‘Everything but the squeal’ – don’t miss Limerick’s annual Pigtown Festival! 

Now in its seventh consecutive year, Limerick’s food festival with an edge returns this month to the Treaty City and County on Thursday September 21st to Sunday September 24th.

This year’s helping is a weekend of family fun, delicious dining, guided tours, expert demos, and cool collaborations, with the usual dollop of culture and a nod to Limerick’s food heritage of days past.

Inspired by the city’s famous historic bacon industry and the county’s deep-rooted food heritage, the Pigtown Festival is developed by Limerick Food Group with the support of Limerick City and County Council and Failte Ireland. Every year it presents a unique food and culture festival showcasing the quality produce available locally as well as Limerick’s credentials as a food tourism destination.

Thursday 21st September

Starting Thursday 21st September, savour a Whiskey and Charcuterie Tasting Event by Limerick Whiskey Experience, or book your Pigtown Dinner at The French Table as chef/patron Thomas Fialon presents a food and wine evening.

Friday 22nd September

Pigtown always pinks up the streets of Limerick City on Culture Night, and this Friday September 22nd will do that and more! It all kicks off with ‘Grill at The Bedford’ outdoor grill event on Bedford Row discussing Limerick food history with Caroline Rigney. That’s before family fun takes over celebrating Limerick’s unique food heritage as the Pigtown Parade with marching band, characters, costumes, face-painters and porky antics, winds its way from Bedford Row to the Milk Market After-Party where the mobile farm and mask-making will keep little ones enthralled. 

Grown-up festivities on Nicholas Street sees ‘Eat on Treaty Street’ take over, while Sean Nos with Hazey Haze happens in The Parlour at Mothermacs.

Alternatively, book your Pigtown Dinner at a custom menu by Chef Alex Timms for one night only at Sash Restaurant, No1 Pery Square.

Saturday 23rd September

Choose from demos to tours on Saturday 23rd September with Live Coffee Roasting Demos at GUJI coffeebar; live free Cooking Demos at the famous Milk Market with Chef Wade Murphy of 1826 Adare, and Chef Eithne Gavigan of TUS Culinary Arts; or book the Limerick City Food Tour by Olivia O’Sullivan of Limerick Food Tours to lap up Limerick’s food culture like a local in this 2.5hr guided walking tour including tastings; or leave the city behind to enjoy a Farm Tour at Rigney’s Farm including Curraghchase Special lunch. 

Demos continue in the afternoon with Live Butchery Demo by butcher Garrett Landers and chef Tom Flavin at Garrett’s Butchers with tastings from Garrett and Tom’s ‘Cook & Cleaver’ premium meals range. Round off the day with the Taste of Treaty Tour at Treaty City Brewery.

Sunday 24th September

On Sunday 24th September, start the day with the Pigtown Brunch at No1 Pery Square, followed by ‘The Art of Pigtown’ art fair at the Milk Market with ArtLimerick, and ‘What’s on the Menu? Limerick Restaurants 1860-1960’ free guided walking tour by historian Dr Paul O’Brien. Meet the Maker features Chef Keith Pigott at Treaty City Brewery for ‘Fermentorium – The Culture of our Cultures’ where beer is food and food is beer, pairing fantastic fermented foods with fantastic fermented beer. Mother Macs Public House hosts the Porter & Pudding Open Event, or take a jaunt to beautiful Ballingarry and book the annual Pigtown Dinner at the Mustard Seed.

Full listings and booking information is available at pigtown.ie or keep and eye on the Pigtown Festival Limerick digital channels. 

Launching Pigtown Limerick 2023, Culture and Food Series were, Tom Flavin, Cook and Cleaver, Charlie Choplin and Steve Cunneen, Treaty City Brewerey. Picture: Alan Place