The name says it all, really. Meatstock, the annual festival dedicated to meat and music took place over the weekend for another year, and once again totally hit the nail on the proverbial. As the crowds flooded through the gates at Sydney Showgrounds, herds of carnivores were treated to more than just a smoky, saucy protein fix. The sun hammered down for two days in a row as Sydneysiders came out in big numbers to check out the second year of workshops, demos, tonnes of slow-cooked meat, haircuts and drinks.
“The festival was pumping” beamed festival organisers Simon Luke and Jay Beaumont, who said feedback was constant and positive all weekend. “Our aim was to cater to all walks of life, offering them variety and something unique in Sydney’s food and music festival scene. We are also a conscientious festival, with not a scrap of meat going to waste this weekend.” All excess food (there were leftovers?!) was donated to OZHarvest, Australia’s leading food-rescue charity.
Though 54 BBQ teams slogged it out for the chance to bathe in the glory of top honours, Sydney based team ‘Smoking Jokers’ took out the top spot. A highlight of the weekend’s festivities was the appearance of revered BBQ Pitmaster Big Moe Cason, who killed it over the coals doing demos for, and chatting with the masses.
The Butcher Wars event was won by Paul Brady from Tender Gourmet Butchery in Macquarie, and the same arena played host to cuts of a different kind, as barbers from across the country battled it out in a display of hair heroics, Sydney’s Bryan Tiska was crowned the winner of the Barber Wars. The Delta Riggs played to the sated crowd and we walked away with a serious case of meat sweats, in need of a Fernet Branca and a lie down.