Cork’s newest festival, which celebrates all things food in Cork city centre, provides another good reason for food lovers to visit the rebel city this August.

Instigated by Cork City Council, visitors will get to meet the producers, chefs, specialist grocers, brewers and mixologists who have given the city the reputation it holds for its incredible food and drink.

The Market Lane’s group of city centre restaurants will be providing some of the action for this inaugural event.

Elbow Lane Smokehouse & Brewery on Oliver Plunkett Street will, for the first time, be throwing open the doors of the smallest brewery in Ireland to showcase its limited-edition range of 5 award-winning beers. Head Brewer, Russel Garrett, will be hosting Tutored Beer Tastings from 12 noon on the 17, 18 and 19th August. Booking is online only and costs €30 per person including a sustainably made Elbow Lane T-Shirt.

The Market Lane Restaurant will provide freshly made main meals via the Food Bank on Lower Oliver Plunkett Street to help ensure that everyone gets a chance to enjoy locally sourced, nutritious meals during the week of food festival. See

The Group’s Orso Restaurant and The Castle Café, along with other coffee hotspots such as Filter, Greenwich and The Bookshelf, will be offering coffee drinkers the opportunity to spread their custom during the festival with a (dis)loyalty card that gets you your fifth coffee free at any of the participating cafes. The idea is to sip and support local and get rewarded. To get your (dis)loyalty card, go to any of the participating cafes during the festival.

We are delighted to be participating in this new Cork city centre festival,” said Conrad Howard, head of the Market Lane Group. “This event further shows Cork City Council’s commitment to putting the city’s exceptional food and drink offering at the heart of the visitor experience here.

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