Community Cook-Off at the Narrowboat


  • Daytime, Live Music and Outdoor
  • Tickets from free
  • City Centre
  • Over 18
  • Sat, 10th Aug 2024 @ 11:00 - 16:00
  • 11:00 - 16:00

This August, The Narrowboat are teaming up with Community Cook-Off to bring you a fantastic, competitive afternoon showcasing the best of Reading's barbeque-ing prowess.

12 teams will be asked to replicate a dish, with only a picture and ingredients as a recipe, and our panel of judges will also ask for 2 side dishes from each team - the teams choose items from a fresh larder of produce, and battle it out to be crowned Reading's BBQ champions!

Members of the public are welcomed to come along and witness the competition whilst enjoying some beers or cocktails on our riverside terrace - and you'll even have the chance to sample the food after the judging is over! There'll be a full afternoon of live music too, to keep you entertained.

Interested in signing up your own team and showing off your BBQing skills? Email to express your interest!


The Community Cook-Off, established in 2018, is an extraordinary initiative that endeavours to bring together community services and residents from all walks of life, irrespective of age, ethnicity, or background. It serves as a unifying platform through its annual competition of programs, fostering a sense of togetherness and celebrating the diverse culinary talents within the community. Originating in the vibrant neighbourhood of North Kensington, the Cook-Off has become a cornerstone event that showcases the power of food and communal spirit. Each year, participants eagerly participate in this remarkable event, showcasing their culinary prowess and creativity while contributing to a worthy cause - and this year, the Cook-Off is coming to Reading for the first time!

The Cook-Off holds the conviction that food has the remarkable ability to bridge gaps, nurture connections, and create lasting bonds. By raising funds for truly commendable causes, this event goes beyond a mere competition; it becomes a catalyst for positive change, enabling meaningful contributions to various social causes that uplift and empower the community at large.




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Register your interest and we'll be in touch with instructions on how to join in!

11:00 - 16:00 Free admission
Book a table

Don't fancy cooking but still want to get involved? Book a table and enjoy some beers or cocktails on our riverside terrace alongside some live music and watch the competition heat up!

11:00 - 16:00 Free admission



Blakes Lock, Gas Works Road, RG1 3EQ


City Centre


The Narrowboat


The Narrowboat

Located on the waterfront of the Kennet and Avon Canal and just a short walk away from the city centre, The Narrowboat is a lively and atmospheric pub. Fab for casual date nights and catch-ups with friends, it's the perfect venue to host any occasion or private event. This converted biscuit factoryhas…


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