About Cork on a Fork

Cork has always been known for its rich culinary heritage and vibrant food scene and now you can get a taste of all that the region has to offer at Cork on a Fork Festival, which takes place across Cork City from August 14-18.  Over five days, the city centre will turn into a gastronomic paradise, celebrating the vibrant and diverse food culture of the region.

Drawing food enthusiasts from near and far, Cork on a Fork offers a diverse array of experiences for all palates including unique dining events, pop-up restaurants, chef collaborations, live cooking demonstrations from top chefs, interactive workshops, food and drink pairings events, bite-sized talks, and plenty of kids’ food activities  

It’s not just a festival; it’s a unique celebration of Cork’s food culture and everything that makes Cork’s food scene special. It’s a testament to the city’s rich culinary heritage, its talented chefs, its commitment to local produce and sustainability, and its multiculturalism. For anyone passionate about food, this is an unmissable festival that offers magic ingredients and a true taste of Cork.  

Organised by Cork City Council in partnership with local businesses, producers and stakeholders, the week highlights the region’s exceptional culinary talents, featuring Michelin-starred chefs, beloved local eateries, fascinating food history and delicious local produce.   

Thank you to our partners

A sincere thank you to our partners: our local hospitality businesses, Fáilte Ireland, Ireland’s Ancient East, Pure Cork, Cork Business Association, Cork Airport, the IHF Cork Branch, and media partners the Irish Examiner and Cork's RedFM.

Get involved! 

If you’re interested in participating in the official food festival for Cork City, or becoming a sponsor, please contact corkonaforkfest@gmail.com

Building on Cork’s great food provenance 

Fearghal Reidy, Director of Strategic & Economic Development at Cork City Council, said "Cork on a Fork Fest is a tribute to Cork’s rich culinary heritage and its burgeoning reputation as a food capital. Initially developed to celebrate Cork city’s ever-evolving dining and nightlife scene, the festival has grown phenomenally since its pilot in 2022. Based on excellent feedback, Fáilte Ireland and Cork City Council, along with various stakeholders, are now developing a food destination plan to make Cork the food capital of Ireland.  The focus on local and regional produce also, pardon the pun, feeds into our sustainability and climate goals that are so important.”

Head of Ireland’s Ancient East, Brian O’Flynn said:  “Cork City is an important part of Ireland’s Ancient East and has huge potential to attract domestic and international visitors. The Cork on a Fork festival provides the perfect opportunity to showcase all that Cork City has to offer. Fáilte Ireland looks for every opportunity to encourage visitors to explore and stay in the region for longer, increase spend and help to drive revenue for local businesses. We are currently working with industry and key stakeholders to identify new opportunities to create a diverse range of visitor experiences as part of our Destination and Experience Development Plans for Ireland’s Ancient East. Cork is already recognised nationally for leading the way in providing outdoor dining facilities and with the support of Fáilte Ireland has helped businesses extend opening times and grow Cork’s nighttime economy. We will continue to build on Cork’s great food provenance to enhance its reputation as a great food destination.”


Contact Niamh Murphy corkonaforkfest@gmail.com / niamh@e-t-c.ie

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