Limerick event a celebration of musical and culinary culture

Fintan Walsh


Fintan Walsh

Limerick event a celebration of musical and culinary culture

Admiring an array of baked goods, top, are Rory O'Callaghan, 7 and Seamus O'Callaghan, 5, Raheen Picture: Alan Place

THOUSANDS of hungry food enthusiasts and music lovers filled the Milk Market as part of an exclusive combination of cultural events last Thursday evening.

From 6pm to 10pm, two inaugural events coincided with each other – the Limerick Lady Festival and the Urban Food Festival. 

The Urban Food Festival saw a score of food stalls of varying international cuisine and dietary preferences; from Italian, Asian, Mexican, BBQ, vegan and vegetarian, to baked goods and beer. 

It is the first large event organised by the Limerick Food Group, a volunary group working to promote local food.

Organsier Olivia O’Sullivan said that they were “overwhelmed” by the response. Guests purchased tokens for currency at the event, with €15 covering five tokens worth €3 each. Ms O’Sullivan said that tokens and stalls’ supplies were minimal to none by the close of business. 

“It was simply amazing, and it shows that if you hold the right food event, people will turn up. It will be the first of many [events] to come.”

While the thousands scoffed and munched on the assortment of food on offer, the Limerick Lady music and arts festival was also taking place, which was organised by local singer-songwriter Emma Langford.

The only all-female festival to take place in Ireland included eight local and national acts. Ms Langford, who released her debut EP over the weekend, said: “I'm so happy with the response to the event. The sheer volume of people, of all ages, men and women, who came to me throughout the night asking if we would make this an annual event was so encouraging.

"It really warmed my heart too to see the small girls perched in the front row looking up, literally, to the female performers who entertained the masses all night long.”