Pigtown Culture and Food Series September 2017

Sep 01 Friday 5:00pm OPENING EVENT – ‘Eat Like A Pig’ – URBAN FOOD FEST {Pigtown Edition}

Street food evening event at Limerick Milk Market kicks off the Pigtown Food Series! Stall application forms here: PigtownUFF-app-form

From Sep 01 [all month long] – The Pig-tail Series hosted by Pharmacia

Using local ingredients and infused liquors to create a cocktail selection that embraces the flavours of Limerick, Pharmacia will be hosting a limited time Pig-tail menu celebrating the heritage of Limerick food over the month of September. Combined with this, Pharmacia will host a discussion (DATE TBC) around unique cocktail and food combinations in Limerick.

From Sep 01 [running for 6 weeks] – Gin Pig Dinners at House Limerick

Pigtown Butcher’s Board, also Gin & Pinto pairing as part of the evening menu.

Sep 02 Saturday 11.00am – Milk Market Kitchen presents Chef Tom Flavin

Cooking demo upstairs at the Milk Market Mezzanine with #ThisIsIrishFood Fáilte Ireland Food Champion and Executive Chef Tom Flavin.

Sep 02 Saturday – Limerick Ceramic Artists host ‘A Pig’s Tale’

A ceramic exhibition inspired by Limerick’s legendary pork butchers and the part they played in the city’s economic, cultural and social history. A unique art experience at Limerick’s Milk Market.

Sep 07 Thursday – ‘The Pigtown Smoke’ bbq event at House Limerick

Sep 08 Friday 8:00pm – ‘History of the Meat Industry in Limerick’ by historian Tom Toomey followed by panel discussion with Joe Hayes, Limerick Pork Butcher Society and Ruth Guiry, author Pigtown – A history of Limerick’s Bacon Industry

As part of Elemental Festival, Tom Toomey – local historian and author will give a lecture on the food history of the city – our Pigtown Roots, Ranks and Cleeves factories – their rise and downfall. This will be followed by a panel discussion with Joe Hayes of the Limerick Pork Butcher Society and Ruth Guiry, author of ‘Pigtown – A history of Limerick’s Bacon Industry. Taking place at The Gallery at the Milk Market. Admission free.

Sep 09 Saturday 10:00am – Val’s Food Trail

Pre-booking online essential at www.valskitchen.com

Sep 09 Saturday 11:00am – Milk Market Kitchen presents Garret Landers of Garrett’s Butchers

Nose to tail butchery demo upstairs at the Milk Market Mezzanine.

Sep 09 Saturday 12:00 – ‘Beyond the Pig – Veganism in a Meat Eaters World’

Discussion facilitated by Slow Food Limerick at the Milk Market Mezzanine. Free admission.

Sep 10 Sunday – Ardagh Family Fun Day for Pigtown

Pig on a spit, cinder block pit pig feast, bouncing castles, races, long puck, games, face painting, cake sale and much more family fun taking place at Coolcappagh GAA field.

Sep 10-23 – ‘Pigtown Neighbourhood Pig-nic’ in partnership with Limerick’s Live 95FM ’95 Stop Tour for Limerick kids’

In this busy world it’s hard to find time to meet your neighbour. Why not run a neighbourhood or street pig-nic and invite everyone around to share food and friendship while tossing your spare change into 95fm’s collection for CARI, Neonatal Unit and the Children’s Ark? It’s an easy to run fun and rewarding event for all.

Sep 11 Monday – Food Industry Networking Seminar with LEO & Innovate Limerick

The Local Enterprise Office in conjunction with Innovate Limerick and the Limerick Food Group will hold an Industry Networking Seminar in the South Court Hotel, Raheen from 11am to 3pm. This event aims to provide an opportunity for food businesses in the area to meet, network and learn more about how collaboration and networking together can benefit the whole Limerick food industry. There will be a number of key industry speakers on the day who will share their own personal experiences of how food initiatives and working with other food businesses has positively impacted their business. This will be followed be a chaired Q & A session. A light lunch for attendees will also be served. Registration is now open on www.localenterprise.ie/limerick

Sep 14 Thursday – Limerick Strand Hotel & Garret’s Butchers Cooking Demo

Sep 16 Saturday 11:00am – Milk Market Kitchen presents Caroline Rigney of Rigney’s Farm

Black pudding making demo and workshop upstairs at the Milk Market Food Pavilion.

Sep 22 Friday – CULTURE NIGHT


Celebrating the ‘Pig in the City’ with a parade through the streets. Puppets, pigs, music, dancing, giant balloons and masked piglets – it will be an amazing event. Come along and join in!

