If you have great cooking skills on the barbecue, opportunity awaits.
That's the message from Armidale Regional Council, ahead of next month's inaugural Big Chill Beer and Barbecue Festival.
The barbecue and craft brewers/distillers event, run by the council, will include cook-off competitions and now the council is on the hunt for barbecue connoisseurs to take part.
The weekend will include the Steak Cook-off Association (SCA) sanctioned Steak Cook-off Round and the Australasian Barbecue Alliance sanctioned Championship Round.
Council's General Manager James Roncon said competing was a great way to get involved in the festival.
"What better way to enjoy the Big Chill Beer and Barbecue Festival than to spend it tongs in hand cooking up some mouth-watering barbecue creations," Mr Roncon said.
"The Steak Cook-off Association and the Australasian Barbecue Alliance have established themselves as leaders in the barbecuing industry, so it is fantastic they can be part of the Big Chill Festival."
If you pride yourself on your tastebuds rather than your cooking abilities, members of the public can also sign up to be a judge for either competition.
Entries for both judges and competitors can be submitted via the Big Chill website, and no experience is necessary.
If you simply want to come along, chill out, and enjoy the festival amongst Armidale's picturesque Autumn setting, tickets are still available to purchase via the Big Chill website.
"The cooler months are a standout time of year for our region, so make sure you invite your friends and family to come and enjoy a locally brewed craft beer and a warming barbecue meal in a festival setting," Mr Roncon said.
"After a tough year of events being cancelled due to COVID-19, let's all come together and make this inaugural festival the best that it can be."
Civic Park will be fenced off on the weekend of May 15 and 16, and the two-day festival will be an over-18 event.
Applications from interested food and alcohol vendors, trade stalls, and musical acts are still being accepted. To apply, visit www.bigchill.com.au and submit the application form.
The Big Chill Beer and Barbecue Festival was made possible by an $80,000 grant from the NSW Government's Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund.
Armidale Regional Council is expecting 3000 people to attend the event each day.
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