Mayor of Cork Cllr Danny Collins; Noreen Healy of Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland and Strudel; Robert Harkin, President of the Munster Agricultural Society and; Sharon Corcoran; Director of Services of Economic Development, Enterprise and Tourism Directorate, Cork County Council; at the launch of Cork Summer Show 2023 at Bealick Mill, Macroom. Photo: Jim Rocks Photography

Summer’s really been launched

One of the great traditional events of the summer has been launched and it’s set to be bigger than ever!

Summer's in the air and the Cork Summer Show 2023 is set to take place on 17 and 18 June at Cork Show Grounds, Curraheen Road. It will be a weekend of fun and entertainment for the whole family and an opportunity to explore our rich food and agricultural heritage.

This year, together with all the traditional competitions, there are no less than twenty themed zones, spanning everything from music and entertainment to kids’ activities, to dogs, pets and small animals, health and wellness, lifestyle events, art, craft and baking, to horses and equestrian activities, farm animals. There’s even a vintage motors and tractors and agricultural equipment section.

The show also features a huge market, and the Food Village - the largest outdoor food fare in Munster, bringing together some of the very best of our food culture, chef demos and an opportunity to meet with food producers. There are a hundred picnic tables, where you can enjoy the very best that Cork and Munster have to offer, as well as a full, on-site bar.

This year’s show also features an Enterprise Zone, sponsored by the Cork City and County Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) featuring a range of local start-ups and microbusinesses and information about support services available to entrepreneurs.

Sustainability is at the heart of this year’s show, with a strong focus on the philosophy of reduce, reuse and recycle. Throughout the weekend, bins will be provided to ensure proper segregation of waste. Visitors to the show are encouraged to bring their own reusable coffee cup and reusable water bottle.

A mobile hydration unit will be available to enable visitors to refill their water bottle, supported by Cork County Council. All the food trucks at the event will also use only eco-friendly packaging.

Cork County Council is the lead sponsor of the Cork Summer Show 2023 and will be present, with a marquee where you can explore the wide range of services provided by and supported by local government.

Mayor of Cork Cllr Danny Collins said: “It is both an honour and a privilege for Cork County Council and myself, as County Mayor, to support the Cork Summer Show. From the first show in 1806, the show has become a highlight in our summer schedule. Whether it’s your first time or you come every year, I can promise you there is something there for everyone, from food to agriculture to live music and entertainment. Be sure and save the date and join us for what promises to be a jam-packed weekend.”

Robert Harkin, Chairman of Munster Agricultural Society said: “Local government plays a very important role in all our communities - supporting local infrastructure, economic development, agriculture, tourism and environmental projects across the county.

“The Cork Summer Show is at the heart of the county Cork community and has been a highlight of the summer and a showcase of the very best of Cork for more than two centuries. We would like to thank Cork County Council for supporting us and helping to ensure that the Cork Summer Show continues to grow and evolve with our community.”