Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival returns for 2018

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Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival returns for 2018

South Australia is bringing back, for its fourth year, the almighty Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival! Bringing together Australians’ three favourite things; beer, barbecue and beats for one of the biggest parties of the year.
The idea of the festival was brought to life in a bar, over a beer, between a publican, a festival manager and the owner of the brewery… and the result was all and more that they could have hoped for. With an initial vision to bring together the best beers, brewers and barbecuers in a season when most other event producers are in hibernation, it could possibly be the most faultless concept ever created… nearly.
The event also showcases a series of master classes, forum discussions, on stage competitions, vinyl and merch stores, barber shops, tattooing, hot sauce and family programs on the Sunday that are sure to get anyone and everyone involved.
The event will celebrate over 60 brewers and cider makers, both local and international and promises three days of a plethora of some of the finest sips and skulls. South Australia invites you to ‘crack open a coldie and meet the brewers’ with this years beer and cider lineup (also the biggest ever collection of brewers in Australia ever). You’ll get well acquainted with the likes of 4 Pines Brewing Co, Balter, Big Shed Brewing Concern, Fox Hat Brewing, Hawkers Beer, Moon Dog Brewery, Slo Brew Australia, among many more. A highlight is Franz Horak, international guest brewer from Brewdog, Germany, who will bring over eight years of BrewDog brewing experience to Australia.
On the BBQ lineup are some of South Australia’s best restaurants and chefs, alongside also interstate and internationals BBQers, who can’t wait to share their skills and dishes. From the woman behind the helm of Franklin in Hobart, Analiese Gregory to Morgan McGlone and his Belle’s Hot Chicken Juggernaut and the wild party that is Mary’s Burgers from Newtown. Oh, yeah and Matty bloody Matheson! Duncan Welgemoed also joins ABBF in 2018 as BBQ ambassador and is sure to curate an array of BBQ to suit everyone’s palette. Welgemoed grew up in South Africa, with a chef father, Italian and Portuguese godparents and an ethos that has been developed over many years; do it with love, take no prisoners, buck trends. There are few people with more experience in cooking good food for the masses than Duncan Welgemoed.
Hosted by Canadian, Matty Matheson and spread across two stages, ABBF brings a plethora of acts to get you rockin’.
The Preatures, the four piece from Sydney, are on the lineup to accompany this years’ beers and BBQ. The group have performed at some of the world’s most respected festivals including Coachella, Glastonbury, Splendour in the grass and more and are sure to leave no disappoint in South Australia. Alongside these legends, The Gooch palms, dubbed Australia’s ‘king and queen of shit-pop or favourite punk sweethearts’, also promise one hell of a time with their mad, fast-paced punk and pop rock anthems. Also on the lineup is favourites Holy Holy, Jen Cloher, Bob Evans, Maddy Jane and many more to be announced. If the beer and food wasn’t enough to entice you, this lineup alone will have the masses running from all directions.
On the local front, they’ve got two of Adelaide’s hardest working rock and roll bands; The Grenadiers and Horror My Friend, alongside indie upstarts Neon Tetra, Burnside Mums, K21, plus a diverse lineup of DJs and your stage hosts Cats DJs (Friday), Rich Spanning Time Wedding DJ (Saturday) and the party starters Skin Contact (Sunday).
So if you have a love for beer, good food and great music, you’d be mad to miss out on the Adelaide Beer and BBQ festival.
When & Where: ABBF @ Adelaide Showground – Friday July 6 – Sunday July 8
Tickets on sale now from
Written by Aine Keogh