Grillstock has become a bit of a favourite on the foodie scene, having been voted third in the Independent’s list of the 10 best food festivals and it’s not hard to see why.
This weekend thousands of people descended on Bristol’s harbourside to enjoy the now legendary Music, Meat & Mayhem that Grillstock promises. Now in it’s fourth year, Grillstock drew in record visitors despite the bad weather that is inevitable at the mere mention of a barbecue in this country.
It’s popularity was such that huge queues formed to sample the wide variety of food & drink on offer and many stallholders had their work cut out keeping up with the demand. The tempting smells wafting across the festival was enough to get mouths watering for miles.
It isn’t just the food that attracts people to Grillstock year after year, these guys know how to throw a good party. This year saw a variety of music across two stages. Valerie June & Saturday headliners, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis entertained a rather damp crowd and kept the festival spirit alive.
This year saw the return of the Mac’s BBQ Ltd’s sponsored King of the ‘Q’ competition where teams from across the world compete for the chance to become grand champion. UK based ‘Bunch of Swines’ retained there title for the second year with a BBQ offering that would tempt any meat lover. With the title of grand champion comes a £1,000 cash prize and the chance to compete against the best of the best at the prestigious American Royal World Series of BBQ ‘Invitational’ in Kansas City later this year.
Also on offer was the chance to watch a host of eating competitions throughout the weekend. From a hot wing challenge, to a rib eating competition to a Grillstock favourite, the legendary chilli eating competition. This is not for the faint hearted, even watching the contestants chow down on 5 million scoville chillis can make you wince.
Sadly its now all over for Bristol but Grillstock is taking it’s amazing festival north for a two-day event in Manchester on June 8th-9th. They also have the launch of the Bristol restaurant in the coming weeks, which is sure to become a local hit. Watch this space for more news.
We think that Grillstock is the best thing since sliced brisket and we will be counting down the days until it’s return in 2014.