Summer almost feels like a distant memory to me now, it’s colder, the lovely sunshine is gone and I’ve no holiday filled with days on the beach or at the pool to look forward to.
End of summer also means the end of a great run of food related days out like Taste of Dublin & the Tapas Trail. Luckily this year we had one extra one added to the list in the form of The Big Grill Festival in Herbert Park which took place over the weekend.
This is the first year for this event but I had high hopes after all the Twitter talk on it! It was a decent enough day and we wandered down to Herbert Park from town, taking a few breaks along the way for the odd glass of wine 🙂
The park is in a lovely area and size wise is perfect for a smaller event like this. There was a lovely crowd and plenty of families and kids too.
There were numerous restaurants from around the city with stalls there including Kinara Kitchen, The Grill at Donnybrook Fair, Asador (have been wanting to try them out for ages!) Diep, The Big Blue Bus (pizza heaven!) 3FE..
And of course the main event – Pitt Bros.
The drinks options were from the many craft beer providers or else some wine or prosecco cocktails from Winesonline.
We were absolutely starving when we arrived and headed straight to Asador where we picked up a burger and a hot dog to share. The burger was absolutely delicious, cooked medium and was juicy and tasty. The hot dog was a bit tasteless to be honest, had we not thrown some mustard on it I don’t think I’d have bothered with it!
After a bit of a wander and still feeling hungry we decided to brave the queue for Pitt Bros. There was a constant line of hungry people for their fare and after scoffing the delicious pulled pork I can see why. It was fab and at €10 for the huge burger and a side, it was decent value for money.
After all the food we just chilled on the grass for a bit. Usually there’s some live music to keep you entertained and there possibly was some at different times of the day but not while we were there. Every few hours on the stage there was a food challenge like the hot pizza or hot wing challenge but other than that it was just music from the speakers. Have to admit we got a laugh from the Hot Wing challenge though 🙂
We finished the day off with the obligatory treat from the Choc Fountain.
While I had a nice day there I didn’t feel that it was worth paying €15 per person into the event, there just wasn’t enough going on. This part is a personal choice but I do prefer to get slightly smaller plates so that you can taste food from numerous restaurants instead of larger portions. For it’s first year I think they did a good job but there are some changes I’d like to see if I were to go again should it take place next year.