The Big Grill 2018 is coming!
The Big Grill, Europe's largest barbecue festival and "Festival of the Year" in John & Sally McKenna's Ireland the Best travel guide, returns to its home at Dublin's Herbert Park this August 16 - 19 for another weekend of barbecuing, grilling, smoking, vegetables, meats, delicacies and drinks.
9 April 2018
The Big Grill returns to Dublin’s picturesque Herbert Park this summer, from 16 – 19 August. Now in its fifth year, the Big Grill celebrates “the art of cooking with fire and smoke”, bringing chefs at pitmasters from Ireland, the UK and beyond together alongside 20,000 visitors to smell, taste and discover the countless barbecuing traditions from all over the world.
The only rule for exhibitors is they must cook using fire and smoke only, using charcoal and wood – no gas or electricity! This leads to remarkable friendly competition between the groips, with plenty of flaming theatrics to entertain and delight over the weekend.
This year’s fire-filled lineup, 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.
Representing Ireland, Gráinne O’Keeffe head chef at Clanbrassil House and culinary director of BuJo will bring her charcoal grill skills and burger expertise. Renowned Irish chef Paul Flynn joins from Waterford on the Sunday bringing a taste of his award winning restaurant and cookery school The Tannery. He’ll be joined by Fingal Ferguson of Gubbeen Smokehouse who shares his wealth of smoke knowledge and knife making & sharpening skills.
Meanwhile, Angie Mar of the Beatrice Inn in New York will be demonstrating her underground version of the traditional Manhattan chophouse. Billy Durney brings his award winning Brooklyn Hometown BBQ to Dublin, widely regarded as the best BBQ restaurant in New York. Straight from opening London’s hottest new barbecue joint Smokestak, David Carter will showcase his grown up street food barbecue and wood smoked meats. Nomadic BBQ warrior Andy Stubbs from Low’n’Slow Birmingham will dish up his unique unauthentically authentic Mexican, taking influences from traditional Texas BBQ. Expect lots of tacos, brisket, ribs and barbacoa.
Along with the barbecue action, there will be butchery, smoking and barbecuing workshops, crowd-based chilli challenges and more.
Further details on the festival and tickets (from €15) for the events are available on the website http://biggrillfestival.com/. Special rates are available for corporate groups and parties.