Showing posts with label Glow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Glow. Show all posts

Friday, December 9, 2016

Let's Glow Downtown. Street Fun. Street Food.

Let's Glow Downtown. 
Street Fun. Street Food.
The Sultan  is beaming. A big welcome for customers and passerbys alike. He and his team are enjoying the atmosphere under the Big Wheel, the eye-catching feature of the Cork Glow Festival, on every weekend (Friday to Sunday) until December 18th.

His board catches my eye: Greek Burgers with tzatziki sauce (also a vegetarian version), Breakfast Calzone, Falafel Wrap, Lamb Souvlaki Shawarma, Chicken Souvlaki Shawarma, and more. The stall also displays lots of baklava and Turkish delight. 

We go for the Lamb and the Chicken and take them, along with a glass of his excellent mulled wine, to one of the nearby tables. Hard to find a space even though it is early in the evening. But we sit, eat and have a chat with fellow diners. Nice bit of grub and good value too at €6.50 each.

There are quite a few others stalls around, including Wok ’n Roll, Flynn’s Gourmet Sausages, Crepe Man, Fish ’n Chips, Bad Boys BBQ, Taste Cork (with local producers) and more. All doing business. Queues are building for the food and especially for that Big Wheel. Families are wandering in and out of the small park where Narnia is the theme this Christmas. 

You like cheese cake?
Something sweet? We had already tasted a small sample from Charly’s Cheesecake . So he was the choice for “dessert”. Chocolate? He had a half dozen different types of chocolate cakes and lots of fruit ones too. We took the Toblerone and the Terry’s Orange. Nice stuff!

Time then for a stroll up the Parade and up North Main Street where Mick O’Connell MW of the WineMason  was holding a tasting. 
Mick O'Connell (left) and yours truly

He had a couple of comparisons for us. One featured Tempranillo. The first was a light and fruity unoaked organic, Merinos 2015, from la Mancha. The other was Finca Emperatriz 2012 Crianza from Rioja. This, with oak, was the more familiar style. Both were good, maybe for different occasions, the organic more for summer perhaps, the Rioja for now!

And then we tasted two Niepoort Ports, one a tawny, the other an LBV 2012. These divided opinions with some preferring the tawny while others (including myself) plumped for the LBV. The tawny was introduced just for comparison; Bradley's don’t stock it but they do sell the other.

But, for me, the best came first. I really enjoyed the two whites. Riesling is a favourite of mine, especially European Riesling, and the Wagner Stempel, dry with ripe fruit and sharp acidity,  certainly fitted the bill. Not too often you come across Roussane and Marsanne, other white grapes that I like, in the one bottle but that is exactly what the Turner Pageot 2015 blend, fruity and medium dry, provided.

It was a lovely “excursion” downtown and highly recommended. Not too sure where there’s a tasting of wines or beer next weekend. But if you do venture to Glow and are looking for something else to do, either before or after, why not check out the many choices detailed in the December edition of Whazon Cork! Enjoy.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas in Cork: Let it Glow, Let It Glow

Let it Glow, Let It Glow
Cork on a high roll this Christmas
An enchanted Tir na Nollag, a Christmas Market alongside, lights twinkling above the busy streets, the English Market abuzz, many restaurants (catering for all tastes and budgets) are all part of Glow, A Cork Christmas Celebration, which is now up and running. And towering above it all is a huge 30 metre Ferris Wheel (open every day) and, at its base, a vintage carousel for the smallies.   See or Facebook for more information. It is a festival that has something for everyone. 

Enter an enchanted Faery Village – Tir na Nollag
Tir na Nollag, a magical ‘faery’ village created by Dowtcha, is open free of charge for all at Bishop Lucey Park in the heart of Cork City Centre for the duration of the Glow festival. Larger than life toy soldiers guard a fort which hides this enchanted village.  As visitors step into the Christmas fairytale, they are greeted by magical faery inhabitants as they wander around a faery woodland where the Spirit of Christmas lives.  The woodland is filled with faery houses, magical forest creatures, a Christmas throne and sleigh, a magical well, and the charm of childhood imagination brought to life.  Make sure you peek through the windows in the faery village hall to see a magical world where Geese come to life in the fountain, snowflakes fall and faeries fly.

Original traditional Irish music has also been composed for Tir na Nollag so that visitors truly feel transported to a magical place.  Not only that, but kids can post their letter to the North Pole, sprinkled with magical faery dust to ensure their wishes come true.  Open from 4-8pm for the weekends in the run up to Christmas, the journey through the park takes approximately 20 minutes.

The famous cathedral from the big wheel
Enjoy Cork’s Christmas Culinary delights - Food Markets
Cork is renowned as the culinary capital of Ireland, so there’s no better place to sample tasty tidbits from local food producers than at the Glow Christmas Food Market (list of traders below) on the Grand Parade, or at the nearby permanent famous food market, The English Market.  From crepes and gourmet sausages to locally produced spiced beef, poultry, cheese, vegetables, breads, and fresh organic herbs, there’s something to tantalise all taste buds.  This outdoor food court also has a seating area so you can relax and take in the atmosphere.  Make sure you also savour some of Cork’s fantastic restaurants during your stay.

Come to Cork to shop this Christmas
From high street shops, boutiques and quirky gift shops, there’s something special about Christmas shopping in Cork.  Everything is within a few minutes’ walk as it’s a very compact city. The locals are renowned for their friendliness, and the city has the most individually owned shops in the country, which means you have a better chance of finding something unique.

For more details, please visit or Presented by Cork City Council.  Sponsored by Cork’s 96FM.

List of Traders
Cork Coffee Roasters
Hot Chocolates/Organic & Traditional Teas/Mulled apple Juice

The Crepe Man
Sweet/Savory Crepes & Belgian Waffles
Wok 'n' Roll
Hans Frankenfurter
Bratwurst (German Sausage)/Pulled Pork/Curlywurst
Pompeii Pizza
Wood fired Pizza
Hammami Kebab Catering
Labanesse Food, Fresh Herb & Spices
Glanmire Ices
Fresh Fish & Chunky Chips
360 Catering - The Rebel Burger Co
Gourmet Beef Burgers
Bad Boys BBQ
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich/Hot Dogs/BBQ Beef Burger
Barracuda Barbeque Company
BBQ Local Produce & Roast Herb Potatoes
O'Flynn's Gourmet Sausage Co.
Gourmet Sausage Sandwiches

Choc Amore
Various Choc Products
Candy Rock Lane
Traditional Irish Sweets/Jellies/Fudge
Rainbow Delights
Nuts/Fudge/Turkish Delights/Baklava/Pick & Mix/Lollipops