Big Grill 2018
Aug 16 @ 11:00 am – Aug 19 @ 9:00 pm

Big Grill 2018

The Big Grill is Europe’s largest BBQ festival, and returns for its fifth year from 16th – 19th August 2018 in Herbert Park, Dublin 4.

The festival celebrates the art of cooking with fire & smoke bringing chefs cooks and pitmasters from Ireland, UK and further along with over 20,000 visitors to smell, taste, discover and learn about all kinds of barbecuing, grilling, smoking, vegetables, meats, delicacies and drinks.

Over 20 restaurants join for the weekend, with the only rule being they must cook with live fire using natural charcoal and wood only; no gas or electricity. Cue competitive fire pit builds in the lead up to the festival and plenty of theatre over the weekend. This years fire-filled line up, curated by pitmaster & festival co-founder Andy Noonan, has a distinct international street food vibe with New York, London, Buenos Aires and Birmingham all represented.

McKenna Guides


“The Great and the Good of the Grill came to Herbert Park in Dublin in August, propelling this inspired celebration of fire and eating into the first division of food festivals in Ireland. There was so much good cooking going on that it was hard to know where to start, and where to stop. And it’s all happening again in August, so get your Whole Hog tickets now.”

A Taste of West Cork
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm

A Taste of West Cork

A Taste of West Cork Food Festival is so much more than just a festival which happens to be about food; It is a festival that celebrates all that is unique about West Cork – the food, the producers, the landscape and the people – the magic ingredients.

The beauty of West Cork draws many artists, writers, craftsmen and food producers to the area and A Taste of West Cork Food Festival showcases the wonderful food and food creators in this very special place. It brings together a unique mix of food markets and cooking demonstrations, food tastings and cookery competitions, special dinners, brunches and banquets, talks and exhibitions, children’s events, adventures and more.

A Taste of West Cork is one of Ireland’s longest running food festivals and is fast becoming a premier event on the food calendar.  The festival is one of the best opportunities for the many local producers and chefs to showcase their wares to people passionate about food.

A Taste of West Cork Food Festival understands how important local food is to the regional economy and with its wealth of artisan food producers, supportive retailers and markets, talented chefs and award-winning restaurants, West Cork continues to attract visitors.  Our world renowned food combined with the most idyllic landscape makes A Taste of West Cork Food Festival the perfect festival for all the family.

The Festival programme includes the much loved traditional open-air street food and craft market, daily walks, interactive workshops, food demonstrations and tastings, themed nights in restaurants, traditional music sessions and much more.

There is something to tempt every palate and many of the events are free or minimum charges apply so there is something to suit everyone’s pocket.

Féila Feola – Meat Fish Smoke & Fire
Sep 9 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Féila Feola – Meat Fish Smoke & Fire

Féila Feola – Meat Fish Smoke & Fire … part of A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 2018!

A trio of masterclasses in a day with
Head Chef Decky Walsh of Holy Smoke |
Master Butcher Ger O’Callaghan of Drinagh Co-Op |
Fishmonger Clayton Dooley of The Fish Station
Sunday 9th September 2018, 2pm-8pm
Drinagh Co-Op/EuroSpar, Market Street, Skibbereen, West Cork

This year, we have taken our much loved Smoke & Fire Masterclass and turned it on its head! We are going bigger and better with a bigger venue, three Masterclasses in one, exclusive Hang Fire BBQ demo, craft beer, whiskey, our incredible Feast from the Fire and a micro-market showcasing all the amazing producers we will be working with on the day!
********************************************************* and Drinagh Co-Op are proud to present Féila Feola – Meat | Fish | Smoke & Fire in association with Drinagh Co-Op, Holy Smoke, The Fish Station, West Cork Brewing Company and West Cork Distillers. This event combines three immersive Masterclasses in smoke & fire cookery, meat preparation and fish filleting.

Smoke & Fire Masterclass by Decky Walsh: Chef Walsh is one of Ireland’s foremost Pitmasters, expert in cooking Low ‘n’ Slow over Smoke & Fire and Head Chef of Cork’s hugely popular BBQ restaurant Holy Smoke. Decky will demonstrate the best ways to cook the meats and fish prepared throughout the day using six different methods of cooking over fire, including the first ever demonstration of Hang Fire BBQ to ever come to West Cork.

Meat Preparation Masterclass by Ger O’Callaghan, Craft Master Butcher: Ger is a talented Craft Master Butcher, and was one of the youngest to ever be awarded this prestigious qualification by the Association of Craft Butchers Ireland at the age of 21. Ger’s Masterclass is an exploration of the wide variety of meat cuts available from Beef, Pork and Lamb, including those less well known, to expand your knowledge of what is available from your butcher and how to prepare it at home.

Fish Filleting Masterclass by Clayton Dooley, Fishmonger: Clayton is a fishmonger with years of experience in the trade, surely there isn’t a fish he hasn’t filleted or a shellfish he hasn’t shucked over the years! Clayton’s Masterclass will demonstrate fish filleting and shellfish shucking using beautifully seasonal fresh fish caught locally. Get to grips with how to fillet fish at home and learn about sustainable fish.

Experience all of that plus our amazing Feast from the Fire…
Our Feast from the Fire is something to behold. Eat in the most relaxed way possible the best food possible straight from the furnace. Decky Walsh has created a menu that will turn even the most polite person into a bona fide caveman! Course after course of melt in the mouth meats, hot from the coals fish, a whole bunch of sides plus dessert. Sheer delectation…

Craft Beer pairing from West Cork Brewing Company & Craft Spirits tastings from West Cork Distillers.
We are delighted to partner with West Cork Brewing Company from Baltimore and West Cork Distillers in Skibbereen. Every course from our Feast from the Fire will be paired and matched with one of West Cork Brewing’s hand crafted beers and a selection of spirits from West Cork Distillers, including their multi-award winning whiskey. We will also be showing how to cook with beer and spirits for the ultimate in food/drink heaven!

Producers Micro-Market
At Féila Feola we have invited producers showcased on our menu to our Micro Market. Ticket holders will be able to meet the people behind some of West Cork’s most loved artisan brands, sample their produce and talk to them about their own food story, helping you to trace the story of our food from their farm to your fork!

Tickets are €70pp and include:
• Three Masterclasses: Meat Preparation, Fish Filleting, Smoke & Fire;
• A finger licking Feast from the Fire that includes Beef, Lamb, Pork, Chicken, Fish, all sides, dessert, tea and coffee;
• All paired beers and spirits;
• Producers Micro-Market.

This Masterclass will combine basic and advanced skills in both meat preparation and smoke & fire cookery styles. Learn, Taste, Feast!
When: Sunday 9th September, 2-8pm
Where: Drinagh Co-Op/Spar, Market Street, Skibbereen, West Cork
Tickets: €70pp purchase online