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First Cork on a Fork Festival to be served up next week

Events will include a street banquet, food trails, food talks, cookery demonstrations and tasting masterclasses

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Ciara Murphy (4) Upper Glanmire with Executive Chef of The Imperial Hotel, Ali Honour, Pat O’Connell, O’Connell Fish and Chef Nicola Clohessey, Nash19 at the launch of Cork on a Fork Festival.

Ciara Murphy (4) Upper Glanmire with Executive Chef of The Imperial Hotel, Ali Honour, Pat O’Connell, O’Connell Fish and Chef Nicola Clohessey, Nash19 at the launch of Cork on a Fork Festival.

Ciara Murphy (4) Upper Glanmire with Executive Chef of The Imperial Hotel, Ali Honour, Pat O’Connell, O’Connell Fish and Chef Nicola Clohessey, Nash19 at the launch of Cork on a Fork Festival.

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A long-table street banquet, food trails, tasting masterclasses, bite-size food talks, cooking demos and free events will all feature in a five day festival which will turn Cork into Ireland’s gourmet capital next week.

The debut of the Cork on a Fork Festival takes place on Wednesday next week with the Taste of Princes Street Dinner and tickets are selling out fast for the event.

This event will see 200 guests seated along the newly pedestrianised street for a formal long-table style dinner showcasing the range of quality produce in the region and the culinary offering on the street.

Another highlight of the week will be the Whiskey and Cheese Tasting Masterclass at the Shelbourne while beer aficianados will be able to brush up on their tasting skills with a tutored beer-tasting event at Elbow Lane.

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Other highlights include a Jazz Lunch on Pembroke Street, a BBQ on Harley Street, Lunchtime Opera on Princes Street, a Stretch at Sketch Yoga Brunch, and Sushi and Yoga on the Boardwalk at Electric.

And there will be daily food trails including a Cork Food History Tour and a Taste of Cork Tapas experience.

Cork on a Fork Festival also includes a number of live demonstrations such as a From Grain to Bread Demo, a Bread and Butter Making Family Workshop at Cork Butter Museum, an English Market cooking demo with renowned Cork Chef Orla McAndrew, a workshop with Quay Co-op Spicing Up Vegetarian Meals, and a free Authentic Italian Pizza Making & Tasting Masterclass with Oak Fire Pizza!

The whole family can join in the fun with play street activities on Beasley Street and Caroline Street, a Family BBQ on Beasley Street, a Pizza Making Workshop for kids in the Marina Market, and many more tasteful events. Full details on the Cork City Council website. The aim of the festival is establish Cork as a vibrant food destination and boost the city’s night-time economy.


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