Saturday, 17th August '24

Cork on a Fork Food Market


10.00am-5.30pm, Saturday 17th 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.

Cork on a Fork Cooking Demo Marquee

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

A 100-seat Festival Cooking Demo Marquee and Festival Market will take place on Emmet Place (outside the Cork Opera House) all day with a host of exciting talks, demos and tastings. The events are MCd by Irish Examiner food writer Joe McNamee and food writer Kate Ryan from The Echo and sponsored by Fáilte Ireland, Ireland's Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way.  

11am:  Pasta Making with Hell's Kitchen US Winner Ryan O'Sullivan

12pm: Bread and Fishes with Aishling Moore (Goldie) and Ryan Hoy (Pike Deli)

1pm:  A Taste of Ballymaloe Cooking School with Rachel Allen

3pm: Full of Beans! - the bountiful and beautiful world of beans with #BeansIsHow champion Ali Honour and Cork Rooftop Farm's Brian McCarthy

4pm: Learn How to Cook for Restrictive Diets with Rob Fitzpatrick, Market Lane 

4.45pm:  How to Make the Perfect BBQ Sausage withHarrison SharpeElbow Lane Smokehouse & Brewery

ALL FREE. No need to book but limited places.  See the Festival Marquee tab for full details.

Cork on a Fork Tasting Trail - The culture and cuisine of Ireland's food capital!


10.30am, Saturday 17th August, Cork City trail

This is a relaxed but highly-focused 2.5/3 hour food stroll through Cork City with Fab Food Trails. You will be brought to places that are off the usual food route where tastings are generous and the people lively - Cork people are enormously proud of their food. Quite rightly! There is a little culture and architecture along the way from your local and knowledgeable guide. Vegetarian friendly.

Price: €75. Book here.

Kids Pizza Making Demo


11.00am, Saturday 17th August, Il Padrino

Kids will have lots of fun at this hands on pizza making demonstration at Il Padrino, serving the families of Cork for 24 years. Your little masterchefs will have the opportunity to roll their own fresh dough and put on toppings before enjoying their own creation. The price includes a drink and ice-cream.

Price: €10 per child. Book here.

Tutored Beer Tasting


12.00pm-12.45pm, Saturday 17th August, Elbow Lane

Elbow Lane Brewery on Oliver Plunkett Street will throw open the doors of the smallest brewery in Ireland to showcase its limited-edition range of award-winning beers. join head brewer Russell Garet for an informal, informative and FUN tasting in the restaurant, try each of the beers and hear about the brewery and beer in general. You'll also get your choice of one of their 100% recycled Organic Cotton T-Shirts, 4 tasting beers and pinchos.

Price: €55. Book here. 

Chase the Fairy - Absinthe Experience


12.15pm, Saturday 17th August, Rebel City Distillery

Join Rebel City Distillery for Ireland's first and only premium Absinthe Experience . A unique celebration of the Alchemy and Artistry. Experience a fully guided Distillery Tour with a welcome drink on arrival and 2 Cocktails, with non-alcoholic options available. Dress Code: Roaring 20's theme. Optional

Price: €40. Book here.

An Exclusive Champagne Picnic in Victorian Sunken Gardens


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.  Booking will open soon.

Sourdough and Wine Harvest


3.30pm-5.00pm, Saturday 17th August, Callanan's Bar, Georges Quay

Immerse yourself in a captivating event dedicated to the art and science of sourdough bread-making, natural wine, and sustainable agricultural practices, and hear about the challenges facing farmers and tillage farmers this year as a result of climate change. Discover a new approach to baking that enhances digestibility, elevates nutritional content, and celebrates the rich flavors of this ancient culinary tradition and indulge in an exquisite tasting experience of artisanal sourdough bread. Pair these delightful bread creations with exceptional natural wines, lovingly crafted from sustainably grown grapes. Engage with experts in the field who will share their knowledge, insights, and experiences. You'll see how one Cork producer, Benjamin Lebon @seeds_bakery_kinsale is bringing back bread to its holy standard. Dr. Fanny Leenhardt-Cohalan will bring you through heritage wheat varieties, which are freshly harvested just 15km from Cork city! Pascal Rossignol @lecaveauwinemerchants will take you on a journey from the bountiful fields of sustainable agriculture to the fermentation process that gives rise to the unique characteristics of natural wine.

Price: €30 (€50 for two).  Book here.

Rebel City Distillery Tour with Founders


2.00pm, Saturday 17th August, Rebel City Distillery

Embark on an exclusive journey through the world of Rebel City with this co- founder-led tour, where every sip tells a story. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a curious novice, this exclusive tour promises an unforgettable exploration of flavour, culture and tradition. With a Gin and Tonic in hand, enjoy a guided tour of the Rebel City boutique craft distillery. Surrounded by the beautiful aromas of Indian botanicals, learn about the process of distillation in this landmark building and finish with a choice of tasting from any Rebel City Distillery Spirit.

Price: €25.00. Book here.

Cork on a Fork Tasting Menu at The Glass Curtain


5.30pm - 9.00pm, 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 14 July.

Hysterical Histories Dinner and Show at Amicus


7.00pm, Saturday 17th 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.

€52 (adults), €32 (children under 12), kids under 2 go free.  Use discount code FORKFEST24 for a 5 euro discount on adult tickets

Book here.