The Yak Ales Melbourne Barbecue Festival runs from 11am - 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 4/5 February 2017

Patrons wishing to travel to  Yak Ales Melbourne Barbecue Festival by public transport can take Tram No 56 from Elizabeth St  to the event or catch the special event train service to the Melbourne Showgrounds (for the Lunar New Year  TET Festival) and then follow the signs to the Yak Ales Barbecue Festival at Flemington Racecourse (enter via the tunnel).

The original, and the best. Now in its third year, the Yak Ales Melbourne Barbecue Festival celebrates meat, smoke, and summer featuring pitmasters from around Australia and the United States. The Yak Ales Melbourne Barbecue Festival showcases the latest in barbecue and outdoor cooking equipment, live bands, great drinks, and Australia's most prestigious barbecue contest sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

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The aroma of barbecued food on a warm evening is hard to beat as summer stretches out before us. Food and festivals bring people together and the City of Melbourne supports the Yak Ales Melbourne Barbecue Festival as a celebration of eating outdoors.

We invite you to enjoy the opening event at the Queen Victoria Market and the rest of the festival program, with its cooking tips, cook-offs and live music.

Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor

Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor



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