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The New Zealand Blues & BBQ Festival
is coming this November!

29th Nov to 1st Dec 2024
at the Rotorua Village Green

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Rotorua Tasman Holiday Park

A special thanks to the wonderful team at Rotorua Tasman Holiday Park for their generous support offering accommodation options and local hospitality.

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Make sure you sign up to hear the latest news on who’s playin’ & who’s cookin’ down on the Rotorua Village Green 29th November to 1st December 2024!


Check out NZ’s best pitmasters as they compete in two internationally sanctioned Barbecue competitions. With points, cash, prizes, bragging rights and invitations to compete in USA up for grabs  – you know they’ll be cooking with all their heart and soul.

Feeling hungry? We got you covered! While the teams are cooking purely for the judges, we have a range of premium vendors onsite. We will be running a cashless venue, and all vendors will have paywave EFTPOS available.

Ready to take your barbecue cooking to the next level? Keep an eye out for our list of BBQ retailers who will be ready with deals & demos. We’ll also have some pop- up type classes where you can learn how to cook the perfect BBQ meal.

For more information re entering the competitions please email Black Label Barbecue.


One of the core objectives for our club is to nurture and develop Blues among young and aspiring musicians. This festival will feature workshops and performance opportunities for youth to get involved and learn more around musicianship and performance under the umbrella of Blues music. There will be a songwriting and performance competition component of the day that offers an incentive for aspiring young people to gain music industry experience. Please complete the form below if you are interested in being part of this fun youth comp.