Beef lovers in Toowomba can look forward to the first ever celebration of the Man Date Festival, set for April 16 at the Mort Estate Hotel.

The Man Date festival is a celebration of all things beef, beer, beards and so much more. The festival will feature a barbecue feast from Aussie BBQ Heroes winners the Shank Brothers, and craft beer from Stone and Wood, All Inn Brewing and Croft Brewing Company. On top of the hefty food and drink options there will be a pop up barber shop, live music, and vendors selling everything a man could need from beard grooming supplies to, of course, beef jerky – represented by Brisbane’s own Bigwig Jerky Co.

In spite of the name women are welcome – so if you don’t have a mate you’d like to treat to a man date, you can bring your partner or family for a day of hearty food and manly pursuits. Says organiser Dan Graf: “Bearded or non bearded people from all walks of life – man, woman or child you are welcome.”

The Man Date Festival will be held on Saturday, April 16 from 11am – 8pm at the Mort Estate Hotel.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the gate or