Street food market a big hit on Limerick's quays

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Street food market a big hit on Limerick's quays

Aoibhinn Fitzgerald and Olivia Smiddy enjoying the market in the city Picture: Alan Place/Fusionshooters

ANOTHER new Limerick council initiative, this time offering street food by the river, was launched in the city this Wednesday.

Limerick has set out its stall to become an Irish street food capital following the launch of the project on the Harvey’s Quay boardwalk.

Limerick Street Food has been officially unveiled to the public as ten purveyors of alfresco foods took over and added further colour, not to mind mouth-watering tastes, to the sun-kissed boardwalk from late morning until late afternoon.

Some of the world’s best loved street-foods were on offer including Thai food, hot dogs, falafels, crepes, wheat grass and other juices, salads, humus, and coffee.

Harvey’s Quay, the council hopes, will become a Mecca for foodies on Wednesdays between 11am and 4pm, and it is hoped to extend the scheme to other week days.

Mayor Liam Galvin was on hand to launch the initiative, and he said: “We have an incredible food heritage here in Limerick, with a long-held tradition of outstanding restaurants and produce from the heart of the Golden Vale that really has few if any rivals in terms of quality anywhere in the world.”

Given this, he added: “It’s only right we would develop ‘Limerick Street Food’.

“The boardwalk here at Harvey’s Quay is a superb facility and on days like today, with the sun shining, there’s hardly a nicer location in Ireland to do some alfresco dining.”

One of the operators at the street food market, Owen Pattarakulchok, Khing Thai Resturant in Glentworth Street, said: “It’s a great idea. Street food is very big business in Thailand and is growing across the world and there are many other cuisines represented. The more the merrier.” 

It is hoped to extend the number of stalls from ten to 15 in a short space of time.