Dining

SOLD OUT: VQ Shared Table sponsored by Birra Moretti

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5.00pm - 9.30pm, Wednesday 14th August, MacCurtain Street

Get a taste of Cork's unique food culture at the opening night VQ Shared Table experience for 400 people on MacCurtain Street. This exclusive long table street event will celebrate the flavours and experiences found in this vibrant area. With a selection of delicious sharing plates, drinks, live music, and a festival atmosphere, it’s the perfect way to kick off the festival week. Proudly sponsored by Birra Moretti and supported by TS Events and Clonakilty Blackpudding. This is part of the open streets series of events.

***Please note, the event is suitable for vegetarians but cannot cater for all dietary requirements as it is a shared table experience. In the case of bad weather, this event will be moved to The Metropole Hotel and tickets will be transferred (non refundable). Also please note that photos and videos will be taken at this event. If you do not wish for your photo to be taken, please contact an event organiser on the evening.

Price: €150pp .  Sold out.  Wait list open here

Pop-up Summer Harvest Feast on Glenbrook Farm

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6.30pm, Wednesday 14th August, Glenbrook Farm Whites Cross T23TC67

This exclusive Summer Harvest Feast at Glenbrook Farm will be catered by Pamela Kelly, the acclaimed head chef at The Farmgate restaurant in The English Market. Pamela is renowned for her dedication to crafting menus from seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.

 Taking place in a rustic calf shed, all of the ingredients will be sourced directly from Glenbrook Farm, epitomising farm to fork and zero food miles. A beautiful selection of organic wine from Brians Wines will be available on the night , enhancing the dining experience (for an additional price). The evening will also feature a complimentary drinks reception with Moretti, Moretti 00, Kinsale Gin and Atlantic Whiskey , along with live music adding to the atmosphere.

Price:   €100 plus booking fee.   Book here.

Cork on a Fork Tasting Menu at The Glass Curtain

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5.30pm - 9.00pm, Thursday 15th, Friday 16th & Saturday 17th August, The Glass Curtain

The Glass Curtain will have three special Cork on a Fork set tasting menus over the week, featuring the finest local seasonal produce from the farmers, growers, butchers, cheesemakers, fishmongers, brewers and distillers of Cork.  The Glass Curtain is located in the Old Thompsons Bakery, which was once a culinary institution and part of Cork’s DNA since 1826.

Price: €55/€85. Booking will open 1 month in advance.

Spirit of Summer with Hayfield Manor & Rebel City Distillery

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6.30pm, Thursday 15th August, Orchids Restaurant at Hayfield Manor

Join Hayfield Manor and Rebel City Distillery for Spirit of Summer, an evening of exceptional food and drink as they offer a taste of Cork. The event begins at 6.30pm with a refreshing welcome drink and canapes reception with an introduction from the Rebel City Distillery Founders Robert & Bhagya Barrett. This is followed by a delicious menu specially created by their Executive Chef, Mark Staples, to complement the Rebel City Distillery Spirits.

Price:  €95.  To book call +353 21 4845900 or email events@hayfieldmanor.ie⁠

Hysterical Histories Dinner and Show at Amicus

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7.00pm, Thursday 15th, Friday 16th & Saturday 16th August, Upstairs at Amicus Restaurant, Paul Street

Written and delivered by professional Irish actors, this jam-packed, laugh-out-loud dinner performance celebrates all things Cork.  Over two hours, discover the highlights of Cork’s 1500-year history and become acquainted with a county full of quirky characters, their habits, humour, and language, while you enjoy local Cork food and drinks, live music and plenty of interaction with the actors. Leave with a belly full of food, a warm feeling in your heart and a new skill, having learned how to “speak Cork.”  Located upstairs at Amicus, heart of the city’s historic Huguenot Quarter.

Price:  €52 (adults), €32 (children under 12), kids under 2 go free). Use FORKFEST24 for €5 off adult tickets.  Book here. 

Wild Foraging Adventure and Sharing Dinner

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2.00pm-7.00pm, Friday 16th August, The Glass Curtain and further afield

Go on a wild adventure foraging trip with Epi Rogan and Brian Murray of The Glass Curtain and then sample a taste of Cork at a delicious sharing dinner in the restaurant, with wine pairing.

Price:  €125.  Booking will open 1 month in advance.

The Flavourful Irish @ Gabriel House

4.00pm-6.00pm, Friday 16th August, Gabriel House Organic Gardens

Don’t miss out on this gorgeous afternoon of local produce, garden tours and live music in the recently renovated organic gardens of Gabriel House, St Lukes, overlooking Cork City. Enjoy a signature VQ cocktail on arrival with Maharini Gin, before indulging in a delicious Irish Grill with a twist, filled with produce from local suppliers and vegetables from the garden. While you’re there, you will be given a tour of the organic gardens, where you can meet the chickens, ducks and white doves and hear about the venue's Irish Bee Conservation Project. A prominent historian will also provide insights into the area and then you can sit back and relax with the best of live Irish music from talented local musicians.

