A Community Celebration of Food – fringe festival takes place on Saturday 19th August at various community garden locations and it’s all FREE!

Community gardens throughout Cork City will open up to the public on Saturday 19th August during Cork on a Fork Festival in partnership with Cork Food Policy Council, to celebrate the wealth of community food and growing initiatives.

Everyone is invited to explore with tours, workshops, talks, demos and tastings in various community garden locations throughout the city and suburbs and it’s all free to enjoy!

Cork Food Policy Council is a partnership that has been formed to work towards the achievement of a fairer, healthier, more secure and sustainable food system within the city and throughout the region.  The group will also host a fascinating 2-hour conference, Feeding Cork the sustainable and healthy way, moderated by Irish Examiner food writer Joe MacNamee, to open the festival .

Community Gardens set to host free Cork on a Fork Fringe events (on the 19th August) include; The Army Veteran’s Community Garden on the Old Youghal road, Togher Community Garden at Clashduv Park, Douglas Community Herb Garden which is on Church Road in Douglas, Murphys Farm Community Garden in Curaheen, the Community Garden in South Parish located at Pairc Eoin, Ballinlough Community Garden and St. Luke’s Community Garden.

Events will include cookery workshops, garden tours and scavenger hunts, a herbal medicine making demo, farm to form cook ups, a sound bath session and nature talks about growing your own and beekeeping! It promises to be an unmissable day of fun and discovery for all the community.

Also, on the Thursday of the festival, 17th August, Knocknaheeny Holyhill Community Garden will host their Annual Community Summer Day from 1pm-4pm, during which time people can pick produce from the garden, listen to live music, sample their delicious verbena drink and lots, lots more.

No pre-booking is required for these events and all are free.

Cork on a Fork Fest takes place next week from 16th-20th August and will see the city transformed into one big food festival. The flavour-packed festival programme includes more than 100 free and ticketed food events, including tasting trails throughout the city, cooking demos, masterclasses, street events, bite size talks, symposiums, unique dining experiences and specials to appeal to all tastes, interests and ages.

Whether you want to taste your way through the city on a food trail, take part in unique culinary experiences at a pop-up event, learn a new skill at a talk or workshop, enjoy live entertainment at a street event, or feast on the finest local food, there will be plenty to see, do and devour. With some events close to capacity or already sold out, it’s time to make a booking to avoid disappointment.


Cork on a Fork Festival is a Cork City Council festival, supported by local hospitality businesses, Fáilte Ireland, Ireland’s Ancient East, the Wild Atlantic Way Pure Cork, Cork Business Association, Cork Airport, Atlantic Clinical Trials, and media partners the Irish Examiner and RedFM.


The full programme can be found on www.corkonaforkfest.ie or follow @corkonaforkfest for live updates.