Grillstock Festival 2016 took place this year on 2nd & 3rd July at the Lloyds Amphitheatre on Bristol Harbourside and what a weekend it was!
I can honestly say that all my expectations were exceeded by the food, atmosphere and people that we met – and also the weather!
This is a VERY picture heavy post, but before we went I was looking at what the weekend was all about and what other people had experienced in previous years, and there wasn’t much information so I thought this might help anyone else considering going in years to come (You definitely should by the way!)
There were so many food stalls it was hard to know where to start! From beef brisket & pulled pork, to hot dogs, chicken wings, mac n cheese, pig cheek tacos, belly pork, churros, ice cream – I could go on! You were also very well catered for on the drink side of proceedings, with stands from Budvar, Southern Comfort, Harry Brompton’s Alcoholic Ice Tea, Tito’s Vodka & Beefsteak Wine
Now on to the main purpose of Grillstock – the barbecue competitions! This year saw 29 barbecue teams battle it out in a series of rounds – just imagine how much the judges had to eat!
The categories were:
- Chef’s choice
- Mystery Meat (this was a tomahawk rib steak)
- Pork Shoulder
- Hot Wings
The overall award was King of the Grill Grand Champion which was won by Priscilla Queen of the Firepit! You can see all of the other results from the weekend here – congratulations to all the winners!
You are really encouraged to interact with all the teams as you wander round and there’s such a vibrant atmosphere with everyone happy to talk to you and let you get a picture, although things get a little more tense around judging time…
Another great thing is that for most of the competition rounds, the teams cook loads extra and hand it out to passers by for them to taste – always worth keeping an eye on the judging times and hanging around for!
There were also various eating competitions across both days including hot wings, hotdogs & chillis!
Of course I can’t forget the music acts – here’s the line ups…..
We only saw a couple of acts on the main stage – we spent most of our days wandering around eating and most of our evenings at the ‘Meat Rave’ which was a DJ set in the competitors area – let’s just say there was lots of awesome tunes, lots of drink, lots of bad dancing and a couple of very large hangovers…
We’re already planning on going next year!
If you’re on Instagram you really should follow the Grillstock Instagram Account – I guarantee you’ll be dribbling! The Grillstock website is here, where you can see details of their restaurants and keep an eye for next years festival info.