Grillstock 2012 proved to be bigger and better than ever before.
Here at Vu Guide we are massive fans of all things charcoaled and smokey, so for us grillstock is our perfect festival and it absolutely did not disappoint!
When you arrive the first thing that hits you are the aroma’s coming from all directions, to the left of the main entrance The King of Grill competitors are in their camps preparing for the various elements, with 24 teams from across the globe competing to be crowned grand champion. Everyone from top chefs to backyard grillers fight it out over the smouldering coals waiting for the verdict from the expert panel under the watchful eye of US celebrity BBQ pitmaster, Ray ‘Dr.BBQ’ Lampe who judges every dish.
All the competitors seemed more than happy to chat and share tips and experiences and this really add to the unique feel and can’t help but inspire firing up the coals when the next opportunity arises
The variety of stalls and enthusiastic stall holders is fabulous, wondering around tasting and chatting is another part that makes this such an enjoyable day, the busiest man in the summer, Alex from The Upton Cheney Chilli company, supplied The Grillstock Official Festival Sauce – Oak Smoked Chipotle, delicious! if you haven’t yet tried them check them out immediately http://www.uptonchilli.co.uk/
The BBQ masterclasses are a chance to learn from the professionals, fun and informative and if your quick enough sample some of the tasty treats you have just watched being prepared.
Down at the main stage the now legendary chilli eating competition is underway, the crowd are fully engaged and things are definitely heating up, apart from for the crazy few this is probably best left as a spectator sport, its loads of fun and a worthy winner is crowned and a lot of milk is consumed.
You can’t help but work up an appetite and the world is your oyster if you fancy some, fresh oysters, pork 20 ways, burgers beef or ostrich of course, sausages, burritos and freshly made churros and local ice cream for that sweet treat. The list really does go on and on and provides something for everybody, our highlight was the delicious meat from El Gaucho, The secret lies in the right choice of beef parts, their cutting, seasoning using special cooling, and careful roasting on a coal grill. Absolutely delicious!
With the addition this year of an extra stage carefully selected musical treats and BBQ seem to be a marriage made in heaven, Sick Note Steve on Saturday lunch time brought his charms to the newly introduced Jeremiah Weed Pallet Stage and a divine Alexia Coley waved some welcome glamour over the afternoons events, much appreciated by the anorak clad crowd, the main stage finale was a fantastic performance by Alabama 3 bringing everyone together for the perfect end to a perfect day – we survived the showers, ate BBQ, danced and drank cider
GrillStock 2012 proved to be a standout highlight so far in a jam packed summer schedule in Bristol, roll on 2013!