20-22 August 2021

Colchester Castle Park

Smoke & Fire Festival: The Nation’s Largest BBQ Festival Experience in the East

A very warm welcome to Smoke & Fire Festival Colchester

Experience something truly innovative, exciting, engaging and memorable.

This alternative 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?

Be a bright spark…

*Some feature events require additional tickets and/or pre-booking.


Extreme Eating Challenges

We’re running 5, yes 5 extreme eating challenges during Smoke & Fire 2021.

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The Crunchy Challenge

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Screaming Hot Wings Challenge

The Sausage Man Speed Eating Challenge

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Screaming Hot Wings Challenge

Ultimate Chilli Eating Challenge

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A thrilling one-off national BBQ competition at Smoke & Fire East to crown the undisputed ‘British BBQ Champion’.

Whether you are part of an existing Pro Team or just a keen back garden cook; this is the competition for you!

  • BBQ aficionados & hotshots will cross tongs in our British Open BBQ Championship.
  • Mouthwatering dishes will be based not only around the classic low’n’slow traditions of Chicken, Ribs, Pork, Beef etc but also Plant-based dishes, Steak, Desserts and so much more.
  • Our team of hand-picked expert judges will decide on who is BBQ is crowned ‘British BBQ Champion 2021’. Plus there will be a public vote for the people’s champion.
  • So teams, bring on your secret rubs & sauces to create the most succulent, finger-licking, delicious BBQ dishes in the country!
  • Team entry includes weekend access to the Festival, a pitch for your camp and cook stations and a chance to win and enter the British BBQ Hall of Fame!
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The best BBQ and open-fire cookery masterclasses anyone could wish for!

A flaming great feature at every Smoke & Fire Festival, The Feast of Fire live demo stage presents:

  • Live cooking demonstrations and tasters all day Saturday and Sunday
  • Some of the most skilled and experienced fire cook and BBQ pit masters in the country and beyond
  • The chance to learn how to cook their signature dishes (and taste them of course!)
  • The opportunity to acquire techniques, top tips and secrets that will help anyone raise their outdoor cooking game
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Let us light YOUR fire at the launch party for Smoke & Fire Festival Colchester.

  • Traders will be trading, food & drink-loving guests will be consuming!
  • This is a flaming great opportunity for you, your friends and family to kick your safe festival experience off with a bang.
  • Dance the night away, eat & drink to your heart’s content or, relax in our exclusive Whitley Neill and Dead Mans Fingers, VIP Wildfire Lounge. The choice is yours.* 

*Some feature events require additional tickets and/or pre-booking.


SATURDAY sees the roaring start to the festival weekend.

Live fire cooks showcase the latest outdoor cooking trends, techniques and equipment. The pavilion hosts a full schedule of cooking/butchery demonstrations.

Enjoy award-winning street food, live music at two different stages and let our roaming entertainers entertain you!

All washed down with great local real ale and cider.

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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.

Engulf yourself in flaming fiery theatre at its best.

Music @ Colchester

We’ve got some great music acts playing for your ears. More acts to be announced soon!

Hurry and book your Colchester tickets…

And There’s more

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Pop-up Restaurants


Feast in the finest BBQ & open fire cookery restaurants. Two fire cooking restaurant guest chefs and their teams will create, cook & serve a 3-course set menu while you make new friends at the 100-seater long dining table!*

*Pre-booking required.

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Chilli challenges

Think you can take the heat? Then run the hottest gauntlet at Smoke & Fire Festival Colchester & enter our tongue tingling extreme chilli and hot wing eating competitions.

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For you grown-ups, they’ll be live music over two stages, plus international DJ’s laying down the best of Afrobeats, Old Skool, US House, 90s-00s & R&B.

Our Kids Zone will provide hours of fun including bouncy castles, climbing walls, zorb balls & circus skill workshops.

Where is it?

Colchester Castle Park
High Street
Colchester, UK

Get directions

Map of Smoke & Fire Festival Colchester

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