A POPULAR food and drink festival will return to Bury's Burrs Country Park this weekend.

Organisers of this year's Big Grill Festival UK intend to transform the park into 'a meat lovers shin dig'.

The outdoor event promises "meat, music and madness" across two days, as well as an increased number of street traders to give visitors more choice.

Chefs will be cooking up a storm on several large-scale barbecues, against a backdrop of craft ale and quirky cocktail bars, live music, and activities for all members of the family.

Visitors will also be able to combine food and football thanks to event managers hosting both World Cup games.

Organiser Jools Taylor, who also heads up the popular tribute festival Festwich, in Prestwich, said: "We are extremely excited for The Big Grill this weekend.

"To top it all off we will be showing the World Cup on both Saturday and Sunday.

"We have more than 20 live acts performing over the weekend including tributes to Elvis, Fleetwood Mac and UB40.

"There are also plenty of original acts including TVOD, Trident, Joe Betts Band, The Case and many more.

"There is an acoustic tent, DJ tent and lots of BBQ street food.

"This year we are installing the Jook point Whisky and Gin bar, as well as a dedicated cider bar."

Visitors will have the opportunity to try and taste food produced by professional competitors in 'Lord Of The Flames' — a two-day 'low and slow' BBQ competition.

DJs will perform all day and night on Saturday in the beats tent, while Sunday will see singer songwriters will take to the acoustic stage.

Day tickets at £12 and weekend tickets at £20 are on sale at www.ticketline.co.uk and www.thebiggrilluk.com.

Children aged 12 and under go free, with family tickets and reduced prices for children also available.