THE Milk Market will be a heady mix of food, music and charity this Friday as it marks Culture Night in its own special way.
A special ‘Culture Market’ is going to run at the venue, with one of the main events being a ‘charity face-off’ between four Limerick charities.
Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol, Limerick Animal Welfare, Limerick Red Cross and Blood Bike Mid-West will compete in a bid to raise the most funds from bucket collections.
The winners will get an extra donation from the proceeds of a photographic competition being run in the market.
Named ‘Love your Local Market’, members of the public will be invited to photograph their favourite spot in the Milk Market.
It will be printed and judged live on the night with the winners being announced by 8pm.
Market manager David Fitzgerald said: “We thought we would run an open house for people. Let them taste the food, enjoy the music, admire the lovely paintings and see what Limerick can offer and support the causes.”
As well as the charity face-off, there will be a cooking demonstration with chefs Tom Flavin and Valerie O’Connor, while music will come from Mick Dunne, playing his uilleann pipes, while the Lissenhall Harp Ensemble will also perform.
The regular Friday market will also take place.
David said they had decided to support the four charities as it was felt the market had not supported them in particular in a while.
Suzanne Lynch, who manages the Limerick Animal Welfare shop said: “It means an awful lot to us. At the moment, we are really snowed under. There are so many animals at the moment, and any help we can get is super.”