Cultured Pig at the Milk Market

The Milk Market will be holding Pigtown themed activities during Culture Night including cooking demos, butchery skills demos, an exhibition of photographs from Limerick Butchers, kids games, pig mask colouring competition. and a range of local street food stalls to feed revellers. Includes ‘Ancient Irish food – what did our ancestors grow, pick and catch?’ lecture and discussion by local author and ethnobotanist Theresa Storey.

‘This Little Piggy Went to Town – The Limerick Food Mile’ Dinner Carriage Tour

A unique culinary experience, reflecting the resilience and passion of the people of Limerick, this is a pig-themed gourmet trip of Limerick restaurants and bars with a course in each premises. Visit the Limerick Strand Hotel, Absolute Hotel, Clayton Hotel and The Savoy Hotel in association with Limerick Carriage Tours… The event kicks-off from 7pm and consists of an exclusive 4-course meal, each course served at a different hotel with each Executive Chef proudly presenting a course consisting of exciting innovative Pigtown-themed locally sourced food, each course will be paired with wine. Limerick Carriage Tours have also come onboard so there’s no need to worry about travelling from one establishment to the other as they shall cart guests between each location on their beautiful horse drawn carriage. As soon as you step aboard the luxurious carriage you will be greeted by your own personal guide to show you around the many wonderful historical sites and beautiful scenery that our proud and majestic city has to offer! The weatherproof carriage comes with warm wool blankets to snuggle into. Timings and details of this unique event are as follows: Group A: Arrival At Strand Hotel at 6:15pm; Group B: Arrival At Strand Hotel at 6:45pm The Limerick Food Mile Evening Package inclusive of the 4 course dinner, wine with each course and transport to each venue costs €49 per person. As this is a unique event places are strictly limited to 20 people. For booking visit: https://sirius.eventmaster.ie/event/BGEc23c8j

Sep 23 Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm – Newcastle West Food Tour with Sharon Noonan of Best Possible Taste

Join Sharon Noonan, presenter of the Best Possible Taste radio show and podcast, on a food tour of her native Newcastle West, Co Limerick. Learn how food has played a role in the history of the town, enjoy tastings of some notable artisan food products and craft beers, attend a sushi making demonstration, visit the iconic Desmond Banqueting Hall and indulge in a lunch prepared using many of the finest ingredients from the locality. €54 per person including lunch and booking fee. Pre-booking online essential, see www.sharonnoonan.com

Sep 24 Sunday 11:00am-1:00pm – Urban Foraging Walk

You don’t need to go to the countryside to forage. Come on one of our Urban Foraging walks to discover the unexpectedly edible wild, feral and ornamental foods there are in the city and its environs. Hosted by The Green Apron. Pre-booking essential at www.thegreenapron.ie

Sep 28 Thursday – Pigtown ‘Nose to Tail’ Wine Pairing Dinner

With Maison Jaffelin at Limerick Strand Hotel.

Sep [DATE TBC] – 5-course Pig-Themed Tasting Menu at Sash Restaurant, No1 Pery Square

No1 Pery Square will be hosting a gourmet evening in celebration of Limerick’s food heritage in Limerick’s historic Georgian quarter. Enjoy a 5-course tasting menu all about the pig inspired by bygone times with a twist from head chef Tim Harris. Each course will be paired with wine, artisan beer and sherry, the new wine! An evening for foodies with a passion for Limerick and all its wonderful history.

Sep [DATE TBC] – ‘Pin the Tail on the Pig’ Art Attack at The Frank McCourt Museum

Visitors to the famous Frank McCourt Museum at Leamy House on Hartstonge Street are invited to take part in the museum’s Art Attack event – taste some fabulous Limerick ham and play ‘pin the tail on the pig’ while exploring this iconic building and its contents.

Sep [DATE TBC] – Farm Visit to O’Brien’s Artisan Farmhouse Cheese, Hazel Cottage Farm

Jim O’Brien will host a visit to his farm in Ballyhahill, West Limerick where he makes his award-winning cheese. Previously a pig farmer for 20 years, Jim now puts his attention towards making a range of especially good cheeses from milk from his own herd. Come and visit the farm, see the herd and the dairy, sample some of the cheeses and hear tales of Jim’s pig farming past.


Taking place over both September and October:

Throughout the Pigtown Series, Limerick Restaurants, Hotels and Bars will be featuring various Pigtown themed dishes and beverages, more details on our Venues page.

