Barbie, beers and Nollsy

For those with a hankering for a beer and barbie, the upcoming South East BBQ is an event worth checking out.Held at Tynong’s Pakenham Racing Club, the 16 February event will be a highlight of the Gippsland social calendar this season.

South East BBQ spokesperson Peter Caldwell said the event will be a great opportunity to get together with mates while enjoying the best meat and beer that Gippsland has to offer with the ultimate BBQ soundtrack performed by the quintessential Aussie rocker, Shannon Noll.

“For many countries and nationalities around the world, the BBQ is a culinary custom, and they all do it differently but have one thing in common – the BBQ is a cultural experience that centres around the celebration of food, friends and family,” Mr Caldwell said.

“The South East BBQ will showcase the cooking styles of American, Filipino, Cypriot and Argentinian BBQ with local BBQ heroes including Mauro Callegari from The Independent (Gembrook) and Leigh Marino from The Courthouse (Warragul).

“We’ll also have local beer flowing to wash it all down from brewers including Jetty Road Brewery, St Andrews Beach Brewery, Green Gully Brewery, The Cheeky Pint and Yak Ales.”

Mr Caldwell said food vendors will include The Smoke Pit, GTS BBQ, Kansas City Bill’s BBQ, The Cypriot Kitchen, Cheeky Goose, Sneaky Cheese, Got Beef, Barkada Pinoy, Honey Dee Loukemades and many more.

“We have also scored a major coup with the great Aussie icon Shannon Noll performing for the crowd: a great opportunity for ticket-holders to see one of the country’s greatest performers up close and personal in a relaxed, country atmosphere,” Mr Caldwell said.

“Each ticket holder will receive a free SEBBQ trucker cap and SEBBQ Schooner to use on the day, and reminisce after the event, included in the price.

“We have a range of promotions happening as well including the opportunity to ‘Have a Beer with Shannon’ and a Kansas City Barbecue Society BBQ competition with the grand champion team winning a spot in the international finals in Kansas City.”

Tickets are available at the event site or at the gate. Children under 18 are free.

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