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Cork on a Fork Fest announces first events for 2024 programme
Get a taste of Cork’s unique food culture at the 5-day food festival which returns from 14th-18th August 2024
 Thurs 23rd May 2024

Pictured: Nascimento Nunes, Head Chef at Paladar; Alexandre Petit, Group Executive Chef of Trigon Hotels; and Brian Murray, Chef and Owner of The Glass Curtain, at the launch of Cork on a Fork Festival

Get ready to savour the unique flavours of Cork at ‘Cork on a Fork Festival’, returning from August 14-18, 2024 throughout Cork City centre. This celebration of food brought to you by Cork City Council and local businesses will showcase Cork’s unique food culture, culinary excellence, dining experiences and quality local produce over five days of food, trails, events, talks, demos and festival fun.

Cork on a Fork Fest has just unveiled the first events for its 2024 programme. Programme highlights to date include:

  • VQ Shared Table - Sponsored by Birra Moretti, this opening night event on MacCurtain Street will host 400 guests dining long-table style. Featuring a chef collaboration, delicious sharing plates, drinks, live music, and a festive atmosphere, it promises to be one of the hottest tickets of the festival. Supported by TS Events and Clonakilty Blackpudding.
  • Cooking Demo Marquee and Local Food Market - Located on Emmet Place, the weekend festivities will centre around a 100-seater marquee with exciting demos from renowned chefs such as Aishing Moore from Goldie, named Ireland’s Best Chef 2024, and Michelin-starred chefs Rob Krawczyk from Chestnut, and Takashi Miyazaki from Ichigo Ichie. Other notable chefs completing the all star lineup include Hell's Kitchen US winner Chris O'Sullivan, Rachel Allen from Ballymaloe Cookery School, the Bean Queen Ali Honour, Meeran Manzoor from Rare 1784, Barbara Nealon of St Francis Provisions, Victor Franca of Nua Asador, Chris Braganza of Spice Genie, Shauna Murphy of Terre, and Harrison Sharpe of Elbow Lane. Sponsored by Failte Ireland, Ireland's Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Food Future Feast - Zero waste chef Orla McAndrew and Group Executive Chef Alex Petit will mentor young chefs (ages 16-23) who submit creative recipes from provided ingredients. Five selected chefs will receive mentorship, participate in farm visits and foraging expeditions, and refine their dishes for a 100-guest dinner at the Metropole Hotel on Sunday, August 18.
  • An Evening with Ryan O Sullivan at The River Lee - A 4-course tasting menu will be curated by the US Hell’s Kitchen winner alongside Executive Head Chef Paul Lane. Enjoy an evening of delicious dishes, paired perfectly with wines chosen by The Doyle Collection Group Sommelier, Phillip Dunne. Ryan will guide guests through each course while also sharing his experience on Hell’s Kitchen.
  • Spirit of Summer - Join Hayfield Manor and Rebel City Distillery for an evening of exceptional food and drink as they offer a taste of Cork on Thursday 15th August.
  • 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.

Further events are yet to be announced from farm tours to unique dining experiences. Cork on a Fork Festival is organised and supported by Cork City Council in partnership with local hospitality businesses, Fáilte Ireland, Pure Cork, Cork Business Association, Cork Airport and sponsors.

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