It’s all kicking off on Wednesday.
Cork on a Fork Fest gets underway this week, with more than 100 things to see, do, and devour across Cork City Centre, including loads of free events.
The jam-packed programme features a street feast, food trails, tasting masterclasses, bite-size food trails, cooking demos, specials, and a family programme, so there’s something for all tastes.
Here’s our pick of the free events happening around town:
Library Barrel Cookbook Exchange
When: Wednesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm at Cork City Library (stock dependent)
Cork City Library will host a cookbook exchange in a cargo bike outside their building on the Grand Parade from the Wednesday to the Saturday of the festival. Pop along with your old cookbook and pick up a new one. It’s good for the environment and for your midweek dinner rotation.
Play on Maylor Street
When: Friday, 12pm-2pm, no booking required.
Pop into the city with your family for lunch in one of the gorgeous restaurants in this part of town; from 2pm-4pm there will be free face painting on Maylor Steet and everyone will have lots of fun with giant Jenga, Connect Four, corn hole, balance board games, colour catcher games and a tug of war with the Let’s Play Cork leaders.
Note: this is not supervised play.
Clonakilty Black Pudding Tasters
When: Friday, August 18th, 10am-4pm
Whether you’re a lifelong fan or you’ve never tried it before, you can enjoy free Clonakilty Black Pudding Tasters outside Crawford Art Gallery on Emmet Place on Friday, August 18th from 10am to 4pm.
Festival Demo Marquee and Markets
When: 9.30am-6pm, Saturday, August 19th, no booking is required
The Festival Demo Marquee and Festival Market will be set up on Emmet Place (outside the Cork Opera House) all day on Saturday with a host of exciting talks, demos and tastings you can check out for free.
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Rachel Allen will be on stage at 1pm and with a cooking demo with William Murray of Currabinny at 4pm. You can find out how to make pupusas (stuffed tortillas/flatbread) in a special cooking demo and sampling with Cork Migrant Centre at 5pm.
There will also be market stalls to peruse on the day, and free face-painting from 12pm-2pm, with giant outdoor games from 2pm-4pm.
Responsible Good Food Talks and Demos at Good Day Deli, Nano Nagle Place
When: Sunday, August 20th, 3pm-5pm, no booking required
Good Day Deli at Nano Nagle Place is hosting talks and demos with their producers in Cork who care equally as much about environmental stewardship as the quality and flavour of their produce.
Pop along on the day and hear from West Cork Coffee, Richards Little Farm, Hive Mind, and more.