What do you expect from a festival called Grillstock? Well, BBQ, music and drinks and on that front it massively delivered. But there was unexpected delights too… ice cream, including barbeque flavour (do you get the theme yet!?), sweet cakes and tarts, boozy smoothies and wine. So there really was something for everyone and there was lots of families there together for the earlier part of the day.
Manchester is embracing the street food ethos as Guerrilla Eats continues to grow in popularity and this was a fantastic outlet for those constantly looking for their next foodie fix.
Given that this festival takes place every year in Bristol, Manchester showed great enthusiasm for the cause and the word on the street, which was clear to see anyway, was that the event was a huge success and is already looking likely to take place again next summer! Nobody told them that the weather wasn’t always 20 degrees and sunny but sssshhhh.
Grillstock made its way to Manchester last weekend and it was a messy, meaty and musical mouthful for all involved. Albert Square was treated to a delectable mix of smokey barbequed meat, beers, cakes and music and boy did it go down well.
Crackerjack won the ‘King of the Q’ competition and those lucky enough to taste some of their food, I got to taste Andy Annat’s brisket and ribs and they were great. The brisket could have done with an added 30 minutes on the heat but the sticky glaze it was coated with and the presentation was notably better than the other contenders.