Cork on a Fork Festival features plenty to see, do and devour in its 5-day programme
with more than 100 tasty events and experiences to saviour throughout Cork City.
The flavour-packed festival programme includes more than 100 food events, including tasting trails throughout the city, cooking demos, masterclasses, street events, bite size talks, symposiums, unique dining experiences and specials to appeal to all tastes, interests and ages.
New events announced include: The Cork Oyster Shucking Championship, A BYO Teddy Bears Picnic at Fitzgerald Park, Irish celebrity chef and teacher at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Rachel Allen, Make and Taste 3 unique coffee roasts, Cork on a Fork Vegan Trail, Cocktail-Making Demo with superstar mixologist Cal Byrne and a FREE Authentic Italian Pizza Making & Tasting Masterclass for Adults.
There will also be special offers and early birds at venues throughout the city. For example, you can enjoy a dozen Ballycotton oysters served with 2 glasses of Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV Champagne for just €40 at The River Club in the River Lee. The Glass Curtain has an early bird filled with Cork produce for just €38 - bookings have only just gone live and are sure to sell out quickly. Cocktail lovers can indulge in a carefully crafted botanical cocktail and a sharing board featuring local produce for €50 at Bloom in Hayfield Manor, or enjoy a one-off Cork brunch at The Dean.
Other fun events featured include SoulCanvas - A Night of Yoga, Art, Music & Food with The Yoga Tree; Sailing Shucking and Shanties with Cork Harbour Cruises and renowned fish-monger Pat O'Connell; a nightly Hysterical Histories Comedic Dinner Theatre Experience at Amicus; Craft beer experiences; and Cork in a Paella - a NeighbourFood event at L'Atitude 51.
Also not to be missed is the opening symposium on Feeding Cork the Sustainable and Healthy Way with Cork Food Policy; Zero-Waste Chef Conor Spacey's 'Wasted' book launch and tasting dinner; Black Gold – Cork's Blood Pudding Culture - a talk and Tasting with Kate from Flavour.ie at Farmgate; demos and events at Rebel City Distilleries; a Corkchella festival picnic in the stunning gardens of Gabriel House St Lukes, and The Montenotte's exclusive Summer Champagne Afternoon Picnic in its Victorian sunken garden ... the list goes on.
The streets will also come alive with jazz and opera music while you dine, and numerous street events will take place, and community gardens around the city will host special events over the week - including a Bees Bohemian Picnic and Soundbath at St Lukes Community Garden on 19th August.
This year's festival programme also caters to families with ticketed and free events including a bread and butter making demo at Cork Butter Museum, pizza making workshops, sensory cooking classes with the Cool Food School at St Peters for various ages, a healthy eating puppet show and pop-up play streets at markets with Let's Play Cork.
Cork on a Fork Fest is putting a key focus on sustainability, and promoting local food and talent, and it features a range of talks and events focused on sustainability. There will even be a library barrel cookbook exchange.
Whether you want to taste your way through the city on a food trail, take part in unique culinary experiences at a pop-up event, learn a new skill at a talk or workshop, enjoy live entertainment at a street event, or feast on the finest local food, there will be plenty to see, do and devour. With some events close to capacity or already sold out, and with just one month left, it's time to make a booking to avoid disappointment.
Cork on a Fork Festival is a Cork City Council Festival, supported by local hospitality businesses, Fáilte Ireland, Ireland's Ancient East, Pure Cork, Cork Business Association, Cork Airport, Atlantic Clinical Trials.
The full programme can be found on www.corkonaforkfest.ie or follow @corkonaforkfest for live updates.