A new beer, blues and barbecue festival set for May 2019 is expected to attract hundreds of blues lovers and foodies from across the state to Lake Macquarie.

The inaugural ‘Belmont Beers, Blues and BBQ’, held at Belmont South Foreshore on Saturday 25 May, will be a celebration of craft beer, live music and mouth-watering food.

Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism, Jacqui Hemsley, said it will be a great opportunity for people to sample barbecue cuisine from around the world, meet local brewers and kick back with mates to the smooth sounds of live blues, right on the shores of Lake Macquarie.

Bondi Cigars

“Nothing beats barbecue, cold beer and great music. Combined with the gorgeous foreshore of Lake Macquarie, we are sure our first Belmont, Beers Blues and BBQ event will be a huge success,” Ms Hemsley said.

“Getting together to experience well-known Australian blues musicians, and enjoy craft breweries and delicious food from some of the best regional barbecue chefs is what living in Lake Macquarie is all about – having fun and loving life.”

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said there is an appetite in the Lake Macquarie community for more evening and night-time events.

“Our draft Night-time Economy Action Plan identified a need for diversity in the events we offer, as well as more options in terms of evening and night-time events in Lake Macquarie City,” Cr Fraser said.

“I am sure this event will be a huge success and hope to see it become an annual event on the Lake Macquarie festival and events scene.”

The musical line-up features, MC Richard King, Bondi Cigars, Kevin Borich, Greg Bryce Blues Band and Catfish Soup. The event will also feature illumination sculptures, roving performance artists and opportunities to meet the barbecue chefs to pick up some  tips.

Patrons can bring their rugs and chairs to enjoy an evening of blues music and delicious food from our hand-picked food vendors.

The event kicks off at 5pm and is 18+ only.

Tickets are $50 which will give you entry, a reusable souvenir cup and two beer and two food tastings. Tickets can be purchased at: lakemac.com.au/belmontbbb

Set-times and stallholders will be announced in the coming weeks.

Event info – Belmont Beers, Blues and BBQ

Where: Belmont South Foreshore

When: Saturday 25 May, 5-11pm

Tickets: $50 per person, plus booking fee. Includes two beer tastings, two food tastings and reusable souvenir cup Additional beverages and food can be purchased within the festival.