Thursday 16 August 2018

New fashion zone is all set to bloom at Cork Summer show

So much more than an agricultural show, this year's Cork Summer Show has added several new attractions to its already bulging line-up at the Curraheen venue.

A new fashion zone with many of Munster's leading boutiques, live catwalk shows and competitions for the best-dressed, will ensure that this year's show, on June 16 and 17, is a very stylish affair.

Floral art is also a new addition to the schedule with several talks and flower-arranging demonstrations. The Association of Ireland Floral Artists (AOIFA) will be adjudicating floral competitions for every level from novice to advanced, across a number of themes and categories.

For those who didn't make it to the Bloom Festival in Dublin, Cork Summer Show has ambitions to grow into an event not unlike Bloom. They have added a horticultural area with demonstrations on 'Grow it Yourself'; talks on bee-keeping; and more, as well as a special garden created by Down Syndrome charity Field of Dreams.

As always, there will be an eclectic mix of competitions at the show from Best Scarecrow to Odlums All-Ireland Home Baking Championship qualifier across cake, loaf, and round categories. There will also be awards and prizes for marmalades and jams, not to mention needlework, knitting and much more.

The ever-popular Pet Dog Show will run both show days, with the entry fee of €2 going towards Pieta House. There will be all the usual family fun, food, live music, vintage vehicles, motor zone, petting farm, craft beer tents and Taste Cork food market.

For the show, Bus Éireann has extended the 208 route to the Showgrounds. Also, free buses will operate from Black Ash Park n'Ride and Ballincollig Shopping Centre. Parking will also be lentiful and free at the show-grounds at Curraheen.

For more information on competitions, events, prizes and the full schedule for this year's Cork Summer Show, see or follow on Facebook.