2011 Cork Christmas Market at Grand Parade

Cork Christmas Market 2011
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Cork Christmas Market 2011

Roast chestnuts from last year's Christmas Market at Grand Parade in Cork. This year's market is already underway.

Last week I was on holidays, this week it’s December. That’s how quickly things seem to change this year. It’s no longer 100 days to Christmas, or 50 days to Christmas, but we’re counting in the 25s now. One of my favourite things about December is Christmas markets. While the Kilkenny one gets underway next week, the Cork Christmas Market at Grand Parade is back and bigger than last year by all accounts. I’m hoping to get down for one of the weekends remaining having spent a great day at the market last year (literally pacing the Parade for hours eating and drinking in the cold) – find some photos here.

What’s In Store For 2011

Well, the market is already underway having kicked off last Friday and is set to run across the next three weekends giving you the following dates to get your street food shopping in

  • Friday 2rd – Sunday 4th December
  • Friday 9th – Sunday 11th December
  • Friday 16th – Wednesday 21st December

Trading hours for the market are 10am to 8pm each day. It also looks like they’re following the line taken by Kilkenny last year and some other seasonal food markets around the country by placing the traders in Bavarian-style chalets to set the winter mood.

Discover Ireland also has the following in store:

The decor will add to the festive feel from twinkly lights and Christmas trees, to garlands, festoons and the beautiful installation in Bishop Lucey Park.

Just Some Of What’s in Store includes vintage kiddie carousel, festively trimmed wooden chalets, round grill BBQ, Gluhwein bar, food stalls, handmade crafts, festive gifts, live music & entertainment, family fun, kids forgotten Christmas crafts, workshops, carol singing, Christmas tree selling, face painting, Christmas decoration making and workshops.

Between chestnuts, hats, chocolates, sweets, desserts, rice dishes, coffees, pizzas and more, we enjoyed whatever the market could throw at us last year from both Cork-based and visiting producers and traders. Even the stroll through it for the smells alone are great but with the above just the tip of the iceberg, it really is a Christmas market worth checking out. Plus, you get to spend the day in Cork, never a bad thing in my books.

Written by Ken McGuire
Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.