Lake Nagambie, the Lake and Steak Cookoff

By Tara Whitsed

Move over MasterChef, there is a new cooking competition in town.

Running on the banks of Lake Nagambie, the Lake and Steak Cookoff will run in conjunction with the upcoming GoFish Nagambie fishing competition.

Event organisers said there was more to the inaugural GoFish Nagambie tournament than meets the eye.

The entire weekend will feature events including Australia’s largest fishing, outdoor and lifestyle expo, as well as being the home of GoNagambie Festival which features the barbecue cookoff.

Husband and wife team from Avenel Meats Neisha and Scott Reid will provide their reputable steaks for the competition.

‘‘This barbecue competition is a very exciting opportunity for the local region,’’ Mr Reid said.

‘‘It has been a really tough year for farmers on the land and this is such a great way to support local meats and showcase talented cooks.’’

Event organisers said competition barbecuing was one of the fastest growing sports in Australia and participants would need to use their cooking skills to produce tender meat full of flavour.

‘‘Delicious 30mm prime scotch fillet steaks, cooked to absolute perfection — that’s what this comp is all about,’’ event director Rodd Lockwood said.

‘‘But that’s not all; teams will be cooking delicious chicken wings and prawns to entice the judges.’’

Event organisers said the GoNagambie Festival portion of the event was about showing off the best produce from regional Victoria and supporting its grassroots traders.

Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the best produce and immerse in four days of entertainment for the whole family, including the Lake and Steak Cookoff.

The festival hub is free to attend over the Anzac weekend from Thursday, April 25 to Sunday, April 28.

Full event details and entries can be found at