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New ‘Cork on a Fork’ food festival announced for Cork City this August
Establishing Cork City as a vibrant food destination and in support of the Night-Time Economy Initiative
 Thurs 4th August 2022

Calling all food lovers! Add a delicious week to your diary as a brand-new 5-day food festival will take place in venues and streets across Cork City centre from August 17-21 - Cork on a Fork Festival.

It’s the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors alike 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 with food trails, tasting masterclasses, cooking demos, food talks, family fun, exciting night-time events, and more!

Cork on a Fork Festival will celebrate Cork 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 Cork city as a vibrant food destination and as part of Cork’s efforts to create a more diverse and sustainable night-time economy, in support of the Report of the National Night-Time Economy Taskforce.

Commenting on the launch of the festival, the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Deirdre Forde said, “Our city is packed with talented chefs, great places to eat, Michelin rated restaurants, fun pubs, new outdoor dining spots, and the famous English Market. Cork also has an incredible range of producers – from artisan cheese to smoked fish, tender meats, craft beer and more. Cork can truly become the food capital of Ireland, and Cork on a Fork Fest is an opportunity to showcase our authentic food experiences.”

Minister Catherine Martin T.D., Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media said, “I want the Night-Time Economy to be about diversity of offering, inclusivity, innovation and making the most of what we have in our communities. The opportunity to create a more vibrant food scene as part of the Night-Time Economy was raised during the consultation process and it is really encouraging to see another action in our Taskforce Report being progressed and I am pleased that my own Department could support this great festival of food and culture in Cork. Cork city has such a vibrant and growing food scene with locations such as the English Market and other parts of the city offering great opportunities for developing new food initiatives as part of the Night-Time Economy. I hope to see this develop into a more long-term offering and also hope that Cork City Council will share their experiences with other local authorities to encourage more activity in this space”.

Cork on a Fork Festival is a fantastic opportunity to experience the buzz of the city’s vibrant new outdoor dining scene which has recently seen investment to the tune of €1.3 million worth of new bespoke weatherproofing infrastructure on Princes Street, Caroline Street, Pembroke Street, Beasley Street and Union Quay along with a further €600,000 in outdoor dining grants and the granting of 146 street furniture licences.

More and more events are being added each day. For events, experiences, participating venues and bookings, see or @corkonaforkfest on social media. #CorkonaForkFest.

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