Annual Cittaslow Goolwa Smoke Off Festival a success for Goolwa businesses, community groups

Another successful Cittaslow Goolwa Smoke Off Festival was held on Sunday, November 3 on the RSL Goolwa lawns.

It was a spectacular success, with crowds possibly exceeding last year's record.

The available seating was filled for much of the day with people strolling in fresh from the wharf market and other attractions in the wharf precinct.

The event was compered by regular emcee Ian Wright, and festival favourites Matt and the Maniacs provided music for spectators and dancers alike.

A range of tempting and delicious foods were provided by Big Mahalo Hot Dogs, Urban Edibles, Primal Bliss, Fleurieu Ice cream and FroYo, plus Ralphbull the Coffee man.

Langhorne Creek wineries Bleasdale, Karrawatta, Next Crop, Vineyard Road and Kanoetree were kept busy with sales by the glass and bottle.

A key part of the festival was the annual Smoke Off competition, which involved a number of teams using barbecues or gas smokers to smoke a ham or other food to be judged the best on the day in three categories.

Food judges were experienced chefs Michael Duchow and Stephen Roney, with Greg Kuerschner, who has 25 years' experience in hospitality.

Aside from the food contest, teams competed in a competition for the title of best theme which was judged on the creativity and presentation of the marquee-based team entries. This section of the competition was judged by local artist Mike Tye and Lachlan Kelly from the Southern Fleurieu Film Society.

After a lengthy examination of the competing entries, the winners were announced.

Winning team in the ham category was the Green Eggs team, while the Goolwa radio station Alex-FM came in second, with only half a point between the teams.

The Open category was won by the Master Basters, just one-and-a-half points in front of the Goolwa Community Bank.

In the Theme category the Goolwa RSL was successful, in front of the Goolwa Community Bank.

The bumper Smoke Off raffle was drawn on the day with the first prize of a stand-up Hark gas smoker donated by Goolwa Stratco going to Goolwa's Angie Toone. All prizewinners will be contacted.

Proceeds from the raffle will be divided among the Currency Creek CFS, Cittaslow Goolwa and local Goolwa community organisations.

The event was generously supported by the Alexandrina Council, Stratco Goolwa, Shaw Family Vintners, Langhorne Creek Grape and Wine Inc, and several Goolwa eateries.