If you happen to be in Cork this weekend, you’re in for a real foodie treat.

The first Cork on a Fork Festival takes place right throughout the weekend, the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors to feast on the finest local food, take part in unique culinary experiences, discover the incredible range of local producers in the region and enjoy the buzz of the city’s vibrant new outdoor dining and nightlife scene.

Cork on a Fork Festival celebrates Cork’s food and the city’s ever-evolving dining and nightlife scene.

It is supported by Cork City Council in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and local hospitality businesses to establish the city as a vibrant food location.

What's on

So what’s on? Tickle your tastebuds with some great culinary experiences such as a whiskey and cheese tasting masterclass at the Shelbourne, tutored beer tasting at Elbow Lane, a free pizza and beer tasting event at the Franciscan Well and fish ‘n’ wine guerrilla tasting at l’Atitude.

Coffee lovers will love the ‘dis’loyalty card, which encourages people to try out different independent coffee shops during the festival.

Other highlights include a jazz lunch on Pembroke Street, a BBQ on Harley Street in the VQ, lunchtime opera on Princes Street, a stretch at sketch yoga brunch, and sushi and yoga on the Boardwalk at Electric.

And there will be daily food trails including a Cork food history tour and a taste of Cork tapas experience.

Live demos

Cork on a Fork Festival also includes a number of live demonstrations, such as a bread and butter making family workshop at Cork Butter Museum, an English Market cooking demo with renowned Cork chef Orla McAndrew, a workshop with Quay Co-op spicing up vegetarian meals, and a free authentic Italian pizza making and tasting masterclass with Oak Fire Pizza.

You can check out the Cork on a Fork Festival map online for a list of almost 50 venues hosting events or offering Cork on a Fork tasting plates such as Cork Tapas on the Terrace at the Cornstore or the ‘Cork boi sandwich’ from O’Flynn Gourmet Sausages.

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