~ The 5-day food festival returns from 14th-18th August 2024 and will feature new food experiences, food trails, tasting masterclasses, street events, talks, cooking demos, specials, family fun, and more. ~

Cork on a Fork Fest is the perfect opportunity to get a taste of Cork’s unique food culture as the city showcases its culinary excellence, creative dining experiences, unique venues and atmosphere, and quality local produce over five days of incredible food, events, talks, cooking demos and festival fun for all ages.

It’s a celebration of all things food and Cork, bringing together the magic ingredients of this authentic, innovative and multicultural food destination.  Expect a host of exclusive dining and entertainment experiences, street events, and the chance to sample incredible food from the region’s wonderful array of growers, producers and farmers.

Plans are already well underway for events. Whether you want to taste your way through the city on a food trail, take part in one of a kind culinary experiences or street events, learn a new cooking skill, take part in a workshop, enjoy live entertainment, or hear about the city’s fascinating food history, there will be plenty to see, do and devour at Cork’s newest food festival that’s quickly becoming a favourite.

There will also be sustainability workshops, pop-up experiences in unusual locations, and the festival will centre around a live cooking demo marquee and local food market on Emmet Place over the weekend.

Cork City is packed with talented chefs, great places to eat, top- rated restaurants , fun pubs and a vibrant outdoor dining scene. It has a treasure trove of unique dining spaces from historic buildings to rooftop gardens, waterfront venues, converted churches, old forts and jails.  The farm to fork destination that dates back centuries to circa 915-922 when it was established as a trading port, and over the past 200 years the wider Cork region has led the way for the modern Irish specialty food producer movement with an abundance of the country’s artisan producers along its coastal shores and rich agricultural land.  Much of this produce can be found in the famous English Market, meaning that restaurants and cafes can phone for produce and it arrives fresh 20 minutes later. It’s unique to the city and something everyone is very proud of.

Cork also has a rich history as a key provisioning centre, so local food traditions blend with global flavours resulting in a modern fusion. With this quality and variety you can see why it’s hailed as Ireland’s food capital!   And Cork on a Fork Fest has a great opportunity to sample these key ingredients.

The imaginative 5 day food festival began with a taster of a pilot in 2022 to celebrate Cork food and Cork City’s ever evolving dining and nightlife scene, and went full steam ahead last year when many of the city’s top restaurants, food experiences and producers came on board for a collaborative festival to truly celebrate Cork’s incredible food scene.

Lauren Mackeown of Shelbourne Bar and Rose Harrington of Mayo Cafe who together at the Irish Whiskey and Pastry Tasting Experience during Cork on a Fork Fest. For more see www.corkonaforkfest.ie
Photo Joleen Cronin

Cork on a Fork Festival is organised and supported by Cork City Council in partnership with local hospitality businesses, Fáilte Ireland, Pure Cork, Cork Business Association and Cork Airport.

Details of the full programme will be announced next month on corkonaforkfest.ie but save the date for now and stay tuned on social media @corkonaforkfest for the latest updates.


Press release credit; The Events, Tourism & Communications Agency