Frequently Asked Questions

COVID Safe Event

The Emerald BBQ and Beer Fest will be presented in a Covid-safe manner. The team are working through the COVID Safe Event Checklist and QLD Health between now and our event date. We will keep all ticket holders up to date with the protocols we are implementing and we expect you to follow as the event draws near.

Safe and Inclusive Space

Emerald BBQ and Beer Fest is a safe and inclusive space for all patrons, vendors, staff and performers. We encourage participation from all members of the community free from prejudice and discrimination. We strongly urge anyone who sees something out of place to report this to staff so appropriate action can be taken.

Card or Cash?

We strongly encourage all payments to be made via card. This is to ensure speed of service, increased security and ease of transactions at the Bar, Food Outlets and Vendor Stalls. Most importantly, there will be no need to wait in lines, counting out coins to buy a beer, as your friends get thirsty for your round! There will be no ATM or cash out facilities on site.

Do I need to pre-purchase tickets?

Yes! This makes things so much easier at the gate by simply presenting your gate ticket either printed or on your smart phone for easy scanning. No waiting in line having to record all your details for our contact tracing process. Tickets on sale at

How much are tickets?

We've made it easy Over 18? Tickets are $10 Under 18? Your entry is free!

How much do things cost?

Here is a guide for the bar, individual food vendors will set their own costs. Alcoholic drinks - $6.00 Non-alcoholic drinks - $2.00 Kids entertainment will be free at the event.

Is there anything to drink at Emerald BBF other than beer?

You bet! Cider, wine, gin and more. Plus a variety of non-alcoholic options. Check out The Line Up page for more details.


Emerald BBF will take place in and around the spacious HIA Pavilion and adjacent areas. Whilst there is plenty of shelter, open fires in outdoor areas and great booze to keep you warm it is still the back end of winter and could always be a bit chilly. Dress appropriately, keep warm and drink responsibly. The show will go on rain or shine.


To ensure we run a COVID Safe event, we will have a capped number of tickets. To ensure you do not miss out you will need to pre-purchase tickets.

Is this event family friendly?

Absolutely! Under 18s are free to enter, there will be free activities for the kids and our entire venue is licenced so no need to keep separated between the bar and your family (unless you like it like that?)

Volunteering at Emerald BBF

Emerald BBF is run by volunteers of the Emerald Show Society and we would love some more help. You will get to meet great crew and be a part of the BBF family! We are also looking for some community groups to put in a tender for a range of tasks. This means the group gets some funds and we get some much needed help. Tasks include manning the ticket booth, managing the car park, bar service and grounds clean up. Please register your interest in volunteering by emailing Y

Does the name on my ticket need to be me?

It sure does. In a world where contact tracing is paramount, we need to know exactly who attends Emerald BBF and how to get in touch with them. Hence the ONLY person that can be admitted with your ticket is you. If you need to transfer your ticket to a mate’s name then details on how to do that will be made available in the weeks leading up to the event. If you feel unwell, experiencing flu-like symptoms or have been advised to self-quarantine and cannot attend the event, please contact us in writing to request a refund at