Entry is free to the Smoke on the Coast event.
The Whangateau Holiday Park will this weekend host the final competition of the year for the NZ Barbecue Association Championship.
Organiser Derrick Paull is inviting locals to the “Smoke on the Coast” event on December 5 and 6.
More than 40 teams from Kerikeri to Christchurch will compete for multiple national titles.
The teams are the best in their respective fields, having achieved top rankings based on scores from nine regional events throughout the country.
Saturday will feature “hot and fast” barbecuing of wings, steak and lamb. The big event on Sunday is the “low and slow” smoking competition featuring chicken, pork ribs and beef (ribs, brisket and chuck).
Visitors will be able to interact with competitors and wrap their laughing gear around some delicious cooked meats.
There will be some iconic smoking rigs on display, including that of last year’s champion, Wayne Dill, who cooks using a scale model of an army tank with smoke emerging from the turret.
Sadly, the 2018 national champion, Caleb Taiala, recently passed away, but his sons will compete using his rig in his memory.
“It’s going to be a pretty special moment for the barbecue community. They have chipped in to get Caleb’s sons up here,” Derrick says.
Derrick chose the Whangateau campgrounds as the venue having been there as a kid nearly every summer. He says it fits the Kiwi barbecue vibe perfectly.
Saturday’s event runs from 10am to 6pm while on Sunday it will run from 10am to 4pm.
The event is free to attend but attendees must register at the Smoke on the Coast page on Eventfinda, even if they register at the gate. Parking is on the Whangateau Reserve.