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Tamworth Barbeque Festival

Savour The Flavour: The New Tamworth Barbeque Festival in September 27th – 29th

As the crisp September air sweeps through the picturesque town of Tamworth, barbecue enthusiasts from near and far will gather to celebrate the inaugural Tamworth Barbeque Festival. Anticipation is high for this first of its kind event in Tamworth, promising a mouth watering array of smoky, savoury delights. Whether you’re a seasoned pitmaster or simply a fan of good eats, the Tamworth Barbeque Festival is set to offer a little something for everyone, making it a must visit for food lovers eager to be part of this exciting new tradition.

A Feast For Seasons

The Tamworth Barbeque Festival is a celebration of all things barbecue. From the moment you step into the festival grounds, your senses will be assaulted—in the best possible way. The air is thick with the tantalising aroma of slow cooked meats, mingling with the sounds of live music and the laughter of fellow festival goers. The vibrant colours of food stalls, vendor tents, and festive decorations create an atmosphere of pure joy and indulgence.

Competition and Camaraderie

One of the highlights of the Tamworth Barbeque Festival will be the fiercely competitive Barbeque cook off. Pit masters from across the country fire up their smokers and grills, vying for the coveted title of Barbeque Champion. Categories typically include ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and chicken, each judged by a panel of experts on flavour, tenderness, and overall presentation.

But it’s not all about the competition. The festival fosters a sense of camaraderie among participants and attendees alike. Cooking demonstrations and workshops offer valuable tips and techniques, allowing even the most novice grillers to learn from the best. It’s a chance to share stories, swap recipes, and bond over a shared love of barbecue.

Family Fun and Entertainment

The Tamworth Barbecue Festival isn’t just for adults; it’s a family friendly event with plenty to keep the little ones entertained. Kids can enjoy face painting, games, and even a mini barbecue pit where they can try their hand at grilling under the watchful eye of experienced cooks. Meanwhile, adults can relax in the beer garden, sampling the Tooheys range of beverages, including cider and ginger beer, along with Jack Daniels and local wines that perfectly complement the smoky flavours of the barbecue.

Live music is a staple of any festival, and with local bands and artists providing a continuous soundtrack of country, blues, and rock tunes, you’re sure to be entertained. Whether you’re dancing along or simply tapping your feet, the music adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the festivities.

Supporting Local Businesses

The Tamworth Barbeque Festival also shines a spotlight on local businesses and vendors. Artisan food producers, crafters, and merchants set up shop, offering a wide variety of goods from homemade sauces and spice rubs to handcrafted jewellery and barbeque themed apparel. It’s a great opportunity to support local entrepreneurs while picking up unique souvenirs and gifts.

Plan Your Visit

The Tamworth Barbeque Festival takes place over a weekend in mid-September, giving you plenty of time to explore all that the festival has to offer. Here are a few tips to make the most of your visit:

  • When: Takes place over the last weekend in September – it’s 27-29th September.
  • Arrive Early: To beat the crowds and get first dibs on the best Barbeque, plan to arrive early in the day.
  • Bring Cash: While many vendors accept cards, it’s always a good idea to have some cash on hand for smaller purchases.
  • Stay Hydrated: With so much delicious food to sample, it’s important to stay hydrated. Bring a refillable water bottle and take advantage of the water stations throughout the festival.
  • Wear Comfortable Clothing: The festival grounds can be expansive, so comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing are a must.


The Tamworth Barbeque Festival is more than just a food festival; it’s a celebration of community, culture, and culinary craftsmanship. Whether you’re a Barbeque aficionado or just looking for a fun weekend outing, this festival is sure to leave you with a full stomach and a satisfied smile. Mark your calendars for September and get ready to savour the flavours of Tamworth!

Buy your tickets via the Tamworth Barbeque Festival website.

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