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PHOTOS – Pigtown Urban Food Fest to open this years Pigtown Food & Culture Series

Launching the Pigtown Food & Culture Series opening event Pigtown Urban Food Fest at the Limerick Milk Market were Chloe Harper (7), Annacotty, Edon O’Brien (3), Caherdavin and Charley Harper. (10), Annacotty Limerick. Picture: Alan Place.

Pigtown Urban Food Fest to open this year’s Pigtown Food & Culture Series

Pigtown Urban Food Fest at the Milk Market is the opening event of the Pigtown Food & Culture Series, a two-month long celebration of Limerick’s pig heritage with food, cultural and family events.

Following its enormous success last year, when an unprecedented 6,000 people turned out for the event ran by Limerick Food Group, Urban Food Fest will once again transform the historic Limerick Milk Market into a street food mecca as local producers, market traders, restaurants, and hotels come together for a unique Limerick food event.



The event on the evening of Friday, 1 September will be open to the public with free entry, and a voucher system will be in place to enable guests to purchase €3/€6 plates from various stalls. A number of voucher purchase points will be in place this year to accommodate the queues that turned out for the inaugural event.

Urban Food Fest will create a unique and festive evening atmosphere at the Milk Market that will showcase some of the best food and drink Limerick has to offer. This year, organisers are planning family friendly hours between 5-7pm with alcohol being served after 7 pm for a more grown-up focus.

Inspired by the pig, everything will be local featuring more traditional offerings like Pulled Pork or Ham Hock, to Harper’s ‘capp-pig-chino’ Pigtown coffee and other fun and creative takes on the theme. Savoury stalls will be joined by snack and sweet offerings from local artisan chocolate and confectionery producers (bound to be a big hit with the kids!) There will be a craft corner for the kids too and other entertainment on the evening.

The event is run by the voluntary Limerick Food Group, and a donation from each voucher goes to raise funds to promote Limerick food by holding events such as the Pigtown Food & Culture Series. Full listings can be found at and by following it on facebook, twitter and Instagram.

The Pigtown Urban Food Fest will take place on Friday evening, September 1 at the Milk Market.

To see the full listing of the Pigtown Food & Culture Series click here

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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.