French food and wine via On The Pigs Back

JUST got an email to say that the first Cork French Food & Wine Festival, organised by On The Pigs Back, takes place next week, September 22 to 25, 2010.  Their site ( doesn’t have any information about it but do check back there as I presume they’ll eventually post a full schedule with details and prices etc.

[Update September 21 I’ve just phoned the number below to check details and discovered there will be a wine tasting stand at the event on both the Friday and Saturday. Also there is now some information about the whole event on the Alliance Francaise website].

Many food lovers in Cork will know On The Pigs Back at the English Market, the delightful outlet (stall is too small a word for it) run by Isabelle Sheridan and colleagues since 1992. Late last year she opened another branch at St Patrick’s Woolen Mills in Douglas – and that’s the principal venue for events in Cork French Food & Wine Festival next week.

Click here

Coincidentally, the French event overlaps with Eat Cork (September 23 to 26) which includes the second Grow Bake Cook awards; Cork’s first Street Food Market; free worshops on Sunday at the English Market; and a gourmet banquet at Cork School of Music.

Get more details of that here.

The organisers of the French event have announced an ambitious programme, planning workshops, a banquet, a wine fair, music and a marché nocturne (night market), culminating in the Big Festival Day on Saturday 25.

Times, prices and venues weren’t spelled out in the press release, which also says that some elements are still being finalised so do check on 021 4617832 or by e-mail on for details. For now, here is a summary of the public events outlined in the press release.

On The Pig’s Back
Unit 26, St Patricks Mills,
Douglas, CORK.
Phone: 021 – 4617832

Thursday September 23

French cuisine trail: Cork restaurants proposing a French regional Speciality dish on their menu.

7pm: French banquet – six-course dinner with sparkling wine on arrival “with the contribution of Cork’s Best Chefs…..  it’s a surprise!!!”  They suggest you book now as places are limited. Tickets (€45) on sale at  021-4617832 or e-mail

Friday September 24

French cuisine trail: Cork restaurants proposing a French regional Speciality dish on their menu.

4pm to 6pm:   Wine tasting and selection.
6pm to 11pm: French Marché Nocturne comprising –
“Food stalls , Wine Fair , Pig-on-a-spit,  have your diner in  the market, or buy French specialities directly coming from France.  Craft shops, Animation, Workshop for kids, Petanque and Games….           Music..”

Saturday September 25

Festival Day / Market & Wine Fair

Festival events include a concert and dancing at 9pm

– Wine tastings
– The tradition of cheese-making
– Debate on French and Irish diet
– Masterclass / demonstration on French breadmaking with Darragh Ryan
– French patisserie and cakes with Christine Girault – children’s workshop on tarte aux fruits and macarons

Among the events listed for Saturday, organisers promise boules, petanque, Scrabble in French, a children’s drawing competition involving  local schools, and a French film screening in association with Alliance Francaise. ♦


2 Responses

  1. […] forget, as I’ve already posted, On The Pig’s Back is organising a French Food & Wine Festival centered mainly in Douglas. […]

  2. […] be pétanque! a night market! on the Thursday, a six-course banquet! – by channel-hopping to Blake Creedon’s blog, which reinforces the right and proper support that wine writers give to food events and vice […]

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