Price: €40.  Book here.

The Montenotte Wine Club presents the Wine & Sea Soirée

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6.00pm-10.00pm Friday 16th August, The Montenotte

The Wine & Sea Soirée is an exclusive dining experience at The Montenotte. A 6 Course Fish themed Invitational Dinner & paired Italian Wine.

Price: €105pp.  Book here.

Cork on a Fork Food Market

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10.00am-5.30pm, Saturday 17th August, Emmet Place (outside Crawford)

11.00am - 5.30pm, Sunday 18th August, Emmet Place (outside Crawford)

Get a taste of Cork's incredible produce and local businesses at the Cork on a Fork Food Market. There will also be live music and family fun during the day. A Cork City Council event, sponsored by Failte Ireland, Ireland's Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way.

SOLD OUT: An Exclusive Champagne Picnic in Victorian Sunken Gardens

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1.30pm, Saturday 17th August, The Montenotte 

An exclusive Champagne Afternoon Picnic in the Victorian sunken gardens at The Montenotte. Enjoy a Montenotte Gin & Tonic reception on arrival, followed by a Cheese, Charcuterie and Champagne picnic in association with “On the Pigs Back” from The English Market and Champagne Gremillet NV, as part of the Cork on the Fork Festival 2024.

Price:  €90.  Book here.

Food Future Feast

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3.00pm, Sunday 18th August, The Metropole Hotel

Zero waste chef Orla McAndrew and Group Executive Chef at Trigon Hotels Alex Petit have come together to inspire the next generation of Cork’s chefs. Students aged 16-23 are invited to submit creative recipe ideas from a list of future food ingredients provided, along with a photo of their dish. Five of the most promising chefs will be selected to take part in the dinner. Chosen chefs will receive mentorship from two of Corks most sustainably minded chefs including farm visits and foraging expeditions, and they will be given guidance and help in refining their dish at scale for a dinner with 100 people at the Metropole Hotel. Each chef will have the opportunity to introduce their dish on the night. Cork’s Food Future Dinner aims to inspire the next generation of Cork’s climate conscious chefs and encourage young people into the hospitality industry.

The Competition: 

  1. Chefs are invited to submit one recipe or multiple recipes that could be used in the dinner – we will select people under the following categories: canapes on arrival, starter course, soup/sorbet, main course, dessert/ cheese board.
  2. Chefs must feature some of the following food future ingredients in their menu; Tomatoes, Beetroot, Berries, Crab, Lobster, Langoustine, Mackerel, Corn, New potatoes, Broad beans, Runner beans, Peas, Courgettes, Aubergines, Marrows, Lettuce, Garden herbs, Edible flowers.
  3. Find a list of local producers here. 
  4. A zero waste approach will be looked on favourably.
  5. A picture should be attached for each recipe submitted.
  6. Chefs must explain in one paragraph what Cork’s future of food means to you and how you applied this to your dish.

Please submit to corkonaforkfest@gmail.com no later than 1 July 2024, referencing Cork’s Food Future Dinner in the subject line.

Pop Up Dinner with Rachel Allen at Isaacs

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6.00pm, Sunday 18th August, Isaacs Restaurant, MacCurtain Street

Celebrity chef Rachel Allen from Ballymaloe is teaming up with Isaacs Restaurant for a very special pop-up dinner on Sunday 18th August. Rachel will be cooking an exclusive menu using delicious produce from the organic farm at Ballymaloe and gorgeous fish and shellfish from Ballycotton Bay.  Tickets include a drink on on arrival.

Price:  €100pp.  Bookings are now open through Isaac’s Restaurant/ isaacsrestaurant.ie by selecting the date.

SOLD OUT: An evening with Ryan O’Sullivan at The River Lee

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7.00pm, Sunday 18th August, The River Lee Hotel

Enjoy a 6-course tasting menu curated by US Hell’s Kitchen winner Ryan O’Sullivan, who previously worked at The River Lee alongside Executive Head Chef Paul Lane. Enjoy an evening of delicious dishes, paired perfectly with wines chosen by The Doyle Collection Group Sommelier, Phillip Dunne. Ryan will guide guests through each course while also sharing his experience on Hell’s Kitchen. Also includes a Welcome Drink on The Terrace at The River Club in partnership with Peroni.

Price: €95.  Book here.  SOLD OUT