If you’re arbeading to Herbert Park in Dublin this weekend for The Big Grill festival, there will be a lot of stuff grabbing your eyes, ears and tastebuds. Between masterclasses and demos from dons like Neil Rankin, Andre Lima de Luca and John Relihan to music, kids’ stuff and bingo, there’s something to keep you buzzing all day.
If you’ve still room on your plate, be sure to drop by the Banter stage to check out what’s on offer. We’ve brought together some Big Grill participants and visitors to chew the fat over a range of topics and themes. Here’s what’s in store
7pm: Fire! Charcoal! Meat!
We kick off Banter at the Big Grill in conversation with our Big Grill pals Matt Williams (Oxford Charcoal Company) and the one and only DJ BBQ to talk fire, charcoal, meat and technique.
7pm: Putting the beer into BBQ
Susan Boyle (Two Sisters Brewing), Judith Boyle (Two Sisters Brewing), Christina Wade (Ladies Craft Beer Society of Ireland), Emma Devlin (Rascals Brewing) and Caroline Hennessy (journalist, broadcaster and co-author of “Sláinte – The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider”) talk about the beers that go well with what’s on the grill.
2pm: The Hang Fire Smokehouse story
A conversation with Samantha Evans and Shauna Guinn from the Hang Fire Smokehouse about their life on the grill
3pm: The Butchers’ Block
A high level pow-wow about breeds, high quality meat and the art of butchery with Richard Turner (Hawksmoor, Turner & George, Meatopia etc), Marco Peedeman (Orange Butcher), Peter Hannan (Hannan Meats) and Pat Whelan
4pm: Music and food
Here’s a quote to mull over: “restaurant designers and owners spend millions on marble, sandalwood and unicorns, but ignore the music. For years, you’ve seen ludicrous money spent on bars and then a spotty kitchen porter was sent down to Golden Discs 10 minutes before opening and would come back with “Hits of Trance” and “A Woman’s Heart” (for the lunchtime trade).” We’re joined by Aran McMahon (Cafe Rua, Castlebar), Eoin Cregan (Bodytonic), Aoife McElwain (food writer, events planner, Slow Series operator and Sing Along Social host) and Tom Dunne (Newstalk, The Cookbook Cafe) discuss the subtle art of music and food.
2pm: The ins and outs, ups and downs and swings and roundabouts of food pop-ups
John Mahon (The Locals) and Gustavo Bottino (Churrascada) on the economics, science and sociology of successful food pop-ups
3pm: A conversation with Neil Rankin
After a busy weekend at The Big Grill, a conversation about a life in food with the chef and low-and-slow chief.
4pm: Attention to detail
It’s often the small things which make a difference in a restaurant: the writing and spelling on blackboards, the smell of cooking, the choice of flowers, the selection of magazines and books. It’s also often one of the restaurant trade’s blindspots. Our panel discuss what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to those subtle attributes which often make a huge difference.
Big Grill tickets are available here and kids under 12 go free.