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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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The Cork & Fork pop-up festival returns to Kissing Point Park in Putney for a second year after its successful first year and with its riverside location it provides not only gourmet food, wine and views but plenty of entertainment and some exciting new additions.

This year My Kitchen Rules brothers Josh and Nic charmed the socks off the nation and now they will do the same at Cork & Fork when they give a live cooking demonstration on stage that showcases their culinary skills and classic Italian influence. They'll also have their Fritto & Co food truck for the crowd to enjoy. It brings Italian street food not always found on catering menus.

Cork & Fork Festival, MKR's Josh & Nic, Fritto & Co
MKR's Josh & Nic with food below from their food truck Fritto & Co

Apart from Italian food, gourmet bites from stalls and food trucks bring the cuisines of various countries. Try Satay Brothers with their char-grilled satay chicken in a spicy peanut sauce, Aussie Waroo Lamb, Indian Butter Chicken at Spice Craft, Greek delights at the Greek Style Food Co, Lebanese at Zaitoune, paella at Sofrito and south-east Asian food from Vege4Love.

Sweet treats will come from the likes of Choux Patisserie, The Fudge Shop, Whisked Away Pancakes and Black Toque Patisserie, with gelato from Dolce Bacio Au.

Cork & Fork Festival sweets
Yum & yum

Other artisan products include Molives gourmet olives, cured meats from Goose on the Loose and caramelised balsamic vinegars with figs and spices from Milnes of Mudgee.

Adults can wash all this delicious food down with quality craft beers, cider and premium wines (with $5 tasting glasses available to purchase). Some of the beverage stalls include Savannah Estate Winery, Petersons Wines, Tamburlaine Organic Wines, Riverside Brewing Company, Briar Ridge Vineyard, Bilpin Cider Co, Wollombi Wines and Dryridge Estate. Coffee is also available as are cold drinks for the kids.

Cork & Fork Festival, craft beer, wine, cider
A good variety of alcohol awaits

Enjoy all this nourishment whilst sitting back listening to live entertainment from acoustic soloists Grace Fuller (folk/pop) and Jazzy Myers (indie/pop/roots), as well as blues from Alexandra Younes and Matt Vail Music, jazz from the Serenade Jazz Band, a mix of music (RnB/jazz/funk/retro) from cover band Soul Nights, and more. There's something for all musical tastes.

There's also plenty of fun for children too with Lego building, flower crown making and cooking workshops, face painting, amusement rides, pony rides, inflatables, and more.

Cork & Fork Festival, fun for children
Fun for kids

Kicking off at 11am and finishing at 4pm, entry is free. Unlimited rides can be had for $20 (excluding pony rides which are $7 each). Onsite you'll find an ATM, water refill stations and toilets.

Getting there

A road closure of Waterview Street between Charles & Douglas Streets will exist to allow for additional stall holders this year. Limited parking can be found nearby at Cleaves Park, Putney.

Bus route 507 will run with additional temporary stops & shuttle buses will run to and from Meadowbank train station every 15 minutes.

Kissing Point ferry wharf will operate as per usual.

For further information, visit the website here.
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When: 11am-4pm
Phone: 02 9952 8222
Where: Kissing Point Park, Waterview St, Putney
Cost: Free entry
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