Limerick's 'foodie moment' makes Lonely Planet guide

Maria Flannery

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Maria Flannery

Tommy Relihan, Adare Farm, Jacqueline Conaghan, Mexican Food Dudes, and Simon Woods, Keeper Media, at last year’s food truck festival Picture: Diarmuid Greene

Tommy Relihan, Adare Farm, Jacqueline Conaghan, Mexican Food Dudes, and Simon Woods, Keeper Media, at last year’s food truck festival Picture: Diarmuid Greene

LIMERICK’S blossoming food scene is one of Ireland’s tourism gems according to the latest edition of Lonely Planet.

The travel bible cited the Treaty City’s restaurants, farmers’ markets and street food offerings alongside some of Ireland’s well-loved attractions, including the puffins on Kerry’s Skellig Michael and at Rathlin Island in Antrim, and the heritage sights on Ireland’s Ancient East.

“The city of Limerick is having something of a ‘foodie moment’, with a fine crop of new restaurants, a thriving farmers’ market, and a lunchtime food truck market overlooking the River Shannon,” it said.

Last year, the city of Limerick hosted a number of food-related events, including the biggest food truck festival in Europe, and the World BBQ Championships, both held in the People’s Park.

Pigtown Urban Food Festival at the Milk Market celebrated the city’s long association with the bacon industry.

Limerick is also enjoying a craft beer scene, with city pubs offering locally produced tipples.

But the nation’s trendy drink to make it into the Lonely Planet guide was, in fact, gin.