Returning for its fifth year, Beer & BBQ Festival promises to deliver on cultural and culinary diversity. We chatted to official Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival Food Wrangler, Lil Sangster, about her approach to curating the 2019 line up, which showcases the widest variety of food to date.
Words: Elenor Jones-Gray
Feature image: Danny Howe
The directors of Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival (ABBF) had a clear vision of how they wanted to see the food line up looking this year. “Variety is the number one priority this year with a broad selection of BBQ style food on offer,” says Lil Sangster, official ABBF Food Wrangler.
“Authentic food and community can only be enriched by all the different cultures we have here in Australia… personally, I believe that we are lucky to live in a multicultural society, so it’s only normal to reflect that in the food offerings at events,” said Lil.
As well as the iconic American style smoked meat we have come to expect from ABBF, many other cultures and cuisines are represented in the 2019 line up, including Vietnamese BBQ, Filipino BBQ, Middle Eastern BBQ, Greek vegan street food, Neapolitan Wood Fired pizza, Izakaya (Japanese tapas), and native indigenous food.
Indigenous-owned food supplier Something Wild (well known for their stall in the Adelaide Central Market) is Lil’s pick of the festival, with products including open range game meats and native greens, fruits and spices. “Their commitment to building and maintaining positive relationships with Aboriginal communities is not only driven by their push for a sustainable industry, it also respectfully supports economic benefits for these communities,” she says.
Also new to this year’s line up will be the Food For Thought charity stall by Mal Meiers, promoting open conversation around mental health. The stall will have a roster of chefs including local legend Simon Bryant, David Swaine and Sharon Romeo from Fino, Gus Love from Pink Moon Saloon, Karena Armstrong from Salopian Inn, and Emma McCaskill from Sparkke at The Whitmore – all of which will be donating their time to produce a delicious range of BBQ style dishes.
Lil assures us the long queues and wait times for food are a thing of the past, with many of this year’s providers experienced in large scale events. “We’ve nearly doubled the amount of food vendors from last year, and more than doubled the number of menu items in total,” she adds.
While it’s set to be another authentic festival that celebrates all things BBQ and beer, with vegan and gluten free food options, wheelchair accessibility, and even a family and dog friendly Sunday session, the team ensure it’s a festival for everyone.