Thursday, 15th August '24

Cork Food History Guided Tour

Farmers Markets

10.00am - 12.00pm, Thursday 15th August, Cork City Centre

Cork City Food History Tour takes you on a walking tour of the city centre with food tastings along the way. Visit the English Market, Butter Museum, Crawford Art Gallery with stops for food tasting and chat. This is a walking tour of Cork city with commentary on the food and drinks history of the city going back to Viking days. Collect a picnic for two people from English Market and option to order freshly made artisan sandwiches. Min 2 people per booking.

Price: €59.  Book here

Cork on a Fork at Marina Market

11am-9pm, Thursday 15th August, The Marina Market

The Marina Market will continue it's events with The Marina Kitchen, which will have some fantastic cooking demos and talks at the pop-up Cork on Fork stage; Eat Cinema, an interactive food cinema experience; and Feastival, a night celebrating all the best of the Marina Market with a festival atmosphere. 

The events will be live soon but please register your interest here. 

Pizza-Making 101 - how to make pizza at home for beginners


11.45pm-1.00pm, Thursday 15th August, Pompeii Pizza at Franciscan Well

Learn how to make pizza at home, using ingredients you can get in the supermarket. Participants will make their own dough & learn how to shape & top a pizza. Everyone will get a pizza on the day and you'll also bring home dough to practice at home. This is an ideal workshop for a family group.

Price:  €20 per adult, €10 for U18s (min age 8 years & children must be accompanied by an adult).   Book here.

English Market cooking demo renowned Cork Chef Orla McAndrew

Cork on a Fork Thursday

12.30pm-2.00pm, Thursday 15th August, Outside the English Market on Grand Parade

Award-winning Cork Chef Orla McAndrew will indulge visitors to the English Market with a cookery demonstration and sampling outside the building on Grand Parade. Committed to sustainability and a 'zero-waste ethos' Orla will be using a range of fresh, local ingredients from the stalls of the renowned English Market to create seasonal tasting and sharing plates - perfect for summer gatherings.

FREE. No need to book.

Tutored Beer Tasting


12.00pm-12.45pm, Thursday 15th 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. 

Holly Hill Community Garden Cork on a Fork Summer Festival

1-4pm, Thursday 15th August, Knocknaheeny, Hollyhill Community Garden (behind Apple Green garage)

Join Knocknaheeny Community Garden for a delightful day where you can pick fresh produce from the garden, enjoy live music and much more. This event is open to everyone.  Come together to celebrate the spirit of community and the joy of gardening.

No pre-booking is required and the event is free of charge.

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


2pm, Thursday 15th August, Cork City Centre trail

This is a relaxed but highly-focused 2.5/3 hour food stroll through Cork City. 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.

Handbuild an Empty Bowl with sculptor Martha Cashman


2.30pm, Thursday 15th August, Living Commons Arts studio Shandon St

Discover your inner artist, and learn about the ancient craft of hand building with clay in this 2.5 hour ceramic workshop. You will design, create and build a unique, contemporary bowl or platter that you can use daily in your kitchen, safe for food use or simply hung on the wall as your very own personal art piece or even frame it after. You will learn the fundamental techniques of hand building, sculpting and texturing a slab of clay. Martha will fire the work twice, once to bisc, I will then glaze it and fire again to a high fired glaze finish. The work will be ready in 3 weeks for collection or postage can be arranged. In this workshop Martha will address two of our Sustainability Goals 2: Zero Hunger and 16: Peace and Justice and Strong Institutions.

Price:  €65. Note, a percentage of the fee goes to Doctors without Borders.   Book here.

Cork on a Fork Tasting Menu at The Glass Curtain


5.30pm - 9.00pm, Thursday 15th 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 14th July.

Spirit of Summer with Hayfield Manor & Rebel City Distillery


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

A Taste of Cork Fashion & Food


7.00pm, Thursday 15th August, St Peter's, North Main Street

Enjoy a Taste of Cork Fashion and Food in the stunning venue of St Peters. This gorgeous event will kick off with a Kinsale Gin and Cork Canapes reception featuring delicious local produce prepared by zero waste chef Orla McAndrew.  You will then enjoy a fashion show featuring collections from Cork city centre stores and boutiques. The show will be MC’d by Daily Diva Diary’s Helen Queally and curated by Vivienne McCarthy. Opera Lane Personal Shopper and Stylist Breeda O'Connell will also provide super Style Advice, giving you the tips & tricks to transition your wardrobe from late summer to early autumn. Hair will also be styled by the team at Origin Hair Design.  Sponsored by Opera Lane and Orla McAndrew Food.

Price:  €50. Book here.

Hysterical Histories Dinner and Show at Amicus


7.00pm, Thursday 15th 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.