Limerick’s annual Pigtown Festival returns with a smorgasbord of events celebrating the county’s rich food culture

  • Pigtown Festival Launch with little butchers, Edon and Ollie O’Brien, Cllr. Olivia O’Sullivan, Wigtown Festival and Chef and Food Consultant Tom Flavin, Pigtown Festival. Picture: Alan Place
Pigtown Festival Launch with little butchers, Edon and Ollie O’Brien, Cllr. Olivia O’Sullivan, Pigtown Festival and Chef and Food Consultant Tom Flavin, Pigtown Festival. Picture: Alan Place

Inspired by the city’s famous historic bacon industry and the county’s deep-rooted food heritage, the Pigtown Culture & Food Series - developed by Limerick Food Group with the support of Limerick City & County Council - showcases the sheer quality that Limerick has to offer. This year, Pigtown is also one of the festivals that has been selected for the Global Irish Festival Series initiative by Failte Ireland.

Over the course of three weekends, Pigtown 2022 will offer up a smorgasbord of one-off events and exclusive experiences that will offer locals and visitors to the area a deep-dive into Limerick’s rich and diverse food culture. From Michelin star Pigtown dining experiences to cookery demos with top chefs in the famous Milk Market, historical talks and walks around the city, opportunities to ‘Meet The Makers’, and the return of the popular Pigtown Pig Parade - back for the first time since 2019 - there’s something to suit all tastes and ages.

Commenting on what visitors to the festival can expect, Pigtown’s Olivia O’Sullivan said: “We are delighted to have Pigtown back for its sixth year. This year, we have reinstated events that could not happen during the pandemic so that is particularly exciting for us as organisers. There has been great support for the festival again in Limerick from chefs, restaurants, and cultural organisations, all enthusiastic to get involved and celebrate our food culture and rich food heritage.”

“We are part of the Global Irish Festival Series 2022 this year, and are looking forward to offering visitors to Limerick a multitude of events to choose from. From chef demonstrations in the Milk Market, and street food on King’s Island, to Michelin star dining at Adare Manor, and cultural walks and talks, as well as Meet the Maker collaborations bringing chefs to a farm and a brewery. Plus Pigtown-themed dinners in many restaurants, and lots of family fun topped off with the return of our Pigtown Parade through the city streets on Culture Night.”

The Pigtown Festival 2022 runs from Saturday September 17th to Saturday October 1st. The full schedule of confirmed events and experiences can be found online at www.pigtown.ie.

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