Family Friendly Events at Cork on a Fork Fest

Play streets, Family BBQs, a Bread and Butter Making Workshop,  Family Pizza making Workshop and more for families.

Cork on a Fork Fest is calling on food loving families to put a tasty date in their diary this week! The brand new 5 day food festival, which kicks off on Wednesday, aims to be as inclusive as possible and has a fabulous family offering for younger budding foodies.  It’s a great way to make the best of the remaining summer holidays! 

Here is a roundup of things for families to do at the festival, including some freebies…

Butter Making Family Workshop at Cork Butter Museum

Families can watch the butter making process and make fresh bread at this free outdoor demonstration at The Butter Museum on the Wednesday 17th August from 11.30am-1.00pm.  Celebrating one of the great success stories of Ireland, the butter trade, The Butter Museum is located in the historic Shandon area of Cork city. This event is  free and no booking is required but it is weather dependent.


Family Pizza Making Workshop

Learn how to stretch and top pizza with some of Oak Fire Pizza's chefs at the Marina Market on Thursday 18th August between 11am and 12pm. In this hands-on workshop, kid's will make their own pizza which will then be cooked for them so they can taste their amazing creations! Booking is essential for this activity, which takes place at Oakfire Pizza’s Marina Market Location, the workshop costs €12 and includes a 7 inch pizza.  For more see


Play Lunch on Caroline Street

On Friday 19th August from 2-4pm you can enjoy lunch on Caroline Street while children young & old have lots of fun with Let’s Play Cork activities & games including giant Jenga, connect four, balance board games, tug of war and much more, all facilitated by an experienced coach.  The play activity is free, allowing children to have fun while adults enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants nearby. Play tutors will be there to assist but please note this is not supervised play and parents need to be mindful of this throughout the session.

Family BBQ and Play on Beasley Street

On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August, enjoy a Beasley Street Family BBQ at the Maldron South Mall from 1-5pm.  The BBQ starts from €8pp. Let's Play Cork ambassadors will be on hand to transform Beasley Street into a Play Street from 2-4pm.  Children young and old will have lots of fun with giant Jenga, connect four, corn hole, balance board games, colour catcher games, tug of war and more. Note: this is not supervised play and parents need to be mindful of this throughout the session.


For more ideas of fun things to do or flavours to try check out the Cork on a Fork Festival Map online for a list of almost 50 venues hosting events or offering Cork on a Fork tasting plates such as Cork Tapas on the Terrace at the Cornstore or the ‘Cork boi sandwich’ from O’Flynn Gourmet Sausages.  

Cork on a Fork Festiival provides the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors alike to feast on the finest local food, take part in unique culinary experiences, discover the incredible range of local producers in the region, and enjoy the buzz of the city’s vibrant new outdoor dining and scene with food trails, tasting masterclasses, cooking demos, food talks, family fun, exciting night-time events, and more!

Supported by Cork City Council in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and local hospitality businesses! It is also supported by Pure Cork, Fáilte Ireland, Ireland’s Ancient East, Cork Business Association and Cork’s RedFM.

For events, experiences, participating venues and bookings, see or @corkonaforkfest on social media. #CorkonaForkFest.