NEW ZEALAND BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL 2023

BBQ

This year is set to be bigger and better with a great range of fire and BBQ related vendors, covering all your favourites from Hot & Fast and traditional Low & Slow Barbecue treats.

Looking to get your hands on the latest and greatest BBQ products to take your cooking to the next level? With legends like HeatBeads and Charmate onsite again this year, we have you covered.

Competitions

Friday: High Steaks in Vegas and Steak Cook-off (steak cookoff association sanctioned competition)

Checkout the best of the best Including NZ’s Steak & Ancillary points leader Troy Bilbrough as they cook the perfect steak and other epic creations for National Championship Points, Cash and Golden tickets to compete in the SCA World Championship in Texas.

Saturday: Lake of Fire and Low & Slow Barbecue Competition (New Zealand Barbecue Alliance Sanctioned competition)

Icons of NZ Barbecue like Mile Marker 66, Cook Cartel and about 30 other teams battle it out for Championship Points, Cash and Trophies in a traditional 4 protein competition. You follow them on Social media, come and meet them in person and chat about all things competition Barbecue!

Sunday: Youth Cook-off

Off the back of the awesome inaugural Youth Cook-off last year, 2023 will provide another excellent platform for our younger cooks to hon their skills with a grilling cooking class, followed by a cook off that will again be taught and judged by some of NZs Top Pitmasters.

BBQ FAQs

The teams are focused on preparing food for the judges. They take this competition stuff very seriously, there is a lot on the line for the teams + not many of them are registered food business, so are unable to supply food for the general public at events. However you can apply to be a judge, or grab a feed from one of our amazing vendors!
You can purchase food from our range of vendors, we will have Barbecue foods, as well as some of your usual festival favourites including vegetarian options.
Yes!! We welcome new teams, and even have prizes for best new competitors over the festival. Check back here from 1st August to register.
The best place to start with is BBQ Alliance or Steak Cook Offs. You can also drop our organisers an email.
No need to register for classes, your ticket includes access to the Barbecue stage and demo area.

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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 24th to 26th November 2023!

BBQ

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.

YOUTH EVENTS

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.