Monday, June 12, 2023

Cork City’s most delicious week returns this August for a feast of fun!

Cork City’s most delicious week returns this August for a feast of fun!
Aishling Moore, chef and partner at Goldie restaurant, and Brian Murray, chef and owner of The Glass Curtain join Caoimhe (7) and Naoise (5) O’Leary-Kinnerk (from Castlemore) to launch the programme of events for the upcoming Cork on a Fork Festival. Pics: Joleen Cronin.

Cork on a Fork Fest launches 5-day programme for 2023,
with almost 100 tasty events and experiences to saviour

Cork City will be transformed into one big food festival for 5 days of feasting and fun this August 16th-20th for Cork on a Fork Fest. I really enjoyed this last year and very much looking forward to a bigger and even better festival this time.

Mouths will water at the flavour-packed festival programme just launched, which includes almost 100 food events and unique experiences.

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.

The festival was established in 2022 by Cork City Council as a celebration of dining and nightlife in Cork City and the incredible produce found in the Cork region.

The full programme can be found on, with new events being added throughout the summer, but for now here’s a taster to whet your appetite:

  • The festival will kick off with 2 hours of talks at a conference on Feeding Cork the sustainable and healthy way, in partnership with Cork Food Policy Council.
  • A series of talks will take place at the Festival Stage in the Crawford Art Gallery Theatre all day on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th August. These will include panel discussion with leading names in Cork food, an Ethiopian bread making demo, a discussion with food writers on Cork Food, a meet the makers gin talk on Bertha’s Gin, talks from the UCC School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, and more.   All free to attend.
  • A 100-seater Cooking Demo Festival Marquee will be erected on Emmet Place (outside Cork Opera House) on Saturday 19th August, featuring demos and talks by leading names in Cork food, including Michelin Chef Takashi Miyazaki from Ichigo Ichie, Michelin-rated chef Aishling Moore from Gold, Clare Condon from Good Day Deli, Brian Murray from The Glass Curtain, Darren Kennedy from Sage, William Murray from Currabinny, and more.  All events are free to attend, supported by Failte Ireland, Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Festival Market will take place on Emmet Place with over 20 local producers and businesses on the same day with live music and face-painting,
  • SoulCanvas, A Night of Yoga, Art, Music & Food, will take place at Crawford Art Gallery with The Yoga Tree and The Green Room Cafe.
  • L’Atitude 51 is partnering with NeighbourFood, the online farmer’s market, to host a Cork produce showcase, via Cork NeighbourFood producers in the form of a Paella (+ more) at a makeshift kitchen on the boardwalk of Union Quay.
  • Unique picnics will also pop up.  Influencer Shauna Doyle will host a 'Corkchella' festival picnic at the stunning gardens of Gabriel House, St Lukes, whilst The Montenotte will host an exclusive Summer Champagne Afternoon Picnic in their Victorian sunken gardens.
  • Feast of Fashion Brunch will take place at Sketch in The Imperial on Sunday, in partnership with Opera Lane and local boutiques.
  • Explore Cork harbour on a Sailing, Shucking and Shanties cruise with entertainment from Cobh Molgoggers and oyster shucking by Pat O’Connell.
  • Numerous talks and tastings will take place, including Black Gold – Cork’s Blood Pudding Culture with Kate from at the Farmgate Restaurant/
  • There will be plenty of workshops too from Food Photography to Sourdough and Wine Harvest, tutored beer tasting, and coffee cupping., 
  • An International Tea Ceremony will take place in partnership with Good Day Deli and Cork Migrant Centre at Nano Nagle Place.
  • There will also be daily food trails throughout the city with different themes from Cork history, to a wine trail, vegan food, and a fish trail, all with a local and sustainable focus.
  • Renowned Cork Chef Orla McAndrew will also be popping up for cooking demos using fresh market produce outside the English Market over the week.
  • And Zero-Waste Chef Conor Spacey will officially launch his book ‘Wasted’ as part of Cork on a Fork in L’Atitude on Sunday August 20th with a plant-based tasting menu using recipes from the book paired with natural wines by L’Atitude.  

Not only that but there will be special offers and early bird menus at venues throughout the city including The Glass Curtain, Hayfield Manor, Electric and more, and gorgeous brunches at Greenwich, Sophies at the Dean and The Met.  The streets will also come alive with jazz and opera music while you dine, and numerous street events will take place.

This year’s festival programme will also cater to families with ticketed and free events in the programme, 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, promoting local food and talent, and it features a range of talks and events focused on sustainability.  The event will feature a zero waste dinner and there will even be a library barrel cookbook exchange.

Cork city is packed with talented chefs, great places to eat, Michelin rated restaurants, fun pubs, a vibrant outdoor dining scene, and of course the famous English Market. It has a treasure trove of unique dining spaces from historic buildings to rooftop gardens, waterfront venues, converted churches, old forts and jails.  It’s also a compact city that’s easy to get around and the Cork region boasts a significant amount of Ireland’s artisan producers, so you see why it’s hailed as Ireland’s food capital.

The full virtual programme is available on and events will continue to be added throughout the summer.

Commenting at the programme launch Fearghal Reidy, Director of Services, Strategic Planning & Development at Cork City Council said, “Cork on a Fork Fest is a celebration of authentic food experiences in Cork City and the incredible produce in our region.  The festival will see Cork City transformed into one big food festival for five days, filled with authentic and unique experiences. We wanted the festival to be accessible to all, so it’s a real melting pot of ticketed and free events, with a family friendly and fringe programme.  We are also mindful of the important of sustainability and reducing food waste, which you will see within the programme content.”

Cork on a Fork Festival is a Cork City Council Festival, supported by local hospitality businesses, Failte Ireland and Ireland’s Ancient East, Pure Cork, Fáilte Ireland, Cork Business Association, Cork Airport and media partners the Irish Examiner.  It was established to celebrate Cork food and Cork city’s ever evolving dining and nightlife scene in 2022. 

For the full festival programme see or for live updates follow @corkonaforkfest.

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