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March 30, 2023

First details for Adelaide Beer & BBQ 2023 announced

Returning for another round, Adelaide Beer & BBQ has released its initial music lineup and announced an international collaboration between five Australian breweries and 2085 Brewery in Ukraine to raise funds for Ukrainians affected by war.

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  • Words: Maxwell Bland
  • Image 1: Nick Astenai
  • Image 2—3: Daniel Marks
  • Image 4: Morgan Sette

The Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival is returning in 2023, happening at the Adelaide Showground from 14—16 July.

After welcoming more than 21,000 punters in 2022, the team behind the event promises an even bigger 2023.


Beer & BBQ Festival 2023
14—16 July
Adelaide Showground
Tickets and more info

“This year we’ve dialled it up and will be bigger, badder, fatter and louder again. It’s a beast,” says Adelaide Beer & BBQ director Aaron Sandow.

On the music front, the 2023 festival will feature performances from The Living End, Dune Rats, DJ royalty Dexter (founding member of The Avalanches) and Magic Dirt, among others.

The local music contingency includes DEM MOB, Loose Units, Juliette Seizure and the Tremor-Dolls, Street Legal and Stiff Necks.

There has been one beer announcement made so far, with the festival partnering with Ukrainian brewery 2085 to raise funds to providing emergency aid inside Ukraine to the fighters and families.

The Ukrainian brewery will create beer with breweries from around the country for the event, with Little Bang, Mismatch, Co-Conspirators (VIC), Batch (NSW) and Range (QLD) on board for the initiative.

Beer & BBQ will also go on tour ahead of the Adelaide event, popping up at Shifty Lizard Brewing (on 20 May), Little Rippa (on 27 May) Watsacowie Brewing (on 3 June) and Wooldshed Brewery (on 10 June).

Further details on the beer lineup will be released in April.

This picture: Nick Astenai


As for the barbecuers, the festival has announced a collaboration between Big Bad Wolf and Something Wild, a globe-trotting Indigenous BBQ program called World’s on Fire which will feature Timorese chef Cesar Gaio, Moi An’s Vietnamese Street Food, The African Kitchen Project (presented by the African Women’s Federation of SA), and Sicily Up In Smoke by Palermo’s Lorena Corso.

There will also be feed available from Black Iron Smokers (NSW), a Sneaky Pickle collaboration with Signature Smoke (QLD), Cheekies Fried Chicken teaming up with Fancy Hanks (VIC), and Burger Head (NSW).

The full barbecue lineup will drop in May.

This picture: Morgan Sette


Alongside the beer, barbecue and music, the festival will also features live art shows, fire installations, secret drinking dens, live wrestling, BMX & skateboarding, axe throwing, a Beer Bod competition, carnival rides, tattooing, motorbikes, DJs and the unveiling of the Kevin Bacon Spa & Wellness Retreat.

For more information, stay tuned.

This picture: Nick Astenai

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