The Big Grill returns to Herbert Park this weekend!

Now in its sixth year, Europe's largest BBQ & Craft Beer festival, The Big Grill, returns to Herbert Park! From Thursday the 15th of August to Sunday the 18th of August, food fanatics will gather in Herbert Park to enjoy all that The Big Grill celebrates.

The festival celebrates the art of cooking with fire & smoke bringing chefs, cooks and pitmasters from Ireland, UK and further along with over 20,000 visitors to smell, taste, discover and learn about all kinds of barbecuing, grilling, smoking, vegetables, meats, delicacies and drinks.

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Over 20 restaurants join for the weekend, with the only rule being they must cook with live fire using natural charcoal and wood only; no gas or electricity. Cue competitive fire pit builds in the lead up to the festival and plenty of theatre over the weekend. This years fire-filled line up, curated by pitmaster & festival co-founder Andy Noonan, has a distinct international street food vibe with New York, London, Buenos Aires and Birmingham all represented. You can check out their fantastic line-up right here.

As well as fantastic food, attendees will be treated to ‘Bastecamp’. Hosted by food writer Dee Laffan, this will the smoking hub of the festival where barbecue experts get hands-on for heated chats and in-depth demos including BBQ Basics with John Relihan, Beer Tasting with Hellfire Brew Club,  Genevieve Taylors Veggie BBQ Masterclass, world champion Chris Lilly tells us the secrets of Competition Barbecue, and plenty more. On the main stage, the wildly popular eating challenges are back. Watch brave souls who think they can take the heat live on stage, with Chili Eating at 4pm and Franks Hot Wing Challenge at 7pm, hosted by a very enthusiastic DJ BBQ. There is music across the weekend from prYmary colours, TBL8 brass band, Bodytonic DJs and Sing For Your Dinner Karaoke every evening. Check out the jam-packed timetable here.

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Situated in Herbert Park, The Big Grill couldn’t be easier to access. Travel by foot, bicycle or car, but as parking spaces are limited, it’s highly recommended to make the most of public transport. The Dart’s nearest stations, Lansdowne Road and Sandymount, are but a hop skip and a jump away. If you fancy coming along by bus then jump on any of the 46a, 145, 7 or the 39a.

Once you arrive at The Big Grill, their own currency, ‘Smokins’, will be used throughout the weekend. These can be bought in the Token Booths throughout the event area, and each ‘Smokin’ is worth €1.

Snap up your tickets here to enjoy The Big Grill festival of 2019!

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Sarah Malone