Celebrating its third year, Meatstock festival is returning to Auckland for another meat extravaganza on February 16 and 17. Meatstock will be hosting some of the meatiest names in barbecue and kicking off the first event of the year is hardcore carnivore Jess Pryles.

Born and raised in Australia, Pryles found her spiritual home in Austin, Texas,where she now resides. After many years of being intimidated by even the word meat, Pryles decided to invest in some carnivore education and co-founded the Australasian Barbecue Alliance.

“I love being part of this foodie favourite event and seeing the meat-love spread to New Zealand,” she said. “Being a judge at Meatstock Auckland really gives me the opportunity to be fully immersed in the New Zealand barbecue scene. It’s exciting to see teams bring their own flavours and rubs to the table – I can’t wait to see what they serve up this year!”

Over 50 teams from across New Zealand and counting will be battling it out at the third Meatstock NZ barbecue wars for $12,000 in cash and prizes and more importantly to be crowned the best barbecuers in the land. The two-day lineup includes competitions such as the ‘Barbecue and Butcher Wars’, as well as demonstrations and workshops. The event is garnished with a backdrop of live bands, BBQ inspired food trucks and craft beer from Liberty Brewing.

Tickets are available from and cost $35.00 per day or $55.00 for a weekend super pass, with children under 12 entering free with every adult ticket purchased.