Trails and Tours

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 Tasting Trail - The culture and cuisine of Ireland's food capital!


2pm, Thursday 15th August

10.30am Friday 16th August

10.30am Saturday 17th August.

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.

Children's Food Trail


11.30am - 1pm, Friday 16th August, Cork City Centre

Join this fun and fascinating food tour through Cork City Centre for Cork on a Fork Fest. Children (and accompanying adults if they wish) can sample bite-size child-friendly local food as they wander through the city. They will also hear fun and interesting facts about food and history in Cork. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Price: €18.00. Book here.

Tutored Beer Tasting


12.00pm-12.45pm, Friday 16th & 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. 

English Market Food History Tour and Tasting at Farmgate


2.30pm, Friday 16th August, The English Market

Enjoy a special tour of the English Market guided by Regina Sexton, UCC's food and culinary historian. Regina will give you a fascinating insight into the market, its food and its history, while the traders will share their own stories and that of their produce. You will then be treated to a tasting platter of the best local produce from The English Market's Farmgate Restaurant.

Price:  €48.  Book here.

Wild Foraging Adventure and Sharing Dinner


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 soon.

Rebel City Distillery Cork Cocktail Masterclass


5.45pm, Friday 16th August, Rebel City Distillery

Expect a warm welcome with a gin and tonic followed by a guided Distillery Tour, learn the basics of Mixology and create bespoke cocktails to enjoy in our custom oak bar. Learn about the history of cocktails and techniques of creating a perfectly-balanced cocktail in a fun, engaging, light-hearted environment, in a stunning boutique space. Learn shaking & stirring techniques, and create two custom cocktails using spirits crafted in our Rebel City Distillery.

Price: €45. 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.

Cork's Food Culture Walking Tour


1.30pm, Sunday 18th August, Cork City

Join University College Cork's food and culinary historian, Regina Sexton, for a city food culture walking tour of Cork City. The tour will highlight the importance of food in shaping the city's social, economic and cultural profile through time. Starting at the Old English Market on the Grand Parade, the tour will trace Cork's food and culinary history from the medieval period through to the present day. We will walk the different eras putting substance to the claim that Cork is the Real Food Capital of Ireland. The tour will run to c. 2 hours and will cover the Grand Parade; the North Main Street; Corn Market Street; Shandon Street and the Butter Market and St. Patrick's Street. Please bring weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. And please note this tour does not include food tastings.

Price: €22.00.  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.