Adelaide Beer & BBQ Fest Supersized Edition!

The team from Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival (ABBF) is proud to announce their biggest lineup yet when they return for the 2017 edition. The largest and most diverse lineup of brewers and cider makers ever assembled in SA; together with the self-proclaimed ‘World’s Most Famous Chef’ and a main stage lineup headlined by Australian music royalty, will roll into the Adelaide Showground on the back of the nation’s biggest beer industry conference and national awards preceding it. 

“This year ABBF has a huge opportunity to show its wares as a festival and the brewing industry in SA as a whole, on a national scale”, said Gareth Lewis, event director. “We have really amped up the event and can’t wait to show it off in July”.



Marc Huber said of curating the beer and cider offering that over 60 beer and cider brands will headline the main beer hall. In addition, some new areas will include the ‘ABBF IPA Soundsystem’ which will showcase over 20 rotating taps of the Rockstar beer style, Indian Pale Ale, some have never been seen before on tap in SA, some never in the country’.



ABBF BBQ Ambassador, Duncan Welgemoed (Africola) is very excited to welcome the incomparable Matty Matheson (Toronto, Canada) to Adelaide for the very first time. The only time he was in Australia (just last year) to film his hit VICELAND show Dead Set On Life, SA wasn’t on the itinerary. This time Adelaide will be his only stop as exclusive guest of ABBF. He will join a host of chefs and restaurants showing their own take on BBQ at the festival for the first time including; Fancy Hank’s (Melbourne), Chris Jarmer presents JK BBQ & Smoke, Low & Slow, Comida, Gilbert Street Wings and plenty more. 



The third element of ABBF has certainly seen some expansion in 2017. Heating the main stage in the cold Adelaide winter will be none other than Regurgitator, Hockey Dad, Ali Barter and West Thebarton Brothel Party. 2017 sees the ‘Gurge into its 24th year together and marking the 20th anniversary of their seminal release Unit which won the lads from Brisbane five (yes, five!) ARIA Awards including Album of the Year. Hockey Dad (NSW) are part of the new wave of Australian rock and roll bands bringing back the music that takes you to a simpler time. Ali Barter is an immense talent that has been riding a wave of critical and now commercial acclaim since the release of single “Girlie Bits” in 2016. They will share the stage with local heroes West Thebarton Brothel Party, Mane and Siamese with more to be announced including 25+ DJs and the winner of a Music SA Beer Band competition. 

‘We are damn proud to present such a diverse and quality line-up at ABBF this year. We feel that the ‘Gurge really have paved the way for so many Australian artists across the breadth of the country and can’t wait ‘til they hit the stage alongside some of the country’s best new talent,” said Aaron Sandow, event promoter. 



In 2016 ABBF was host to over 10,000 people and it is expected to be even bigger this year with event organisers anticipating close to 15,000 attendees.  In a major show of support for the South Australian brewing industry, the national Craft Brewers Industry Association (CBIA) is rolling in to town in the days preceding ABBF. With over 1000 delegates from around the country and overseas expected to descend on Adelaide culminating in the Craft Beer Awards on Thursday night at the Adelaide Oval before ABBF opens on Friday. 

The Festival will be held 28th, 29th and 30th July 2017 in the Adelaide Showground’s historic Brick Dairy Pavilion and will also feature; The Royal Adelaide Beer & Cider Awards presentation, Up In Smoke Australian BBQ Alliance competition, Masterclasses, Q&As, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Chili-wing-off, live tattooing and barber shop, Brewers Feud (kinda like Family Feud but sans-Grant Denyer) and a very un-PC Dad-Bod Wet T-shirt contest.

South Australia’s Minister for Tourism, Leon Bignell, has welcomed the Festival to South Australia’s event calendar. “The government is pleased to support Adelaide's Beer and BBQ Festival. The growing popularity of craft beer and cider brews makes it a very natural extension as a Festival for this state,” Mr Bignell said.

“It’s important we look at hosting events that have great appeal and the craft beer sector continues to grow in popularity. Blending this with great food and music showcases the very best we have to offer here South Australia and I’m confident it will bring visitors to our State.”

The event is supported by South Australian Tourism Commission, NOVA, 5AA, Channel 7, Hamilton Holden, InterContinental Adelaide and Adelaide Showground.

Tickets to the event, which comprises of 4 sessions across a 3 days weekend, range from $25 to $40 per session or $70 for a weekend pass.

Tickets are on sale via the website on Wednesday 3rd May.  For real time updates and lineup announcements for music, chefs and exhibitors and for tickets please refer  to

Event Enquiries: Gareth Lewis
Mobile: 0413 393 580

Exhibitor Enquiries: Marc Huber
Mobile: 0499 994 788

Music Enquiries: Aaron Sandow
Mobile: 0417 394 464

Media Enquiries: Nicola Feeney
Feeney Marketing
Mobile: 0411 755 802

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