Over the weekend of June 9 and 10, the small village of Broke Fordwich will come alive with all things low and slow barbequed. 2018 will be the first year of the Smoke in Broke Festival, and the line-up is shaping up to be one of the biggest country BBQ events of it’s kind. Organisers hope that this event will soon be a much-anticipated event on the annual events calendar – and we cant help but agree!
Broke’s McNamara Park will host approximately 30 BBQ teams – all battling it out for over $10,000 in cash and prizes. But you don’t have to be a barbie-connoisseur to be part of all the action - visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy a weekend of fun activities, food
trucks, craft beer, boutique wine and plenty more.
Conducted over two days, entry is only $7 at the gate or $6.15 pre-purchased online from Eventbrite. Children under 12 are free, and one ticket will get you entry for the entire weekend – so why not visit both days!
Saturday’s event schedule includes cooking demonstrations, activities for the kids, market stalls, music from local bands, and a lot of low and slow BBQ. The evening is set to finish with a classic rock/country concert set by Firepits for all to enjoy. In the evening the teams will begin
preparing for competition day, and the sweet smell of BBQ will begin to return to the air.
Sunday will be a day all about BBQ! Smoke in Broke is one of Australia’s only BBQ competitions that allows spectators to taste the BBQ cooked by the teams, when Sunday visitors are given the opportunity to purchase a tasting plate and sample some of the mouth-watering treats cooked up by contestants (while supplies last!) Plate-tasters will receive
two delicious sides and a vote in the people’s choice award. Tasting plates must be purchased to participate in team tastings.
Official judging will be carried out by Australian BBQ Association judges, but at the end of each meat turn in, the teams are encouraged to let the public taste their extra meat and garner crowd support.
This event is being coordinated by Smokin Hot ‘n Saucy and has the support of Singleton Shire Council and the Broke Wine Region. Food vendors over the weekend will include local brewer Dusty Miner Craft Brewery, Savannah Estate and Catherine Vale Wines, Smokin Hot 'n
Saucy (Sydney Meatstock BBQ Champs), Ranga's BBQ, Crafty Street Eats, Good Food Union Burgers, and Whisked Away Pancakes – so bring your tastebuds!