General Info

Where is Brisbane BBQ Festival held?

Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills


Saturday, 8th and 9th of July, 2017

What are the opening hours?

Gates open at 10am and close at 6pm both days

Where is the Brisbane BBQ Festival site map and timetable?

Find a site map and set times at 

Is the Festival family friendly?

It most certainly is! Children under 12 are free and there will be a Kids Area with various sideshow entertainment.

Can I volunteer at Brisbane BBQ Festival?
A: Absolutely! Register your interest HERE.


I purchased a weekend ticket. How do I gain entry on Sunday to the festival?

Upon entry on Saturday you will receive a weekend entry wristband. DO NOT REMOVE YOUR WRISTBAND as you will need it to gain entry on Sunday. NO wristband = no entry.

What happens if I lose my ticket?

For all ticketing enquiries, please contact Oztix on or phone 1300 762 545.

Do I need to print my ticket?

You can either print your ticket for us to scan at the gate, or we can scan your ticket on your phone.

What do I get for the entry price?

We're glad you asked! As well as being able to watch 40 competition teams compete in the Brisbane BBQ Championships across five categories (including our first-ever WHOLE HOG category), you can enjoy live music across two stages, demonstrations by the best in the business including Hillbilly Wes, entry to our BBQ Market & Expo, free samples, and our favourite, access to 15 local and interstate BBQ food stalls all in one location!

Will tickets be available at the gate on the day?

There will be no tickets available for sale at the gate.

Is Brisbane BBQ Festival 18+?

All ages are welcome, however children under 18 years need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

What happens if I lose my ticket?

If bought online, please contact Oztix.

Will passouts be available on the day?

There will be no passouts issued during the Festival. All required amenities are on-site including toilets, ATMs, bars and food outlets. If you are required to leave the Festival, your wristband will be removed, and you will be required to purchase another ticket on re-entry at full price – so please come prepared! 

What happens if it rains on the day?

The BBQ’s keep on smoking! Large covered areas will be provided.

Getting There

How do I get there?

The entrance is via Gregory Terrace with taxi ranks situated along the road. The nearest Busway station is at Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital, with other bus stops in the vicinity of the Festival. The nearest train station is at Fortitude Valley (Brunswick Street). Check the Translink public transport Journey Planner to plan your trip.

Is there parking nearby?

There will be onsite parking provided by The Brisbane Showgrounds for a fee of $13 per day. Secure Parking have also provided a special offer starting at $5 per day to Festival attendees a short walk away at the Valley Metro Car Park. More details here -


Where do I report any lost or found?

Please email

Can I bring a picnic blanket?

Yes, you’re welcome to bring a picnic blanket to sit on the grassed area and relax. There is also plenty of seating throughout the festival.

Can I buy merchandise?

Yes, you can purchase a variety of Official Brisbane BBQ Festival merchandise from the Info Booth in the festival.

Is the Festival pet-friendly?
Unfortunately pets are not permitted at the Festival.

Can I bring my own alcohol into the Festival?

As Brisbane BBQ Festival is a fully licensed event, no alcohol is to be brought into the Festival. There may be security searches at entry points to the event.  

Is there a dress code?

Festival friendly attire is acceptable – including singlets and shorts – although no crass, offensive or antisocial slogans on apparel permitted in the venue. Although thongs are acceptable, we recommend you wear closed in shoes for your own comfort and safety.

Should I bring cash or card?

Either! The majority of vendors will have eftpos facilities and there will also be ATMS onsite.

Is there disabled access?

Yes, the Brisbane Showgrounds venue is wheelchair accessible.


Will there be long queues again?

This year there will be shorter wait times for both the bar and food vendors. We have more food vendors than last year and there will be larger bars with ready-to-drink service to keep things moving. Plus, the Festival is now spread over two days so there’s more time to enjoy everything BBQ.

I want to eat BBQ!

We hear you! This year we have over 15 food vendors all serving up delicious, authentic BBQ. From BBQ plates and South American BBQ to ribs and brisket, there’ll be heaps of options to satisfy your hunger and cure your meat sweats.

Can we get an update on the competitions?
Yes! This year we will have continuous updates of the competition via our presenters so everyone can see what’s smoking. Our hosts Ben Arnot from Smoking Hot Confessions and Cutloose will interview teams and explain what’s going on throughout the day. There’s even a People’s Choice category so you can vote for your favourite team.

Last year I couldn’t see the demonstrations. Any changes?

Yes! Weber will be doubling the size of their demonstration site and the main demonstration stage is moving outside so more people will have access. You’ll be able to enjoy demonstrations and tastings throughout the day hosted by Josh from Aussie BBQs and Hillbilly Wes from Bovine and Swine (back by popular demand). Plus, there’ll be plenty of market stalls offering demonstrations and tastings of their products so you can recreate delicious BBQ at home.