New Zealand's newest food festival, Meatstock, will stick to your ribs
Carnivores rejoice, there's a festival coming to New Zealand just for you.
Smoked and grilled meats, cold beers, loud music and wet shaves will be on show at Auckland's newest festival, Meatstock.
Coming from over the ditch, the Australian-born festival is a proven hit, drawing more than 10,000 meat fans to the Sydney event this year.
Organisers have extended the festival to two new locations in 2017, including Auckland.
Co-founder Jay Beaumont said he couldn't wait to bring the festival to the ASB Showgrounds next year.
"We will stick to the same sizzling event recipe and provide an awesome line-up of blues and country bands at each location," Beaumont said.
The event will host butcher, barbecue and barber competitions, as well as demonstrations and workshops for revellers.
"Punters can enjoy their favourite cuts of meat along with a side serving of great music – they'll be plenty to digest."
As well as the main events, food trucks, live bands and plenty of beer will feature.
"We can't wait to spread our barbecue wings over the pond to New Zealand. NZ is well know for its amazing food and wine, but we think low and slow barbecue is something very new and exciting that kiwis will love.
"The family-friendly festival will be packed full of New Zealand's best barbecue and music to create a memorable weekend for the whole family," Beaumont said.
A call has also gone out for judges, butchers, barbecue chefs and barbers who want to get involved to contact the crew at Meatstock.
It will take place over the weekend of February 25b with one and two-day tickets on sale soon.