Pigtown for Primary Schools

Getting the children interested in our food heritage and culture is so important. We will have posters on the history and traditions of the pig in Limerick food and culture (aimed at 3rd to 6th class), pig mask template and craft ideas for the Pig Parade (for junior infants to 2nd class) and school visits, and are encouraging all primary schools in the region to become involved in the festival.

Milk Market Kitchen, the Milk Market, Saturday Mornings @11am

The autumn series of the popular Saturday Morning cooking demos in the Milk Market Kitchen will include Making Homemade Sauerkraut, Limerick-style Pulled Pork, Preserving the Harvest – All about the Apples, Cooking Wild Food, The Pig ‘from nose to tail’ and Sausage Making. The demonstrations are given by some of our talented local producers, chefs and food writers.

‘On the Pig Screen’

Movie series at Chez le Fab.

Cruinniu Walls ‘Bringing Streetart Home’ 8th July 2017

Cruinniu Walls Limerick Milk Market Exhibition Space Takeover!

DATE/TIME: 8 July at 12:00–16:00

To celebrate the launch of Cruinniu Walls, the collective bring their unique streetart style to the Limerick Milk Market Exhibition Space for ONE DAY ONLY Saturday July 8th from 12 midday to 4 pm.

Cruinniu Wall’s murals will transform the space with a dynamic eclectic spirit. During this unique event, the public are invited to choose their favourite sections of the floor-to-ceiling artwork & street art murals to take away with them, literally ‘bringing streetart home’.

Super affordable ‘art for everyone’! Come celebrate this ONCE OFF EVENT, with the Limerick/DIngle mural art collective! Pop in while you’re at the market Saturday, we look forward to seeing you there 🙂

The exhibition space is located behind Harpers Coffee, sandwiched between Ma’s Kitchen and The Gift Store! Come find us!!

Limerick Food Producers Night

This year we launch the series with a night time Christmas Food Producers evening in the Milk Market which will run in partnership with the Limerick Food Group, a voluntary collection of Limerick people passionate about promoting Limerick Food Produce. The Christmas Market Lights will also be switched from 5pm the 15th December by Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon with a host of festive fun and free entry for all the family to enjoy! Christmas Hampers will be available over the full Ten days from selected Traders.

Transition Year Market 10am to 3pm

Friday 16th December will feature a Christmas Transition Year Enterprise Market in partnership with Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Limerick and an amazing local company WizzKids.ie 10am to 3pm with up to a dozen local schools showcasing the latest in Student innovation projects with prizes for the best product/project team. Also featuring a Primary School Choir from our local St Michaels and many local Craft/Food vendors.

There are three generously sponsored prizes for this event Best Innovation Sponsored by MAST Ireland, Best Student Business Team and Best Student Display with the latter two prizes sponsored by Permanent TSB Limerick. “The students have been participating in the Student Enterprise Programme, which is a national initiative delivered by the LEO Limerick aimed at fostering an entrepreneurial culture among our young people. The Student Christmas Fair will give the students a great opportunity to get in front of real customers and will give the public a chance to bag a bargain!” Heather Supple of LEO Limerick.

Public Notice from “ON THE WILD SIDE recalling batch number 18; Chicken-Liver Pâté 7th May 2016

Public Notice from Food Business Operator 


“ON THE WILD SIDE is recalling batch number 18 Chicken-Liver Pâté ; pack sizes 100g – 140g Chicken-Liver Pâté sold 7th May 2016 at the Milk Market pitch number 12 that subsequently tested positive for listeria. This affected batch will have higher risk factors in consumption by Pregnant Women and Elderly People. If you purchased any of batch number 18, Chicken-Liver Pâté from On The Wild Side the 7th May please return to the Food Business Operator ON THE WILD SIDE pitch number 12 at the Milk Market Saturday 14th May 2016 “

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On the Wild Side

On The Wilde Side Food Recall map

EVA International ‘Still (the) Barbarians’ Opening Party 8pm to late at the Milk Market

This Friday 15 April Join us at Limerick Milk Market for the Opening party for EVA International ‘Still (the) Barbarians’ Opening Party 8pm to late! Food, Music and Bar Service Stricky Over 18s Only.

