General Info

Where is Brisbane BBQ Festival held?

The Sporting Fields, Victoria Park

(271 Gilchrist Avenue, Herston, QLD)


Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July, 2018

What are the opening hours?

Gates open at 11am and close at 7pm both days

Where is the Brisbane BBQ Festival site map and timetable?

The Site Map and Timetable are yet to be announced - watch this space.  

Is the Festival family friendly?

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

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 Ticketbooth via 

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 smart phone.

What do I get for the entry price?

We're glad you asked! As well as being able to watch 80 competition teams compete in the Brisbane BBQ Championships across six categories, you can enjoy live music, demonstrations by the best in the business, entry to our BBQ Market & Expo 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 unless sold out prior.

Is Brisbane BBQ Festival 18+?

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

Will passouts be available on the day?

Your wristband issued at the entry gate when entering the Festival grants you access for the day, so you can come and go as you please.

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 Gilchrist Avenue with taxi ranks situated along the road.

By Car/Taxi:

 - from Brisbane CBD or Eastern Suburbs, head via the M3 to Gilchrist Ave, Herston. Take the Herston Rd exit off the M3. Victoria Park is less than a 10 minute drive from the CBD by car

- from Northern Suburbs, head via Enoggera Rd or Lutwyche Rd.

By Bus:

Buses 66, 330, 333 and 340 stop regularly at the Herston Bus stop which is a short walk from the Victoria Park Sporting fields. There are other bus stops including Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital bus station in the vicinity of the Festival.

By Train:

The nearest train station is at Fortitude Valley (Brunswick Street). To visit Victoria Park by train, exit at Newmarket, Roma St or Brunswick St train station, then take a taxi or bus to Herston Rd. Check the Translink public transport Journey Planner to plan your trip.

Is there parking nearby?

There will be onsite disabled parking provided along Gilchrist avenue. The nearest parking is a 5 minute walk away,

Cornerstone Parking at Royal Brisbane Hospital, 325 Herston Rd with all day parking on weekends starting from just $12. Visit . 

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 at 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 festival operates with a cashless card which you can top-up either online or with cash or card at the top-up booths. There will also be ATMS onsite.

Is there disabled access?

Yes, the venue is wheelchair accessible.

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.

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

Yes! We will be doubling the size of our demonstration site and the main demonstration stage is outside so more people will have access. You’ll be able to enjoy demonstrations and tastings throughout the day hosted by some of the best in the business. Plus, there’ll be plenty of market stalls offering demonstrations and tastings of their products so you can recreate delicious BBQ at home.