Cork Food Policy Council Presents Cork Food Harvest Festival 2018

 Press Release 
Cork Food Policy Council Presents
the 2018 Cork Food Harvest Festival

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, Cork Food Policy Council together with community groups, private enterprises, and partners from across Cork host this year’s food harvest themed event taking place over the weekend of October 19th, 20th and 21st.

The festival celebrates the wealth of community food and the growing initiatives throughout Cork. Like last year, there will be loads of free events: tours, workshops, talks, demonstrations and tastings. On Sunday the 21st, everyone will come together in Fitzgerald’s Park for a day of celebration.

Access the full schedule of events at and on social media pages.

The festival will commence on Friday October 19th at 1pm with a 'A Taste of Cork' meal prepared by culinary students from CIT Tourism & Hospitality Department. This features a 3-course meal with tea/coffee at €20 per person. To book, email or phone 0214335820.

That evening, SHEP Earth Aware will screen The Soil Solution to Climate Change at Social Health Education Project, Village Chambers, The Village Centre, Station Road, Ballincollig at 7:30pm.

On the Saturday, a schedule of free events, tours, workshops, talks, demonstrations and tastings will take place in venues across Cork city and county. These initiatives will provide opportunities for the public to come and learn about food – how to grow it, cook it, share it and enjoy it.

Members of the public will be invited to the social enterprise Roots Coffee House and Beech Hill Garden Centre in Montenotte to take part in a green leafy vegetable workshop, harvest crafts and a tasting event. In North Cork, at IRD Duhallow, gardeners are invited to come and learn about how to prepare a garden in the spring, by protecting it during the winter.

The festival will culminate with a fun family day in Fitzgerald’s Park on Sunday Oct. 21st. This will include a free World Food Day Feast: a vegetable curry cooked with produce from local community growing initiatives and donated food. There will be talks from Philip Allen of Lagan Valley Permaculture Networking on ‘A Healthy Economy’ at 2pm; Dr Eoin Lettice of UCC’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences on ‘The Root of the Matter: Plant/soil interactions for sustainable food production’ at 2:45pm; and journalist Fiann O' Nuallain, AKA The Holistic Gardener, on ‘Growing Health’ at 3:30pm in Cork Public Museum. Community groups engaged in the theme of food harvest will host stands and demonstrations. There will be live music for all the family and much more. Attendance is free.

Dr Colin Sage, Chair of the Cork Food Policy Council, said, “We are on course to exceed the number of partners opening their doors to visitors on the Saturday when people can see for themselves the innovative food activities taking place across the Cork region. We hope to repeat the success of last year’s splendid family event in Fitzgerald’s Park!”

Keelin Tobin, Co-ordinator of Cork Food Policy Council, said, “We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has come on board and gotten involved. The festival is dependent on a huge number of volunteers and supporters. We are very grateful for all the support.”

Cork Food Policy Council is a non-statutory group of food system representatives working

towards an inclusive, fairer, healthier and more sustainable food system. Founded in 2013,

Cork Food Policy Council is the first of its kind in Ireland and one of the first in Europe.

Contact: For more information go to, or find us on Twitter

@CorkFoodPolicy and Facebook @CorkFoodPolicyCouncil

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