20th August 2021 – 22nd August 2021 all-day
Lower Castle Park
Castle Rd
Colchester CO1 1UN

This alternative and all-inclusive food festival delivers new and exciting taste sensations, as well as sparking an everlasting interest in the alchemy and techniques of cooking with smoke and fire.

At Smoke & Fire Festival Colchester you’ll watch some of the top BBQ chefs and open-fire cookery, pitmasters’ live demonstrations and masterclasses – whilst feasting on a tremendous variety of BBQ’d and open-fire cooked food.

Still hungry? Wine and dine yourself in one of our fire-cooked or pop-up BBQ restaurants* and wash it all down with a wide selection of bubbles, cocktails, wine or local craft beer.

If you’ve had enough bubbles then head on over to our mini real ale and cider festival or follow one of our taster trails.

With cooking and eating competitions to compete in and vote on, live music, DJs and dancing, children’s fun, games and entertainment, what are you waiting for?


Friday – Gates open 18:30 – 22:30
Saturday – Gates Open 10:30 – 20:30
Sunday – Gates Open 10:30 -18:30


FRIDAY – A chance for you and your friends and family to kick your festival experience off with a bang, dance the night away with to some great live music and DJ’s or why not take it to take it up and notch and pull up a chair and spoil yourself rotten by relaxing in our exclusive VIP Wildfire Lounge the choice is yours. ( separate tickets required) 

SATURDAY – Live fire cooks showcase the latest outdoor cooking trends, techniques and equipment. The pavilion hosts a full schedule of cooking/butchery demonstrations. Sample award-winning street food, eat in pop-up restaurants, enjoy live music at two different stages and let our roaming entertainers entertain you.

SUNDAY – Sunday ignites with all of the above, plus: BBQ cook-offs, chilli and hot wing eating competitions, judging tables and awards ceremony and prize giving. Sample award-winning plant-based street food, eat in pop-up restaurants, enjoy live music at two different stages and let our roaming entertainers entertain you throughout the day 

Early Bird General Admission Friday – £15 
Early Bird General Admission Saturday – £12.50
Early Bird General Admission Sunday – £12.50

General Admission Child tickets (13 – 16 yrs) Friday- £4
General Admission Child tickets (13 – 16 yrs) Saturday – £4
General Admission Child tickets (13 – 16 yrs) Sunday – £4

Under 12 tickets FREE


Add-ons available please see ticket website for details

*Please note: All tickets will be subject to VAT/Fees – see below for details

TICKETS ON SALE NOW – https://www.smokeandfirefestival.com/bbq-festival-east/

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