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The Festival That Has It All...

The Friendly Inn is hosting the biggest festival of Craft Beer and Barbeque in History! 

(Well in the history of Kangaroo Valley that is)

To be held on weekend of the 20th and 21st November 2021, in the grounds of the Friendly Inn. The Kangaroo Valley Craft Beer & BBQ Festival is host to not one, but two, distinctly different BBQ competitions. Where teams will compete for an amazing $10,500 in cash and prizes and visitors can actually get involved by becoming a guest judge!

We will again be hosting a "Kids Que Nation" event for all the budding young barbie chefs to lay on a few chops and get involved.

Also featured on both days are an amazing Craft Beer Expo, an array of unique BBQ inspired caterers, numerous Live Entertainment acts,  a Sausage Eating competition and the incredibly popular "Pig's Day Out" thoroughbred piglet races.

The Shoalhaven's Show Mow, Racing Lawnmowers are coming too.

There are so many opportunities for audience participation and festival cheer that you are sure to have yourself an awesome, legendary weekend. A weekend that  only the friendly staff of the Friendly Inn and the beautiful, picturesque grounds of their famous beer garden can deliver.

What our customers say...

I think the whole concept was really good. Loved the pig racing and auctions, well done to the crew that brought them here to the valley. Craft beer was great! I will be back!!!!!

Phil Baxter

Beers were awesome! Atmosphere was awesome! Had a great time!

Megan Cassidy

Great event once again, weather was tricky but you get that on the big jobs. Can't wait for this year. November can't come quick enough. Eager to defend our title.

Jared Moore

Our Journey...

Since taking the reins in 2011, Peter Thompson has sought to build on the strong community spirit of the Valley by launching an increasing number of festive, community minded initiatives. 

These include the Friendly Inn Community Garden, the Annual Bastille Day Petanque Tournament, an enormously popular New Years Eve Fireworks display and the Annual Kangaroo Valley Craft Beer & BBQ Festival.

The sport of competitive slow-cooked Barbeque is now well established in Australia and New Zealand and as proud host of the Final 2020 Event of the Australasian Barbeque Alliance, "Festival Pete" invites you to come along and enjoy the spectacle. Australia is in the grip of a new sporting sensation known as Competitive Barbeque and the teams competing this weekend are among the best in the country.

The KVBBQ festival joined the ABA circuit in 2015, and is now in it's fourth year. Again this year Pete will host an SCA International Steak Cook-off. This is a completely different style of BBQ competition and along with the Craft Beer Expo, the BBQ Cooking masterclasses held by Barbeques Galore and Noah's Thoroughbred Piglet Races; this years event is set to be a huge hit for the crowd and another chance to for Pete and his team to give back to the community.

Since we started...

The KVBBQ in conjunction with The Friendly Inn has donated thousands to local KV schools, boy scouts, the Volunteer Bushfire Brigade and many other community initiatives. We are proud of our community endeavours and we are ever grateful for the patronage of our locals and visitors. Each year we strive to improve the event in both the activities presented and the service provided. We welcome you once again to the KVBBQ for 2021 and we truly hope you enjoy the festival.

May The Best Grill Win!


BBQ Teams


Craft Beers


Cash & Prizes


Wacky Piglet Races

Our Team...

We have a whole team of staffs and local volunteers on hand to ensure your time with us is outstanding. And along with representatives from ABA sponsor Barbeques Galore, our other sponsors, the many craft breweries and our security partners working behind the scenes; you can be sure you're enjoyment of the festival is our top priority.

Our team will be readily available to help in case you have questions or problems. Everyone is working hard on making sure your festival experience is awesome.

We'd love to see you there! Cheers!

Do you have questions?

Peter 'Festival' Thompson (That's me on the right)

Get in touch with us! Our laid-back-country, customer support team will get back to you right after the next round is served!