DESPITE cold and wet conditions, thousands of people have thronged the city today for the annual Riverfest barbecue.
Denmark Street and Robert Street were teeming with people as more than 40 teams from charities and businesses across Limerick and further afield took part in what is Ireland’s largest barbecue event.
The traditional sausages and burgers were joined by other, more exotic offerings from entrants including the Limerick Filipino community, Shannon Rugby Club, the Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol, and Limerick Fire and Rescue.
The top prize of €1,000, and a berth at the World Barbecue Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden, went to two chefs, Mark Irwin and John Burns from the Sareva Bistro in Corbally.
They also won a number of other prizes at the competition.
Pat O’Sullivan of the Irish Barbecue Organisation which organised the competition said: “It has been a hectic day. Even though we have had bad weather today, to see the hundreds and hundreds of people come out is wonderful. It is the biggest free food tasting event that we have ever seen here in Limerick.”
Sponsored by Coors Light, the barbecue forms the centrepiece of the annual Riverfest celebration. A continental market is also open at Michael Street, while Denmark Street last night played host to the first annual Soapbox derby.
Tomorrow will see a busking competition taking places in Cruises Street, Denmark Street, Robert Street and Michael Street, while the celebrations will be rounded off with a spectacular firework display at 9.45pm.
For more pictures, and reaction to the Riverfest Barbecue, read the Limerick Chronicle this Tuesday