Mixology, prawn-croquette competition and new workshops put on by the Bordeaux Wine School

On 5, 6, 7 and 8 September food and drink lovers have a date with eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX. The big names of Brussels’ fine-dining scene and Bordeaux Wines will welcome them in the lush setting of Brussels Park. This year, there will be so many new things for you to enjoy at the festival, with the second Brussels prawn-croquette competition, the mixology master class and new workshops from the Bordeaux Wine School.

The eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX festival has brought in the best chefs in the capital to cook up a storm in pop-up kitchens set up in the heart of Brussels Park. Each will prepare their signature dish for visitors. This is a wonderful opportunity to discover the stars of Belgium’s fine-dining scene in the wonderful and friendly setting of Brussels Park.

At this year’s eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX festival, visitors will be able enjoy a hands-on experience. Indeed, they will be able to discover the secrets of mixology, have the opportunity to give their opinion on prawn croquettes in a competition or even become fine-wine connoisseurs by taking part in workshops put on by the Bordeaux Wine School.


Brussels’ second prawn-croquette competition

This year, the competition to find Brussels’ best prawn croquette comes to eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX. The spotlight will be thrown on this classic staple of Belgium’s culinary heritage on Saturday 7 September from 12:00 am as part of a new addition to the festival’s rich programme.

The following establishments will be taking part: Chez Ta Mère, Les Brasseries Georges, Ma Jolie, Aux Armes de Bruxelles, Le Patio, SANZARU, Callens Café, Fernand Obb Delicatessen, Racine Carrée, Les Petits Bouchons, Cospaia, Le Rossini, Lola, Chez François and Chez Léon.

When judging them, the jury made up of food journalists will use a scoring grid in order to establish a ranking order for the dishes which they have tried. Points will be given based on a number of criteria including the crispiness, taste and the quality of the prawns.

The competition will be held in public this year on Saturday 7 September, during the eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX festival. The winner of this year’s competition will be able use the title of “Brussels’ best prawn croquette” for the entire year after the results have been announced.



This year, Brussels Cocktail Week* will set up shop at eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX for a preview event on Sunday 8 September. From 12:00 pm to 9:30 pm, visitors will be able to dive into the exciting world of mixology for the first time thanks to workshops put on by Brussels’ premier mixologists.

As part of the programme:

  •  The spotlight will be thrown on 5 iconic cocktails. A classic and reworked version of
    each cocktail will be made.
  •  There will be a 15-minute cocktail master class, where the barmen will tell you about
    the classics, but will explain their twist and give you the recipe for them!
  • A mini shot will be given to you to try during the workshops.
  • All of these cocktails will be on sale from 12:00 pm to 9:30 pm, with a different one on
    sale every two hours.

The Mixologists:

  • Boupinh Lam, representing the Mizaru Cocktail Bar
  • Euthyme Matsos from Chemistry & Botanic’s
  • Manuel Fernandez from Green Lab
  • Cedric Buscemi from La Pharmacie Anglaise
  • Christopher Ducat from The Modern Alchemist
  • Pierre Millour from Chez Ta Mère
  • Elodie Caron and Jeux d’Hiver
  • Marc Mathieux fromThe Black Sheep
  • Yen Pham EN PHAM from Yi Chan
  • Andrea Petruzzi from Cipiace

The Bordeaux Wine School

The Bordeaux Wine-School Pavilion will put on unmissable events for wine and food lovers, giving you a simple overview in order to stop you confusing your Merlots with your Cabernet Sauvignons, help you match food with wine or even, quite simply, enable you to describe the flavours. These original and fun experiences on offer will take beginners, enthusiasts, amateurs and those interested on an incredible journey of discovery right into the heart of Bordeaux’s vineyards from the very centre of Brussels. Using your WINEPASS, take part in one of the workshops throughout the festival:

Bordeaux Dating – NEW!

This year, the school is really focusing on people attending the festival! Festival-goers, whether as couples, friends or even small groups, will be able to receive valuable tips from instructors from the Bordeaux Wine School, thanks to tailored mini workshops, which are a great place for discussions. Whether it’s blind-tasting, wine scents or something else, you’ll get an unmissable tailored experience! Whether as couples, friends or even small groups, festival-goers will be welcomed by instructors from the Bordeaux Wine School throughout the festival, thanks to mini workshops, which are a great place for discussions and for receiving practical advice.


Happy Birthday! – NEW

Come and celebrate 30 years of the Bordeaux Wine School with delicious desserts prepared by eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX’s pastry chefs, as well as sparkling pairings!

eat! with the eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX! chefs

This food workshop, which showcases the wide range of pairings between the Brussels dishes on offer from our chefs, cheesemongers, pastry chefs and Bordeaux Wines, aims to create delicious flavour combinations and to combine aromas.

Introduction to tasting

A 30-minute overview which enables you to grasp the subtleties of grape varieties and aromas, and eventually choose the right words to describe your impressions.

Wine Scents

This aromatic journey give you an introduction on an important step in tasting. Your senses will be awakened, enabling you to discover the secrets of a wine’s bouquet.


The art of blending

Blending is Bordeaux Wine’s signature. After discovering the typical characteristics of Bordeaux red and white grape varieties, everyone taking part will create their own wine!

Choco’Bordeaux x Laurent Gerbaud – NOT TO BE MISSED!

Wine and chocolate have a great deal in common and every reason to go together! The Bordeaux Wine School has invited Laurent Gerbaud, a master chocolatier from Brussels, to go with you on this delicious and now unmissable journey.

Cheese and “Cheers”!

This workshop will enable you to learn everything about possible pairings between Belgian cheeses and Bordeaux wines, and give you the chance to re-explore your palette. Say “Cheese”!

The workshops are run by Belgian instructors who have been accredited by the Bordeaux Wine School and are given in French, Dutch and/or English. A “Bordeaux Wine workshop” ticket included in the Wine Pass enables you to take part in a workshop. Buy your tickets online and book your workshop in person at the Bordeaux WineSchool Pavilion. Spaces are limited to approximately sixty people per workshop.

Passes are available at reduced prices until 4 September 2019 at the ticket shop