‘Cork on a Fork’

A new food festival has been announced for Cork City this August in support of the Night-Time Economy Initiative. 

The five day "Cork on a Fork" food festival will feature experiences, food trails, tasting masterclasses, street events, bite-size food talks, cooking demos, free events, Cork on a Fork specials, family fun and night-time food experiences.

Cork on a Fork is supported by Cork City Council in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and local hospitality businesses.

One of the festival highlights will be the "Taste of Princes Street Dinner" on opening night, which will see 200 guests seated along the newly pedestrianised street for a formal, long-table style dinner showcasing the range of quality produce in the region and the culinary offering on the street. 

Other special dinners include the "Show-Thyme" jazz dinner event at Thyme at Seventy-Six on the Mall on Thursday evening (18th August) and a one-off Cork on a Fork evening dining experience at The Bookshelf at the Elysian on Saturday night (20th August). 

Other highlights include a jazz lunch on Pembroke Street, a BBQ on Harley Street in the VQ, "Lunchtime Opera on Princes Street", "Stretch at Sketch - Yoga Brunch", and "Sushi and Yoga on the Boardwalk" at Electric.  There will also be daily food trails including a Cork food history tour and a Taste of Cork tapas experience. 

Cork on a Fork Festival also includes a number of live demonstrations such as the "Bread and Butter Making Family Workshop" at Cork Butter Museum, an English Market cooking demo with renowned Cork Chef Orla McAndrew, a workshop with Quay Co-op: "Spicing Up Vegetarian Meals", and a free "Authentic Italian Pizza Making & Tasting Masterclass" with Oak Fire Pizza.

The whole family can join in the fun with play street activities on Beasley Street and Caroline Street, a family BBQ on Beasley Street, a pizza making workshop for kids in the Marina Market, and more.

Special free guided tours of the new "Meat and Potatoes" exhibition at Crawford Art Gallery will take place on Thursday, and the festival will host a number of bite-size food talks. There will even be a cookbook swap outside Cork City Library over the week.

For those who want to experience Cork City’s renowned nightlife, head along to the Kinsale Gin pop-up events at Dwyers of Cork, the "Brazilian Celebration Party" at Cyprus Avenue, or the "Bites and Beats Festival Afterparty" at Coqbull to name a few.

Or check out the Cork on a Fork festival map online for a list of almost 50 venues hosting events or offering Cork on a Fork tasting plates such as "Cork Tapas on the Terrace" at the Cornstore or the "Cork Boi Sandwich" from O’Flynn Gourmet Sausages.