world barbecue champion Tuffy Stone and cook, author, TV host and a full time Hardcore Carnivore Jess Pryles will also be there. These two smokin’ barbecue experts will be running barbecue classes and demonstrations for both competitors and the public.
The heavily anticipated Barbeque Wars will return to Meatstock this year with more than 26 teams from across Australia. While registrations are now closed, some of the finalists include Sons Of Hickory, Pits Perfect and Grilla Warfare. Categories consist of beef, lamb, pork, pork ribs, chicken and the new King of the Grill – where barbecue fanatics can now compete for the title of best Steak, Burger and Wings, sanctioned by America’s Steak Cook Off Association.. There will be an expert panel of judges to decide winners for each category, with over $10,000 worth of cash prizes. Similarly, there Barber Wars and the Butcher Wars will be returning to Meatstock this year.
Meat lovers go forth.
When & Where: Melbourne Showgrounds – April 22 – 23
You can buy tickets at the event or online prior. Visit the website for more info.
Written by Chelsea King