Event ~ The Big Grill Festival, Herbert Park – August 15th-17th

Here at Gin & Griddle we are big fans of BBQ… and there’s an exciting event coming up next month. Neon & Bodytonic are bringing us Ireland’s first ever international BBQ festival & competition.

Big Grill 1

Taking place in Herbert Park in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, The Big Grill Festival will be crammed full of all things BBQ, grilling, smoking, meat, and of course accompanied by the best of craft beers and cider.

The restaurant line-up is impressive – Asador and Kinara Kitchen are definite standouts for me. The finest meats cooked using live fire and smoke by top chefs & eateries – yes please!

A handpicked selection of some of Ireland’s best Craft Beers & Ciders will compliment the food, from Tom Creans, Rascals, Trouble Brewing & Eight Degrees.  However is beer is not your thing, there will also be wines and soft drinks available.

Grill 2If you want to perfect your BBQ techniques… to cook the most perfect of steaks, or delicious ribs, or delectable pulled pork….  join the ‘Grillster Academy’ and learn about; BBQ, grilling, smoking, meat selection & preparation, rubs, sauces, sides, beer brewing…

Grill 4For those hardy people among us enter the Chilli, Hot Wing and Meat Eating competitions that will take place throughout the weekend… do you dare enter?!

Grill 5Once you’re BBQ’d out and topped up with craft beer and drinks, there’s the music – a soundtrack of funk, soul, blues, brass, hip-hop & disco by top DJs programmed by Discotekken throughout the weekend.

Grill 6The Festival takes place over a weekend, Friday 15th to Sunday 17th August. Early bird tickets are still available on their website (€12 per person for a day ticket)… so go snap them up!

I am so looking forward to this Festival – Lets hope for some sunshine to make it even better…See you all in Herbert Park in August!

Website: www.biggrillfestival.com

Twitter: @biggrillfest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigGrillFestival

Update – August:

Here’s the updated poster with the new additions – even more nice things!

BigGrill Poster Illy


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  1. Mel Devlin says:

    To the Organiser of the weekends Big Grill Festival in Herbert Park.
    I attended the Bar-B-Q in Herbert Park on Sunday last. Firstly let me start on a positive note,the setting was perfect as I had less then 10 mins to travel to the event and the weather on Sunday was nice and warm and sunny.(neither of which had anything to do with the organisers).
    Now sadly let me move to the negatives of the event and there are so many I don’t know were to start.
    Firstly the entrance fee of €16 (no I did not wish to avail of the book of six that work out at approx €8).I was penalised for buying the ticket on the day,100% charge in the price for waiting until the Sunday to buy my ticket,its rip of Ireland at its best.
    Secondly I still have €10 in useless vouchers that I HAD to buy in order to purchase at the over priced food and drink stalls.
    The remaining food and drink vouchers were non-refundable.What is that about,even Ryanir refund your unused voucher.
    Its the second rip off.
    Only one designated stall for coffee that wasn’t great for competition .
    Now on to the food stalls for rip off no 3 of the day €8 for a hot dog and a small carton of cold chips.
    The hotdog was lovely but not €5 worth of loveliness !
    No animals allowed in the park !
    Is Ireland trying its best to become the worlds unfriendliest country for pets with event organisers doing their fair share to promote same.
    I have attended many events in my life but I would place this Bar B Q event near the very bottom of my list.
    I got absolutely nothing extra for my €16,ZERO return for my buck !! not even when I asked for a taster from the venders displaying their products for tasters was it forthcoming.
    Yesterday Big Grill Festival was poor value for money,badly organised (they ran out of tickets at around 3:30pm Sunday) unfair in context of value for money and a sharp reminder that the “Glory Days” of rip off Ireland are only a heart beat away.


    Mel Devlin

    1. Hi Mel, thanks for your comment on my post. However this is just that – a post about the Big Grill Festival. I’m not an organiser or connected to the organiser! You can visit their site at www.http://biggrillfestival.com/ or email them on info@biggrillfestival.com… hopefully they can respond to your feedback. I have also posted my own thoughts on the festival just today on Gin & Griddle which is my food & drink blog.

      1. Mel Devlin says:

        Sorry about that and thanks for the direction to the official site.

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