2016 Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

by | 27 Jul, 2016

BangalowBangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival is celebrating its third annual not-for-profit community event, with authentic local food, music and old-time entertainment in the heart of Byron Bay hinterland, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August.

An Old-Time Variety Show (MA15+) kicks-off on Friday night at the Bangalow A&I Hall from 6-10pm, followed by a stellar Saturday line-up of Bluegrass musicians, a BBQ cook-off, a Pickers competition and family friendly entertainment at the Bangalow Showgrounds.

Some of the featured activities include:

  • BBQ Cook-Off – $1,500 first prize in this Australasian BBQ Alliance-accredited competition. This will see amateurs, chefs and professionals competing for their chance to win
  • A Pickers Comp – $250 first prize for pickers of the guitar, banjo, mandolin, or fiddle.
  • Games for the Kids – $2 each hosted by local schools to assist in raising money to fund arts in
    schools programs.

The festival line up includes:

The Stetson Family
The Cartridge Family
The Wayward Angels
The Hillbilly Goats
Owl Valley Bluegrass
Honey and Knives
Innes and Present Company

To quench any thirst you may develop the festival will have six local craft beers on tap including: Stone & Wood Pacific and Garden Ale, Beard & Brau Red Tail Amber Ale and Margot Pale Ale, Moonshine Coffee Cherry Ale, and Top Shed Cream Ale.

Food and wine selections will also abound. Taste some of the best low ‘n slow smoked meats around, with some old favourites:

  • Bangalow Historical Society serving traditional scones cream and jam
  • Grumpy’s Ginger Beer and Moovin Juice for cold refreshing drinks
  • Moonshine Coffee and Bangalow Coffee Company for a hot cuppa
  • Classic Kettle Corn to enjoy with the music lineup
  • Memphis-style dry rub bar-b-cue ribs from the local area Bangalow BBQ Ribs team.

So hoot ‘n scoot on down to Bangalow for a weekend of great music and sheer good ‘ole fashioned fun.
Tickets on sale now at Eventbrite.

Ticket Prices:

Earlybird – to 18 AugAt Gate
Adult Sat Only $58Adult Sat Only $68
Family Sat Only $78Family Sat Only $88
Variety Show (Friday) $50Variety Show (Friday) $50
Adult 2 Day $78
Adult 2 Day $88
Family 2 Day $148Family 2 Day $158

About the Festival:

Nashville-raised local and festival organiser Fletcher Potanin, inspired by the compelling musicianship of the grass-roots collective the Northern Rivers Songwriter Sessions, saw both the need and desire to create greater accessibility to audiences and musicians. The festival is a collaboration with festival artistic director, Ash Bell of the Starboard Canons.

I feel the sustainability of the creative wealth that’s become synonymous with our region is worth preserving – Fletcher Potanin.

Staffed entirely by volunteers, this event is purely for charity. With the support of the local community, all funds support local Arts & Cultural Initiatives in the Northern Rivers such as: Arts in Local Schools, Original Music Artists Bursaries, and the Bangalow Theatre Company. We’re hoping to do this or better for our community this year.

Over the past three years, the Festival has donated funds directly to local schools to support their Arts Departments, including: Bangalow Public School, Newrybar Public School, Coorabell Public School, Byron Community Primary School, Eureka Public School, Bangalow Community Children’s Centre. Other local recipients have been: Bangalow Boys Scouts, 3 x Original Artists Bursaries, start-up support for the Bangalow Theatre Company, additional donations to the Bangalow A&I Hall and the Showgrounds Parks Trust, as well as the Bangalow Heritage House and Museum.