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‘Feed on the Farm’ Pigtown Festival 2019 has an amazing line-up!
The Pigtown Culture & Food Series, which celebrates Limerick’s food culture and heritage, trots out for its third year this September 2019. Inspired by the history of Limerick’s famous bacon industry, it is a programme of themed food and cultural events taking place in various venues in Limerick city and county, starting on Culture Night, September 20th with the popular Pigtown Parade. The Pigtown Festival 2019 is developed by the Limerick Food Group and supported by Limerick City and County Council, LEO, and LIT. The Festival runs until October 25.
To launch this year’s festival, Pigtown organisers, Limerick Food Group, collaborated with New Leaf Urban Farmers to bring a pop-up ‘Feed on the Farm’ event led by chef Keith Pigott of new Adare restaurant Oak and Apple.
The venue was Crokers Farm in Ballyneety where New Leaf’s Kevin Wallace grows all his chemical-free vegetables and herbs. Guests dined directly from the County Limerick farm in a sustainable gourmet feast which also featured a ‘pig in a pit’ reared by John Grisewood of Crokers Farm. John gave guests a tour of the farm on arrival, followed by an introduction to the farm’s honey by John’s brother and beekeeper Paul Grisewood, and Kevin brought the tour around his plots and polytunnels showcasing the impressive Limerick produce he supplies to a number of local businesses.
The zero food miles dinner was the concept of Oak and Apple chef Keith Pigott, also a member of Limerick Food Group and the Pigtown festival committee, who explained the inspiration behind the launch event:
“Pigtown is a celebration of our rich food past but also our rich food present. The ‘Feed on the Farm’ launch event is all about celebrating local food culture, and local people, and the amazing produce we have on our doorstep.
“As a chef, my job is made exciting and easier by great produce. Twice a week Kevin from New Leaf walks through our door in Adare with what can only be described as world-class produce and he creates it here in Ballyneety. Where better to celebrate it than right here on the farm.
“Food brings people together, it creates community and tonight is proof of that. We’re looking forward to more Pigtown events bringing people together and developing the Limerick food community.”
The gourmet menu consisted of a Hakurei Turnips starter butter roasted, pickled and carpaccio served with nasturtium pesto, or, Baby Beets beetroot soup served with barbequed baby beets and sheep’s yoghurt; the main was pit-roasted free-range pork served with that morning’s vegetable harvest; and dessert of baked rhubarb and honey, or spiced courgette cake and honey mascarpone.
90% of the ingredients on the menu were sourced on Crokers Farm with the remaining 10% sourced locally or from a neighbouring county, as an example of the amazing food bounty we have on offer in the Limerick region and demonstrating how we can return to more sustainable food culture.
Other events during the Pigtown festival series include food tours, cookery demos, themed restaurant events, lectures and talks, foraging walks, and a food industry networking event.
The Pigtown Food Series takes place from September 20th 2019 across Limerick.
Events this year include:
– Family fun at the Pigtown Parade on Culture Night (Sep 20th) through the streets of Limerick City followed by after party at the Limerick Milk Market
GUIDED TOURS & WALKS
– Guided food tours with Teacht Linn Tours of the famous Saturday morning farmer’s market at the Limerick Milk Market, meeting stall holders and tasting along the way (Sep 21st, 28, Oct 5th, 12th)
– Guided food heritage tours winding from Limerick’s Georgian Quarter to the market area giving insights into the life of times past (Sep 21st, 28, Oct 5th, 12th)
– The Brewer, Baker & Cheesemaker Tour craft beer trail through six of Limerick’s finest public houses tasting elements of a deconstructed sandwich on the way and finishing up in Bia bistro (Sep 21st)
– Urban Foraging Walk in Limerick City with Theresa Story of The Green Arpon (Sep 22nd)
– #eatinlimerick food and drinks walking tour with Olivia O’Sullivan tasting and sampling at several local stops, finishing up with a tour of Treaty City Brewery (Sep 27th)
– All About IPA talk and tour with Stephen Cunneen at Treaty City Brewery (Sep 28th)
– Free weekly Cookery Demos over four Saturday mornings with chefs Eoin Sheehan (Country Munch), Dominique Majecki (Glenlo Abbey Hotel), Bryan McCarthy (Greenes Restaurant), and Ciara Brennan (Happy Food At Home vegan cooking) (Sep 21st, 28, Oct 5th, 12th)
– Cooking demo with Rachel Allen for Leon’s Lifeline charity campaign (Sep 25th)
