Meatstock: The music and barbecue festival to sink your teeth into 

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Meatstock: The music and barbecue festival to sink your teeth into 

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Combining all things BBQ and music, Australia’s biggest barbecue festival Meatstock has announced its return, heading to Melbourne in 2023. 

Taking Melbourne Showgrounds on 18-19 March, at the heart of the two-day festival is an unmatched lineup of BBQ pitmasters and authentic ‘low and slow’ barbecue, cooking on some of Australia’s biggest and craziest smokers and barbecues.

Vendors include Phat Boyz Smoking, Smokin Hot ’N Saucy, 2 Smokin’ Arabs, Black Iron Smokers, RG’s Food truck and many more. 

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Alongside the plethora of juicy meat, barbecues, bourbon and plenty of beer, the festival will feature the internationally renowned and daring Professional Bull Riders (PBR) for some extreme edge-of-your-seat entertainment this year.  

From cowbells to dumbbells, festival-goers can also get primal in the Strong Man and Woman arena, bearing witness to some of the biggest weapons in Oz battle it out in unbelievable strength tournaments like the Viking Deadlift, Truck Pull, Deadlift Medley, Max Monster Dumbbells and the Stone series. 

The entertainment continues with Heat Beads Melbourne Barbecue Wars, where 50 teams from across Australia will be battling it out to be crowned the best barbecuers in the state. Over 20 butchers will also be going head to head on stage competing to be crowned Victoria’s best butcher, while the Street BBQ King of the Grill competition will pit barbecue teams against each other cooking steak, wings, bacon, hot dogs and burgers. 

If this isn’t enough, you can park up and watch competitors live on stage in the hilarious Beard and Mo Wars and must-see competitive eating competitions, or stock up on the best products at the barbecue expo. 

Last, but not least, Meatstock has all your senses covered, pulling together some of Australia’s best country music acts to put on one hell of a show. In Melbourne, we’ll be seeing the likes of Brad Cox, Amber Lawrence, Darlinghurst, The Pleasures, The Surreal McCoys, Davidson Bros, James Ellis and the Jealous Guys and Frank Sultana, as well as Queenie, Rose Zita Falko and The Smith & Western Jury.

Ticketing options range from single-day GA to weekend super passes with kids welcome and free for those under 12. 

Meatstock takes place at Melbourne Showgrounds from 18-19 March 2023. Tickets are on sale now via Moshtix.