Is anyone else planning on going down to Grillstock in Bristol on 11th 12 July?
I would of like to have gone but all three events we are Hog Roasting!
Talking of restaurants, called in at The Crafty Pig on the Great Western Road in Glasgow last Saturday on our way back from Mull. They did the usual pp, burgers, brisket and wings. It was an ok meal, not truley authentic but was flavoursome. They had a good selection of beers and we sat outside watching the world go by on the one sunny day that Scotland gets allocated every few years. It's just up from Kelvin Bridge station if you're passing through.
I am going to Grillstock in Manchester, to be honest I was a tad disappointed last year.
Talking of restaurants, there is going to be a new BBQ restaurant opening up near Sheffield in the next couple of months.so that will be something to look forward too.
It's International Horse Trials at Chatsworth.
Last year there was plenty of redneck music. I can only comment on Manchester, but I personally thought the venue was a bit small., and a bit of a let down, it took me about an hour to look at everything, then I was getting bored. There is a large stage with live music with different bands throughout the day. There is usually a weber tent and they give 15 -20 minute lectures throughout the day on smoking and BBQ'ing, great if you are a newbie but not so if you are more experienced. There was maybe 10 - 15 stands selling food such as pulled pork, sausages, burgers and planked salmon etc. There was also a couple of beer stands, a promotional item stand that was selling Grillstock merchandise.
While all that is going on the BBQ teams are cooking away behind their stands so it's good for a natter and occasionally there are freebie bits of food on offer, and towards the end of the afternoon the BBQ Competition is judged and that's about it . I think there was also a chilli eating competition and some other competition going on.
I don't know if the Bristol or London events are larger, It was on Albert Square which is about 200 meters x 200 meters or maybe a bit smaller.
We were thinking of going along to the Manchester event for one day. Looked at getting a train down but the service is sketchy due to maintenance work. Val says she will drive but she has to do it all again the next day as she's working in Chorley and she couldn't have a drink.
Been to a Christmas market a few years ago in Albert Square and you're right, it is a bit small.
When we were in Heidelburg last September, there was a beer festival on in the city's squares, lots of cheap beers, lots of grilled meats and sausages and music, all for free !
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