Embrace the sizzling extravaganza at the Kangaroo Valley Craft Beer and BBQ Festival!

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourselves for a barbecue extravaganza that will ignite your taste buds and immerse you in a world of smoky indulgence! Welcome to the Kangaroo Valley Craft Beer and BBQ Festival, where succulent meats dance upon fiery grills, and flavours tantalise even the most discerning palates. This is no ordinary BBQ and beer fest; it is a celebration of grass-root artisans and true believers of all things grilled, chilled, and smoked. So mark your calendars and grab your tickets for an unforgettable experience!

KV BBQ competitive categories announced

The festival will feature a fierce competition with five mouth-watering categories: Brisket, Beef Ribs, Pork Ribs, Chicken (any cut), and Lamb (any cut). With a total prize money of $10,000 up for grabs, the stakes are high, and the battles will be fierce. The coveted titles of ‘Lord of the Grill’ and ‘King of the Valley’ await those who can conquer the grill with their culinary prowess. You can decide the winner by purchasing one of the limited judges tickets.

Win big with Pig & Pilgrim

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Pig & Pilgrim, every ticket purchased for the festival enters you into a drawing to win a sensational $5,000 Parrilla Grill Barbecue with all the trimmings, including a pizza oven. Pig & Pilgrim is renowned for crafting artisan charcoal barbecues, with founder Charlie’s passion for building and designing grills from scratch. The P1, a stand-alone Argentinean-style Santa Maria Parrilla Grill, is handmade by Charlie and could soon be yours with just a festival ticket.

Meet the legendary smokers and brewers

At the festival, you’ll have the chance to meet the formidable champions of KVBBQ: Andrew and Illinka, the husband-and-wife team behind Black Iron Smokers & BBQ. Their legendary 1150-gallon, hand-built Texas-style offset smoker named Jimmie is sure to impress both enthusiasts and casual visitors alike.

Equally exciting are the brewers from Merino Brewery, Macarthur’s largest all-grain brewery. Led by two ex-military guys with a passion for beer and an iconic sheep, their locally crafted beers promise to tantalise your taste buds and complement the delicious barbecue spread.

Behind the scenes with Pig & Pilgrim’s founder, Charlie

Pig & Pilgrim, a rising star in the world of charcoal barbecues, was born out of Charlie’s love for cooking over coals. A young and dynamic business, Charlie’s journey began during the pandemic when he built a barbecue for himself. His craftsmanship and the unique features of his grills quickly caught people’s attention, leading to the birth of Pig & Pilgrim.

Despite starting as a side project, Pig & Pilgrim soon grew exponentially, with orders pouring in. Charlie decided to dedicate himself entirely to the business, and with the support of his partner, Elise, they now reside in the Southern Highlands, where the factory and workshop are located.

The charm of cooking over coals

Charlie dispels the notion that cooking over coals is laborious, emphasising that it’s straightforward and rewarding. He believes that cooking this way allows for a deeper connection to the food, its preparation, and the final flavours achieved. Slow cooking over coals creates unparalleled taste and texture that cannot be replicated with gas or wood.

Join the smoky celebration at Kangaroo Valley Craft Beer and BBQ Festival

So, are you ready for an epic celebration of barbecue excellence? Don’t miss the Kangaroo Valley Craft Beer and BBQ Festival, where the best pitmasters, brewers and artisans gather to showcase their passion for all things grilled, chilled, and smoked. Taste the flavours, feel the heat, and join the sizzling extravaganza that will leave you craving more. Get your tickets now, and let the journey to smoky indulgence begin! www.kvbbq.com.au.

Caroline Lenati