Brought to you by The Cork and Kerry Food Market.
Hot tip: Bring your appetite.
More than 10,000 foodies will descend on Cork City Hall this weekend to sip, sample and savour their way through the annual Cork and Kerry Food Market.
An entirely free event designed to showcase all the incredible food that is grown and produced in our neck of the woods, the two-day celebration is open to the public, making it a brilliant way to get to know local food producers and find new ingredients to cook with.
The best bit? This year the showcase begins with a tipple or two for grown-ups. Here’s the schedule…
Friday: Cocktails and craft brews
The Food Market will kick off with an after work celebration on Friday, November 1st, 2019 (over 18’s only), where you can swing by and enjoy craft drinks with mouthwatering food pairings from 5pm until 10pm.
You can learn how to whip up a round of cocktails for your Christmas guests at one of the cocktail master classes running throughout the evening, while a series of Master Brewer talks will be hosted by food writer Joe McNamee; ideal if you’re about to stock the bar for the festive season.
Saturday: Chef demos and artisan treats
The next morning, it’s back to City Hall for a second helping of tasty inspiration from 10am to 6pm on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019.
More than 70 artisan food and drink producers will be setting up their stalls to entice new customers with samples.
If you forget to bring a bag there will be special limited edition sustainable bags for life for sale for €2 (usually €5) so look out for those if you decide to stock up on goodies to take home.
Later, chefs including Bryan McCarthy of Greene’s, Kevin Ahern of Sage, Chad Byrne from The Brehon and Patricia Messom from The Stuffed Olive will be taking the stage for live cookery demonstrations.
Mark Funston of Berehaven Lodge and Lee Scahill of Market Lane will also be sharing some of their secret recipes, alongside Super Valu ambassadors Kevin Dundon and The Happy Pear.
The Cork and Kerry food market is supported by a partnership including the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) Cork and Kerry, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Kerry County Council, SuperValu and Bord Bia. Follow the Cork and Kerry Food Market on Facebook for updates.