Yak Ales Barbecue Festival – April 8th & 9th

IMG_5859Little Chef and I headed to the carnivores’ paradise that is the Yak Ales Barbecue Festival at Burswood Parklands. The inaugural Perth barbecue event features the very best of barbequing from America and WA.

IMG_5906There’s meaty morsels to devour, a barbecuing competition for the die-hards which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), the world’s largest organisation of barbecue enthusiasts, barbie cooking demos, a mini expo with barbeque retailers, rides and games for the kids, live music and more.IMG_5837

Taste your way through mouth-watering barbequed meats from local and international pit masters.  The Memphis Barbecue Co and Sugarfire Smoke House have come all the way from the US of A. You can’t get more authentic southern barbecue than that.IMG_5835

There’s also a host of local barbecue vendors too:

o   Lucky Chan’s

o   Southside Smokers

o   Porkies Bar-B-Que

o   Mondo Butchers

o   The Merrywell

o   Settlers Tavern

o   El Asador

o   Gryphon Smokehouse

o   Smokies Southern BBQ

IMG_5880Make sure you arrive with a hungry tummy! Here’s some of our picks;

IMG_5884I made a bee-line for The Memphis Barbecue Co. Their meaty ribs, $15, had a wonderful smoky depth of flavour. Though the meat was falling off the bone, it was a touch dry, but tasty nonetheless. The side of slaw was good too.

IMG_5875The meat platter, $25, from Southside Smokers looked really generous.

IMG_5897Texas beef brisket, charcoal chicken and bourbon n cola pork bao from Lucky Chans, $20. I hear their desert bao are a must try too!

IMG_5871Little Chef tucked into a gourmet hot dog from Southside Smokers, $10.

If we had room we would have eaten these bacon doughnuts from Mary Street Bakery.IMG_5844

Freshly squeezed lemonade, $5, was really refreshing and cut through all that sticky BBQ sauce.IMG_5902

IMG_5864There’s a few rides for little and big kids, including a bucking bull.IMG_5894

There’s kids cooking classes and a kid’s cook off held a few times each afternoon. Games are found in a shady spot, under trees by the river. There’s a few activities like giant jenga, giant connect four and some throwing games too.IMG_5891

There’s plenty of tables and seating around, mostly in the shade.IMG_5915

Take cash, as most of the vendors are cash only. There are a couple of ATMs onsite too. Parking is relatively easy. We parked in the free multi-storey car park at Crown and walked over to the foreshore which only took a few minutes.IMG_5854

The festival is found at the Burswood Parklands at Resort Drive, Burswood. The entrance is right behind the outdoor cinema screen. Open 10am till 7pm.IMG_5901


Adults tickets are available online for $32.50

Children aged 12 years and under will be admitted FREE with a ticket-holding parent or guardian, and must be accompanied at all times.IMG_5849

Find more info at… http://www.bbqfest.com.au/perth-home/


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