Performances with

Pádraic E. Moore,

Journal Rappé and

Tracey Rose

EVA International, Limerick’s biannual exhibition of visual arts, will have 57 Irish and international artists participating this year titled ‘Still (the) Barbarians’ curated by Koyo Kouoh


See EVA International http://www.eva.ie/ fir further details 12961354_1199474030062744_8124917418953403404_o


St Patricks and Early Easter at the Milk Market Sponsored by Clareview Citroen

Paddy's Easter colourThe Limerick Milk Market are pleased to be teaming up with Clareview Car Sales and Citroen who are sponsoring a series of free entry, family friendly promotions, events and prize giveaways at the Milk Market from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th March 2016 as part of our St Patricks and Early Easter Celebration weekend. Limerick Smarter Travel who partner with the Milk Market each week offering bicycle repair service stall at the Friday Market in recent months, (Saturday repair coming soon) will also join us outing the positive programmes they are running city wide to promote eco-friendly healthy alternative green travel initiatives available, helping you become more Green this St Patricks weekend and beyond. The nominated Charity for this month’s event is the local charity Limerick Animal Welfare who do amazing work rescuing and rehoming dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and many other animals when they find themselves homeless.

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Christmas at the Milk Market 2015

Christmas at the Milk Market 2015

Christmas at the Milk Market is a long standing feature at the Milk Market with over 160 years of history. While not like many other Christmas Markets; The Milk Market embraces the festive feel while retaining the look and character of our core markets/traders: (Fri/Sat/Sun) with an additional splash of Christmas colour, song, smells, gifts and cheer to the mix along with a full week of trading 17th to 24th December.
The dates for Christmas at the Milk Market this year:
Fri-Sun 4th, 5th, 6th
Fri-Sun 11th, 12th, 13th
Full Week of Christmas 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December 2015

Why not pick up that unique fashion or handcrafted gift for that someone special along with your stocking full of Christmas cuisine and treats while supporting your local producer. It is an excellent opportunity also for Choirs of all kinds to come along and sing Christmas Carols under the beautiful Milk Market Canopy. Christmas Colour in Competition and multiple daily prizes will run in conjunction with our 2015 Christmas partners.
We are very excited about the list of programmes and events brought to you in partnership with multiple community, schools, business and charitable groups at your local friendly Milk Market serving the good people of Limerick Since 1852.

  1. Christmas Lights turning on Friday 4th December by Limerick Mayor Liam Galvin
  2. Limerick Thomond Rotary Club Remembrance Tree at the Milk Market from 4th Dec
  3. UL Architecture (SAUL) and FabLab Calais Aid Limerick Solidarity Dine at the Friday Milk Market 4th December
  4. Serve The City music brigade on multiple dates from 4th Dec with competition prizes
  5. Clareview Motors Promotion team multiple prize giveaways Xmas @ Milk Market who have kindly sponsored the Xmas Lights
  6. Dirty Mudders Calendar sale Saturday 5th December. Friends of the Hunt Musuem, Limerick Racecourse Team, Limerick Animal Welfare and Mid West Simon
  7. Record Fair Sunday 6th part of Chiristmas at th Milk Market 2015
  8. Croagh School of Music Trad session Sunday 6th December 2015
  9. Santa Letter Posting service at Harpers Café the Milk Market from 11th December
  10. Limerick Food Hamper Appeal with the Redemptorists Limerick and School of Music Performance 11th to 13th
  11. Vintage & Handmade Christmas Craft Fair at the Milk Market Sunday 13th December
  12. Christmas Eve Week Thursday Market 17th December 2015 feat. Irish Chamber Orchestra – Sing Out With Strings
  13. Transition Year Market Launch Friday 18th December
  14. Lourdes Charity Cycle Choir Saturday 19th December & St Michaels Choir
  15. MidWest Spina Bifida and Capriccio String Quartet Sunday 20th December
  16. Walking on Cars Live at the Big Top Sunday 20th December
  17. Smart Travel Sponsored Bike Safety and Repair Taster Sessions
  18. Wreaths, holly, decorations and unique Xmas gifts
  19. Taize Choir Wednesday 23rd December
  20. Multiple Christmas Choirs and Carols sponsored by Mari’s Café the Milk Market
  21. Christmas Kids Colour in Competition; templates available by email, schools & onsite
  22. Colourful Stalls/Shops with a festive fest of foods and drinks
  23. Multiple Community Attractions and Choirs 21st to 24th
  24. Fabulous Fashion and Crafty Craft with a Christmas twist
  25. Collection point for your old 1c and 2c coins to serve multiple good causes
  26. Multiple daily raffles and competitions

Festive produce; Minced Pies, Puddings, Christmas Hams Chestnuts, Brandy Butter, Christmas Deserts/Baked Goodies and least not forget some good old sprouts from our seasoned vegetable traders while be at the ready for all to enjoy and savour.
So make sure to call to Christmas at the Milk Market 2015 were everyone is welcome!! Love Your Local Market, Love Limerick Milk Market and Support Local
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For further details please contact

David Fitzgerald

Limerick Milk Market

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