Friday, February 23, 2024

Cork Whiskey Fest - Ready to roll again next month!

Cork Whiskey Fest - 

Ready to roll again next month!

Organisers Sonia and Laurie O'Dwyer flank the speakers
 at the launch in the Shelbourne


For the second time, the Shelbourne Bar played host this week to the official launch of Cork Whiskey Fest (CWF) 2024, which will take place across The VQ, from the 22nd - 24th  March.

Cork Whiskey Fest is once again proudly sponsored by Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, The Shelbourne Bar and 

The Shelbourne bar is delighted to be a co-sponsor again this year for Cork Whiskey Fest 2024. Last year the weekend was a huge success not just in The Shelbourne Bar, but The VQ in general. As Ireland's premier Irish whiskey bar, we feel the CWF is the perfect platform for us to bring Irish whiskey to a larger audience. We wish Sonya and Laurie the very best of luck with CWF 2024.’’ Philip Gillivan, The Shelbourne Bar. 

Dunville's line-up 2023

John O’Donovan, Owner of, the exclusive retailer for the festival said “As a native Cork business, it gives us pleasure to sponsor the 2nd Cork Whiskey Fest. We are very proud to be a part of it”

Cork Whiskey Fest 2024 is guaranteed to be a jam-packed weekend with 25 events to choose from across 3 days in 1 city. 

Laurie & Sonya O’Dwyer, co-founders of the festival, are delighted to be doing it all again this year, 

“We are thrilled to be able to run Cork Whiskey Fest again this year. Our inaugural Fest last year proved very popular, a great success and provided an atmosphere of real fun across the weekend. This is due to the phenomenal support of the people of Cork and other counties, the Whiskey community and many of the international whiskey enthusiasts that attended from around the world”  

This year’s festival will again offer attendees exclusive insights into unique whiskeys, some not yet available to purchase in-stores. 

The Brand Expo & Social Events on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd will play host to 45 whiskey distilleries/brands who will be sharing their liquids to sample with all attendees. 

The Masterclasses happening across the afternoons of the 23rd and 24th of March will be run by brand specialists of the whiskey world. 

Andrew Dickey of Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, who guided the tasting last night and gave guests and media the opportunity to get a glimpse into what we can expect from the weekend.

“We are delighted to support Cork Whiskey Fest again this year. We are expecting this year to be just as much fun as last year. Over the weekend we will have a number of exciting tastings featuring the most loved Irish Whiskeys, hosted by the people that make them. ” Andrew explained last night.

Dingle, in its early days (2016)

After a quick introduction to the festival by Laurie O’Dwyer, Andrew took guests through a tasting of Jameson Single Pot Still and Redbreast 27yr old Irish whiskey samples. Once the tastings were completed, guests enjoyed nibbles and took away a much sought after whiskey goodie bag.

Laurie, host of Whiskey Chats podcast, developed the idea for the festival alongside his wife, Sonya in 2022. Laurie explained, “What makes Cork Whiskey Fest different from others of its kind, is that we want it to be open and accessible to everyone. We’ll have distillers, owners and brand ambassadors from over 50 whiskey brands hosting events and at our expo tables, who will guide our attendees through the experience. Whether you’re a whiskey aficionado, just enjoy the occasional drop or you are dipping your toe into whiskey for the first time, we’ve got you covered. A lot of our events have already sold out”.

For those who have missed out on tickets for their preferred event already, you can browse remaining tickets through

press release

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