Tickets & Admission

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What does my ticket get me?

Your ticket guarantees admission to the festival where you can sample dishes from Ireland & The World’s top live fire chefs and restaurants. It gives you access to Bastecamp & Brewcamp for demos, talks, tastings and workshops with a host of talent. On top of that there will be a kids area, music & entertainment, eating competitions, a host of bars and twenty Irish Craft Breweries. There will be plenty of interesting vendors offering everything from rubs to sauces, corn dogs to ice creams and all manner of delights in between!

Can I stay on between session changeovers?

Tickets purchased for individual sessions are valid for those sessions only. In order to clean and replenish the site, we require the site clear between each session to make way for the next session. For Whole Hog Tickets, you are permitted to attend all sessions all days, however you must vacate the site between each session. A dedicated reentry lane will be available for Whole Hog ticket holders.

How much are the tickets?

Ticket Prices (excludes booking fee)

Day/Time Early Bird 2nd Release Door
Thurs 4-10pm €20 €24 €27
Fri 4-10pm €23 €27 €30
Sat 12-4.30pm €20 €24 €27
Sat 5.30-10pm €23 €27 €30
Sun 12-8pm €20 €24 €27
Whole Hog €40 €45 n/a

Kids under 12 go free (Kids area is open Saturday 12pm-4.30pm & Sunday 12-4.30pm only)

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Do children need a ticket?

Under 12’s go free. Kids area is open Saturday & Sunday 12pm-4.30pm only.

Can under 18s go to the festival?

Yes but only when accompanied by a responsible adult. Full ticket price applies.

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- Friday and Saturday tickets usually sell out in advance.

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

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 11th – 14th 2022.
Entrance to the festival is via the Herbert Park Road entrance.

Thursday 17th August 4.00pm – 10.00pm (bar closes 10pm)

Friday 18th August 4.00pm – 10.00pm (bar closes 10pm)

Saturday 19th August:

Day Slot 12.00pm – 4.30pm (bar closes 4pm)

Eve Slot 5.30pm-10.00pm (bar closes 10pm)

Sunday 20th August: 12.00pm – 8.00pm (bar closes 8pm)

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.

Please 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, with designated trackway in main areas. Disabled toilet facilities are available.

Can I change my tickets for another day?

All tickets are non-transferable. Please take time to read our booking terms & conditions. Make sure you select the correct session before confirming your purchase.

Can I get a refund?

Unless the event is cancelled, all tickets are non-refundable. Please take time to read our booking terms & conditions.

Can I bring an umbrella? 

Small umbrella’s are permitted only.

Food & Drinks

Will refreshments be available?

Yes. Craft beers, cider, wines, cocktails, whiskey, gin, juices, soft drinks, coffee and teas will be available.

Can I bring a reusable water bottle? 

Yep, provided it is empty upon arrival. We will have filling stations around the site where you can fill up your bottle.

How much will food and drink be?

The festival will offer heaps of sample sized BBQ dishes so you can try as many different dishes from as many chefs as possible. They will start from 6 Smokins. Bear in mind, the higher the quality of meat and produce, the higher the price will be!

Craft beer is from 4 Smokin’s for a glass and 6.50 Smokins for a pint.

Long drinks and cocktails start from 8 Smokins.

Can I bring my own food and drink into the event?

No outside food and drinks is permitted inside the festival gates. Only food & drinks purchased inside the events are permitted, with the exception of baby food.

Payments At The Event

How do I pay for my food & drink?

Contactless and mobile payments powered by Square Ireland will now be available throughout the site,  you can pay by card or mobile at all vendors. This is a cashless event, however you can purchase Big Grill Smokin Cards using cash or card at one of our Smokin Card booths. These cards can be used to spend at all vendors.

What are Smokin Cards?

Smokin cards are pre-loaded cards you can use to spend on food, drink and everything else at the event. They come pre-loaded in €10, €20 and €50 cards and are available to top-up during the event. They’re great if you want to pay in cash or distribute to a group as spending money. They will be available to purchase from the box office, merch stand and at dedicated Smokin Card booths.

Demos, Competitions & Entertainment

Whats this area ‘Bastecamp’ all about then?

Bastecamp is the smoking hub of the festival. Expect demos and workshops with some of the best live fire cooks, chefs and teachers in the business. There will be heated chats, interviews and profiles with our Pitmasters and plenty more surprises.

Is there a Kid’s area?

Yes, there will be a lovely big children’s area with entertainment, face painting, arts & crafts, soft play and puppet shows. There’ll also be a buggy park, child-friendly food and lots more to be added too. The kids area is available Saturday & Sunday 12pm-4.30pm 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.

How do I enter the competitions?

Entry to the competitions will open closer to the date, announced via our mailing list and social channels.

Is there music?

Yep, lots of DJs & some live acts.


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 contactless and mobile payments at all vendors within the event. You can use cash to purchase Smokin Cards.

Will there be nappy changing facilities available?

Yes, located adjacent to the kids area.

More burning questions…

Are pets/animals allowed in?

Regrettably, no animals are allowed inside the event, with the exception of registered assistance animals.

Contact info


Line-up subject to change terms & conditions apply.
Event subject to license. Booking terms & conditions apply to all ticket purchases, please take the time to read them carefully before your purchase.

Please Note:

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.