Well yesterday was pretty awesome! Who knew the people of Launceston loved meat, fire and music so much?
Lanson Grill Fest was absolutely rammed – so much so we actually had to cancel demos because there were too many people round the smokers! Meat and beer had to be restocked four times. We were gutted when the weather forced us to postpone it back in May but it turns out that was definitely the right thing to do.
A lot of people still think of barbecuing as being about charred sausages and undercooked chicken, so we wanted to show that it’s really about cooking over live fire using charcoal and wood, whether it’s smoking large joints of meat low and slow, or char grilling fresh seafood. Our chefs are always experimenting at the restaurant but it was even better to be able to bring it out into the town and make it accessible for everyone.
Sizzle Grills deserve a special mention for the amazing spectacle of their Argentine barbecue. The beef tasted as great as it looked and we’ll definitely be trying out different ways of cooking inspired by them.
Saturday wasn’t just about big slabs of juicy meat though. There were art and craft stalls from Paige’s Paintings, Eccentric Ella, Diane Short and Karen Farrington, as well as lots of entertainment. Encore Kids did some quality face painting; McQueen’s Theatre School drew big crowds for their performances; local graffiti artist Dorian Weeks sprayed a piece to commemorate the event; the Big Dog Boogie Band played their great brand of blues; and Feral Fairy got the kids having a go at circus skills before putting on a fire display. The new Cornish Barbecue Company had their kit on display too. It was a busy day!
We’d also like to thank Launceston Voluntary First-Aid Service whose members supported the festival. It was awesome to be able to introduce them to our food.
People keep saying our events are exactly what Launceston needs more of, so we’re putting on Launceston Family Fun Day next Saturday, August 1 and the third Launceston Beer Festival on Saturday, August 22, both in the town square. See you there!