|Scenes from around the park at the Big Grill Festival|
In terms of the quality of the food I must say I was quite pleased. I knew I wouldn't be able to sample everything but I did want to try the Pitt Bros pulled pork bun, when my sister suggested it and boy, am I glad I did. It was priced at 10 tokens and included a side of your choice - I went for the corn on the cob and E chose the potato salad. Delicious! And you must take a peek at Kate's photo on Kates Kabin - it shows this tasty delight off to its best allure. I also tasted their homemade lemonade which was yummy and well priced at 2 smokins.
|Pitt Bros pulled pork sandwiches with a raspberry beer and a lemonade|
We also enjoyed some food at Asador and the meat here was really juicy and tasty. I was impressed with the Jane Russell Gourmet sausage dog in a dreamy soft white roll with lovely caramelised onions. This was reasonably priced at 5 smokins. The burger was reportedly very succulent and tasty too.
|Sausage Dog at Asador|
Lastly, we decided that due to having a few (non-reimbursable) tokens left, we had better choose something else. It'd be wrong not to! So between E, her boyfriend B, and I, we chose to share another meaty treat. We were torn between the hot wings and the ribs but the ribs at the Smokin Bones stall won out...happily! These were fabulous and were well worth their price of 7 smokins. The rub/sauce concoction was a good mix of fiery heat and sticky sweetness.
|Lip-lickingly good Ribs|
|John Relihan holding a duck BBQ-ing demo and Asador's stall|
- Pig on a spit - this was nowhere to be seen and it turned out this cool attraction would only be available to the Sunday attendees, which was a pity.
- Drinks. The festival was strongly marketed as a craft beer festival but both E and B's drinks ran out early in the day. E got to like a tasty raspberry beer, had one, and by 2.30 pm, this was sold out. B is a cider drinker and at about 5 pm, he was told that the cider was no more. I felt this was quite poor as the festival ran until 9 pm on the Saturday but then again, in its first year you have to expect some teething problems. On the plus side, for a bit of diversity, there was a lovely wine tent with a variety of fizz, red and white wines. The popular 3FE coffee were on the scene and there was a good selection of soft drinks, again that awesome lemonade from Pitt Bros can't be overlooked!
- The entrance price is too high though I feel, considering the level of entertainment provided was minimal and had a bit of a rush job feel to it, particularly with regard to the eating competitions.
To sum up, would I go again? Yes I would... (If only for that pulled pork burger and those ribs!)
The Big Grill Festival has a little tweaking to go through but the vision is good and I look forward to some improvement in what is a great idea for a summertime foodie festival.
Oh, and if the organisers could arrange for some more sunshine the next time, that would be just super!