The Big Grill Festival. International BBQ at Herbert Park.

Get Fired Up At 'The Big Grill' International BBQ Festival
Herbert Park from the 11-14 August
Chefs John Relihan (left) from Holy Smoke Cork 
and Mark O' Brien from Barbecoa do some meaty pit work
Celebrate the age-old art of cooking with smoke and fire at the country's biggest International BBQ event, 'The Big Grill Festival', which has its 3rd outing this summer in Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, from the 11-14 August 2016.  

This event has almost doubled in size year on year.  It will feature famous Pitmasters from all over the world, mastering flame and fire to create a multitude of dishes using different BBQ techniques and flavours, for an estimated 20,000 visitors.  This is live fire cooking at its finest with clean charcoal and wood only; no gas or electricity in sight.

Chefs will illustrate the differences (and similarities) between Asado (South American), Mediterranean, German, Asian, Irish and Southern  USA style low ‘n’ slow BBQ methods for guests to savour.  Expect whole hogs, lamb on spits, flying chickens, goat, wild Irish game, Southern Style ribs, Asian skewered meats, Brazilian steaks and much much more.

Headline chefs include Neil Rankin (Smokehouse Restaurant, London), Andre Lima de Luca (Brazil) John Relihan, (Holy Smoke, Cork), Mark O'Brien (Barbecoa, London), 'The First Ladies of Cue' from Hangfire Smokehouse (Wales), Richard Turner (Hawksmoor/Pit Cue, London) along with restaurants Fowl Play,  Box Burger (Wicklow), The Pigs Tale (Wexford) and Dublin favourites, Kinara Kitchen, Pitt Bros and Asador.  Chefs from Churrascada, Brazil's uber BBQ festival in Sao Paolo, will be joining forces with organiser Andy Noonan's new BBQ venture, Fowl Play, to demonstrate Mallmann-esque cooking techniques that have existed for thousands of years. Head of 'catertainment' will be the renowned and fully spandexed DJ BBQ who will be cooking and compering at the same time.

Amateur BBQ enthusiasts can also get a look in by taking part in the 'Pitmaster Competition' with the chance of winning a place to cook in the famous Jack Daniel's BBQ World Championships in Tennessee in October.  To enter, fill out the application form on the website.

While BBQ  takes centre stage the food is matched with an enviable selection of Irish craft beer, cider and spirits with producers and chefs on hand for tastings, pairings, advice and of course a good 'Banter' with Jim Carroll.  

Live acts and Bodytonic DJ's will play soul, funk, hip hop and party music throughout the weekend, creating a truly international flavour in the heart of leafy D4.  Other activities include eating competitions which feature raw chilies and dangerously hot chicken wings (so hot that participants have to wear goggles!) that are really good fun to watch as are the giant-sized performing 'characters' roaming the park.
Hot chicken tonight.
So hot, contestants have to wear goggles!

Children under 12 go free and there is a special area for them on Saturday and Sunday.  Activities will include The Great Herbert Park Bug Hunt, and Bushcraft demonstration on how to survive in the wilderness.  Along with lots of child-friendly food from a variety of vendors, this makes 'The Big Grill' a great day out for all the family.

Tickets from €15.  Corporate groups and parties can avail of special rates.  Tickets can be purchased at

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