Large bags and backpacks will NOT be allowed in to the festival, only small bags measuring no bigger than A4 (8.27in/21cm x 11.7in/29.7cm) will be permitted into the event. Bags smaller than A4 will be searched on entry, to avoid lengthy queues we strongly advise that you do not bring a bag. No food or drink can be brought in either, unless its for babies&kids.
There will be no cloakroom or storage facilities. Bags must not be left at entrances or surrounding areas. Any items left will be removed and disposed of accordingly.
Buggies, prams & 1 small chair per person are ok to bring in. Small umbrellas are ok.
Location & How to get there
When and where is The Big Grill taking place?
The Big Grill Festival will take place in Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 from August 17th – 20th 2017.
Thursday 17th August 12.30pm – 10.00pm (bar close 10pm)
Friday 18th August 12.30pm – 10.00pm (bar close 10pm)
Saturday 19th August 12.00pm – 10.00pm (bar close 10pm)
Sunday 20th August 12.00pm – 9.00pm (bar close 9pm)
How can I get there?
We advise coming along by public transport as parking is limited and restricted in the area.
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.
DO NOT obstruct driveways, neighbouring properties or park illegally as this can cause great inconvenience to our neighbours.
It is also easily accessible by foot, bicycle & car.
Is the venue wheelchair accessible?
Yes, it is all on one level without steps but it is all on grass. Disabled toilet facilities are available.
Tickets & Admission
I didn’t get my eventbrite ticket sent to my inbox ?
All questions, and answers re ticketing, and how you can fix any problems with Eventbrite, are here. A common problem people have is they inputted the incorrect email address, and how to solve that problem is here.
What does my ticket get me?
Your ticket gains you admission to the event within which there will be FREE demos, workshops, kids area, musical entertainment, BBQ competitions, eating competitions and lots of tasty authentic BBQ dishes to purchase at very reasonable prices, not to mention over twenty Irish & International Craft Breweries.
There will also be plenty of interesting stands offering for purchase everything from relishes to herbs, chutneys to ice creams and all manner of delights in between!
How much are the tickets and what do they include?
Ticket Prices :
Thursday & Friday e15 + BF in advance [ On the gate e17 – Free in before 2pm]
Saturday & Sunday e18 + BF in advance [On the gate e20]
Kids under 12 go free [ Sat & Sun are kid friendly only ]
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Do children need a ticket?
Under 12’s go free. Kids area is open on Saturday and Sunday only.
Will I be able to buy tickets on the day?
Yes, a limited number of tickets will be available to purchase from the Gate/Box Office at Herbert Park on the day unless a given day is sold out in advance.
Please note- Saturday and Sunday tickets usually sell out in advance.
Can I buy group/ corporate tickets?
Yes, we offer group and corporate rates. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where do I collect my tickets from?
Your tickets will be emailed to you, you can choose to print them or better yet, present them to us on your smartphone & we’ll take it from there. We prefer the latter option, it’s better for the environment.
*Please note- there will be NO ticket collections available at the venue
Can under 18s go to the festival?
Yes but only when accompanied by a responsible adult.
Can I change my tickets for another day?
All tickets are non-transferable.
Can I get a refund?
Unless the event is cancelled, all tickets are non-refundable.
My tickets haven’t arrived, what should I do?
Contact us at email@example.com
Is there re-admission?
Food & Drinks
Will refreshments be available?
Yes. Craft beers, craft ciders, wines, whiskey, gin, juices, soft drinks, coffee and teas will be available.
How much will food and drink be?
We are adding heaps of sample sized BBQ dishes so you can try as many different items as possible. They will start from around 4 Smokin’s. Bear in mind, the higher the quality of meat and produce, the higher the price will be!
Craft beer is from 3 Smokin’s for a glass and 5 Smokin’s for a pint.
Long drinks and cocktails start from 5 Smokin’s.
Will the BBQ food be cooked using Gas or Charcoal BBQ’s?
Charcoal only, baby!
Can I bring my own food and drink into the event?
Smokin’ Tokens – Event Currency
How do I pay for my food & drink?
Big Grill Festival currency ‘Smokins’ will be used throughout the weekend. Smokin’s can be bought for cold hard cash (or plastic) from the Token Booths inside.
How much are the Smokins and how do they work?
Smokin’s are like-for-like value, so 1 Smokin’ is worth 1 Euro.
Can I use Smokins across the different days?
Yes you can.
Demos, Competitions & Entertainment
Whats this new area ‘Bastecamp’ all about then?
The new ‘Bastecamp’ area will the smoking hub of the festival. Barbecue experts and novices alike can take part in in-depth butchery, barbecue and smoking workshops. There will be heated chats, interviews and profiles with our Pitmasters and plenty more surprises with the full line up to be announced in June.
Is there a Kid’s area?
Yes, there will be a lovely big children’s area with: inflatables, kids entertainment, a buggy park, children-friendly food and lots more to be added too. Kids area is available Saturday & Sunday only.
What are these competitions you speak of?
We host a series of eating competitions at The Big Grill. We host a hot chili eating competition each day at 7pm on the main stage. On Saturday and Sunday we host a hot wing challenge at 4pm on the main stage.
How do I enter the competitions?
Enter the chili pepper challenge here.
Enter the hot wing eating challenge here.
Is there music?
Yep : Various DJs & some acoustic live Acts . Timetable out very soon.
ATM, can I get cash on site?
There are lots of ATM’s in the Ballsbridge and Donnybrook area but not on site.
We accept card payments at our token booths.
Will there be nappy changing facilities available?
Absolutely, sure we wouldn’t want you to leave the little ones out now would we.
More burning questions…
More burning questions…
Are pets/animals allowed in?
Regrettably no animals are allowed inside the event, with the exception of registered assistance animals.
Line-up subject to change terms & conditions apply