Live at the Smokehouse – Port Macquarie

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, the smoke in our skies filled us all with dread but smoke rising from Westport Park on Saturday evening will mean things are getting better.

Live at the Smokehouse is a four-hour food and music festival set to show that big events are on the way back, even as it abides by COVID-19 rules and the seated crowd is limited to 500.

Australian blues and roots star Ash Grunwald and rising country singer Brad Cox head the music menu, while pitmasters Adam Roberts (from Cue Deli at Port Macquarie), Robert Thraves (Smoking Hot and Saucy at Newcastle) and Andrew Donn Patterson (Black Iron Smokers in Sydney) will be dishing delights from their barbecue set-ups.

“I’ll be cooking up a storm,” Adam says after finalising his order for 200kg of meat to be served to the punters.

He will be preparing smoked brisket, pork shoulder and hot smoked cabanossi, demonstrating the skills he has developed while following his passion for barbecuing during the past 10 years.

“It’s different to smoking, because barbecuing creates gentler, more subtle flavours,” he says.

Adam says Live at the Smokehouse will be a great way to end the year, which has seen events like the Port Macquarie Blues and BBQ Festival put on hold and his own business see significant change.

“When COVID struck, Cue Deli saw a 90 per cent drop in business so we focused on our micro butchery and that has attracted plenty of attention from customers.”

Tickets are available, with options for just the live music or also including the barbecue food. BYO deck chairs.

When: Saturday, December 12, 5-9pm

Where: Westport Park, Port Macquarie

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