Cork on a Fork – New Food Festival

The 5-day food festival 17 – 21 August, will feature unique experiences, food trails, tasting masterclasses, street events, bite-size food talks, cooking demos, and free events. It will also include Cork on a Fork specials, family fun, night-time food experiences and more. 

Cork on a Fork – New Food Festival

New food festival will establish Cork city as a vibrant food destination and support the Night-Time Economy Initiative. Add a delicious week to your diary as a brand-new 5-day food festival will take place in venues and streets across Cork City centre from August 17-21 –  

It’s the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors alike to feast on the finest local food. Visitors can take part in unique culinary experiences, and discover the incredible range of local producers in the region. There will also be the buzz of the city’s vibrant new outdoor dining and nightlife scene with food trails, tasting masterclasses, cooking demos, food talks, family fun, exciting night-time events, and more.

Cork’s Dining and Nightlife Scene

Cork on a Fork Festival will celebrate Cork food and the city’s ever evolving dining and nightlife scene.  It is supported by Cork City Council in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and local hospitality businesses to establish Cork city as a vibrant food destination and as part of Cork’s efforts to create a more diverse and sustainable night-time economy, in support of the Report of the National Night-Time Economy Taskforce.  

Taste of Princes Street Dinner

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 (18 August) and a one-off Cork on a Fork evening dining experience at The Bookshelf at the Elysian on Saturday night (20 August).  

Tickle Your Taste Buds 

Tickle your tastebuds with some great culinary experiences over the week, such as a Whiskey and Cheese Tasting Masterclass at the Shelbourne, and tutored Beer Tasting at Elbow Lane. Enjoy free Pizza and beer tasting event at the Franciscan Well, and Fish ‘n’ Wine Guerrilla Tasting at l’Atitude.  Coffee lovers will love the ‘dis’loyalty card, which encourages people to try out different independent coffee shops during the festival. 

Other highlights include a Jazz Lunch on Pembroke Street, a BBQ on Harley Street in the VQ, Lunchtime Opera on Princes Street, a Stretch at Sketch Yoga Brunch, and Sushi and Yoga on the Boardwalk at Electric. And there will be daily food trails including a Cork Food History Tour and a Taste of Cork Tapas experience.  

Demonstrations, Workshops, Exhibitions

Cork on a Fork Festival also includes a number of live demonstrations such as a Bread and Butter Making Family Workshop at Cork Butter Museum, an English Market cooking demo with renowned Cork Chef Orla McAndrew. There will also be 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. 

Bring Your Cookbook to Swop

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 Swop 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 Cork on a Fork Festival Afterparty at Coqbull to name a few. 

Festival Map

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.   

More and more events are being added each day.  For events, experiences, participating venues and bookings, see here or @corkonaforkfest on social media. #CorkonaForkFest. 

Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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