Vive la France - Bastille Day celebrations at Ardkeen Quality Food Store
Saturday next July 14th is Bastille Day. A national holiday in France since 1880, it marks the date, 100 years earlier when French revolutionaries stormed the fortress and prison of The Bastille building in Paris and as such, it represents the symbolic end of the French Monarchy under King Louie XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette.
A very special day of celebration or fête for our near neighbours, every year the principles of Freedom, Liberty and Fraternity espoused during that time are remember and celebrated with parties, parades and fireworks.
No celebration in France would be complete without food and so a day of gathering to eat and share, often the simpler French cuisine of the peasants of that revolutionary time is enjoyed each year with cheese, pate and bread an integral part of every Bastille Day celebration.
With this in mind, (I say that a lot don’t I ;-) ) we are having our very own ‘Bastille Day’ celebrations here at Ardkeen Quality Food Store this weekend. Kicking off our Thursday Tasting at 3 with a French ‘Pique Nique’, we will be tasting typically French fare with beautiful French cheese from Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, Cork’s very own On The Pigs Back Pate and a typical French Lentil salad (recipe will be available) with that Je ne sais quoi that will have you making it again and again.
Where there is French fare there is French wine and no Bastille Day celebration would be complete without Un petit boire. Our buyers have been busy choosing a selection of French wine that exemplify the rich wine tradition and heritage that France has offered the world for centuries.
From Burgundy classics Macon Village and Poully Fuisse, to the rich and diverse terroirs of the Rhone Valley and an expression of one of the most emblematic Alsaceian grape varieties Trimback’s Riesling. The iconic Malbec, Syrah and Granache are all featured and more in between, so lots of exploring ahead. Prices are keen so pop in store for a browse and you will have even more cause for celebration than long evenings, gorgeous summer sun a small matter of the World Cup Final. Grab a glass and chair.
See you in store.
A toute a leur!
On the Pig’s Back Duck Liver Pate with Port 150g
On the Pig's Back has been producing Pâtés and Terrines since 1992, using traditional French recipes handed down through Isabelle's family. Irish Artisan Chicken liver pate made with smoked bacon & Port
Le Skinny Chef Irish French Fusion Cuisine French Onion Soup 500ml
French Onion Soup - a tradional French style soup made with succulent garden onions and herbs.
Vegan and naturally dairy & gluten free.
Joseph Drouhin Fleurie 2016 750ml
Passion and skill have been faithfully transmitted to the present fourth generation of the Drouhin family. The vinification of this wine reveals the elegance and the true expression of the Beaujolais terroir. With its intensity and fresh fruit, Beaujolais is the festive wine par excellence. This is a unique bottle, to enjoy and to share.
Joseph Drouhin Macon-lugny 2017 750ml
At the heart of Burgundy, in the historic city of Beaune, passion and skill have been faithfully transmitted to the present fourth generation of the Drouhin family. Using biological and biodynamic practices, all the vineyards of the Drouhin properties are cultivated with the greatest respect for nature in order to bring out the essence of Burgundy in all its diversity. The vinification and aging of this wine reveal the elegance and trus expression of the vineyard and its terroir. This is a unique bottle, to enjoy and to share.