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4 more events for Pigtown 2021 festival line-up



Pigtown 2021 – Pictured are Theresa Storey, Ciara Brennan (top), Stephen Cunnen from Treaty Brewery and Valerie O’Connor (bottom)

4 more events for Pigtown 2021 festival line-up

Limerick’s Pigtown festival has announced four more events to the festival line-up to add to the cookery demos, markets, dining, and family fun at Pigtown 2021.

Developed by Limerick Food Group and supported by Limerick City and County Council, this is the fifth year of the Pigtown Food and Culture Series. It is taking place between Friday, September 16 and Sunday, October 31 across Limerick city and county, to celebrate Limerick’s food culture, local food producers, and famous food heritage.

Why Pigtown?

With four large bacon factories operating in the heart of Limerick city, the pig played a vital role in Limerick’s economic and social life from the early 1800’s until the last factory closed in the 1980s. O’Mara’s, Matterson’s, Denny’s and Shaw’s (later Clover meats) built an international reputation for Limerick ham and bacon and provided employment for thousands of families linking the city and the surrounding county in the production of bacon products.

As a result of our bacon factories, Limerick Ham held a huge international reputation and was famously insisted on by Queen Victoria for her Christmas dinner and so made it a custom throughout the English speaking world.

The Pigtown Culture & Food Series is a celebration of Limerick’s historic relationship with the pig and our deep-rooted food heritage.

Organisers are urging people attending any of the Pigtown 2021 events to please follow all Covid-19 protocols in place at each venue for the safety of all.

Sunday, Sept 19: Harvesting the Hedgegrows Walk and Talk

Botanist and author Theresa Storey will lead a ‘Harvesting the Hedgerows’ walk and talk from 11am. Explore the foods of our native hedgerow and learn what is available, and when, and how to forage responsibly and safely. Cost €35.00 per person, duration 2 hours approx.

Wednesday, Sept 22: Beyond The Pig – Plant-based Alternatives

Chef Ciara Brennan of Happy Food at Home will host ‘Beyond the Pig’ online class, showing how to cook plant-based alternatives to some favourite pork dishes. The class will include live demos, zoom recording and plant-based alternative recipes for: “Chorizo” and rice pilaf, the best “BLT” triple decker sandwich, and a back to school one pot “stew” with horseradish dumplings. The class costs €20.00.

Friday, Sept 24 and Friday Oct 8: Pigtown Treaty Tours

Stephen Cunneen of Treaty City Brewery is holding exclusive Pigtown Treaty Tours of his brewery on Nicholas Street in Limerick’s Medieval Quarter on September 24th and October 8th. Enjoy a tour of an artisan craft brewery located in a historical building dating back 250 years. Hear all about Limerick’s piggy past and how it influences our brewing today. Guests will experience a working brewery and see beer being brewed while learning about the history of brewing in Limerick which dates back to the 1700’s and how our geography, our culture and our fine produce all contributed to the name ‘Limerick’ being synonymous with fine food.

An experienced Master Brewer will explain the process and ingredients used to create Treaty City Brewery’s craft beer. Enjoy a complimentary beer tasting as part of your tour with seasonal beers paired with local artisan cheese. Your beer flight will include three Treaty City brews and a sample of each of the cheeses.

The tour starts at 4pm and takes approx. one-hour duration. Cost just €21.00 per person. Over 18s only.

Saturday, Oct 9: Introduction to Fermentation

Boost your immune system for the winter with fermented food. Join Food Writer and ‘Fermentalist’ Valerie O’Connor in a two-hour online class where you can learn the basics of home fermentation. From sauerkraut to Kimchi, kefir and pickled vegetables. 11am to 1pm. Cost €45.00

Staycation In Limerick 

For the duration of the festival, No1 Pery Square Hotel and the Limerick Strand Hotel are offering Pigtown staycation packages with lots of local food offerings.

For full details on this year’s festival programme and booking links to the dining events go HERE 

For more stories on Pigtown, go HERE 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.