Meat Meet still to find its feet
The organiser of Horsham’s Meat Meet competition remains uncertain if the barbecue-cooking event will remain in the Wimmera’s capital next year.
Robert Moir said while the two-day event at Horsham’s Maydale Reserve was a success for competitors, he was ‘underwhelmed’ by a lack of community patronage.
Mr Moir, who runs similar competitions across Australia, said there was doubt about Meat Meet staying in Horsham, but he was confident it would remain in the region.
“It’s an annual event on the competition circuit, so it will be back, but whether it will stay in Horsham, at this stage, I’m not sure. It will definitely stay in the region though,” he said.
“I was pleased with how it went and was interested in gauging public attendance.
“From my impression it wasn’t a lot, but then I was inside a lot of the time as well.
“It’s just one of these things. It’s a pretty specific interest and if you figured out the population here with that interest it’s probably correct with about how many people rocked up.
“The reality is I could announce one of these events in Melbourne and tickets would probably sell out in a day.”
The event involved hundreds of competitors, with regional judges as well as others from Adelaide and Melbourne critiquing a range of categories such as chicken, lamb, pork and beef.
Mr Moir said Melbourne team Butchers Axe walked away with the biggest grand-champion trophy in Australian barbecuing history on Sunday after securing the 2019 Meat Meet grand champion title.
He said from a competitive side, teams were ‘absolutely rapt’.
Mr Moir said people could experience more ‘low and slow’ cooking at the 2019 Fat Drip BBQ Competition in the Barossa Valley on October 5 and 6.