– Limerick Food Mile – one evening meal over four venues starting in the Limerick Strand Hotel, taking in Treaty City Brewery, the Green Onion, and No1 Pery Square with executive transport included (Sep 26th)
– The Veggie BBQ six courses, zero miles at New Leaf Urban Farm with Chef Keith Pigott of Oak & Apple Adare (Sep 29th)
– Themed restaurant events including Family piggy picnic on the terrace at No1 Pery Square Hotel (Sep 21st); Foraging & 4-Course Lunch at The East Room Restaurant (Sep 25th) and Food Meets Science 7-Course tasting dinner (Sep 26th); Pigtown Dinner at the Mustard Seed (Oct 10th), Swine & Wine at Limerick Strand Hotel (Oct 25th)
– The Art of Pigtown Fair with 40 artists under the market canopy (Sep 22nd)
– Pigtown FoodWorks industry event sponsored by Limerick LEO (Local Enterprise Office) with guest presentations from the Irish food industry at Fitzgerald’s Woodlands Hotel Adare including lunch at Fielding’s, Limerick’s first organic restaurant with onsite tour of Mary’s Organic Garden
– ‘Queen Victoria & Limerick Ham’ free lunchtime lecture at St Mary’s Cathedral by Limerick Museum’s Dr Matthew Potter
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Bedford Row Family Project 20th Anniversary to celebrate Limerick families
We spoke with Alison Curtain, project administrator of the Bedford Row Family Project. She talks to us about their upcoming three day celebration of twenty years running❤️#ilovelimerick #lovinlimerick #lovelimerick pic.twitter.com/6JaORjWdBw
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The Bedford Row Family Project is celebrating 20 years of supporting families affected by imprisonment. Founded in 1999, the Limerick-City based charity organisation will be holding a three-day celebration to mark the occasion from the September 25 to September 27.
The Bedford Row Family Project supports families of prisoners, both when they are in and out of prison and have had significant success in turning around the lives of people who are involved with crime and drugs, many of whom have struggled most of their lives.
They work with all generations, from new-born babies to the elderly to try and break the cycle of involvement in crime. They work heavily with children and teenagers who are at risk of dropping out of school and encourage the senior generation to act as a fount of wisdom and experience within their family.
They have specialized social workers and therapists to provide support for both men and women, along with a kids club for children from families who are or have been in prison.
The men’s club meets every Friday and gets involved in a number of creative activities, such as cooking and painting. They recently designed a bench, decorated with beautiful colours and sea-shells, to present to St. Michael’s school.
Tracie Tobin, Chairperson of the Bedford Row family project and principal of St. Michael’s infant school, said, “It’s a fantastic project that benefits the whole community. It’s not just a particular part of the community but it’s all the community together. It’s the children, it’s the parents, it’s the extended family, it’s prisoners in Limerick prison and I think that’s really important to have a cohesive approach”.
The organisation was founded by the Sisters of Mercy and the Franciscan Friars, and have been funded by the Mercy Sisters ever since. The Irish Prison Service came on board with funding in 2002, along with the Limerick City and County Council in 2009.
TÚSLA fund counselling and play therapy for children and they also have had support from trusts, foundations, religious communities, academic institutions and other benefactors over the years.
The @BedfordRowProj is celebrating 20 years of supporting families affected by imprisonment. The celebration to mark the occasion from the September 25 to September 27.@LimerickIT
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In recent years, Bedford Row has opened up a clinic in Clare to offer the same services for families there and have also launched a project that engages with the Travelling Community.
The first day marking the anniversary will be Wednesday, September 25 with a formal gathering of funders, board members old and new and guests from other projects in the community.
This will be followed by an open mic session and poetry reading the next day on Thursday, September 26 with the theme being ‘Anxiety’. This will be followed by an evening workshop with Aries (HSE) on tools for living with anxiety.
The final day will be Friday, September 27 which will kick off with a tea party for all service users and will finish off with a walk from the new bridge to Sarsfield Bridge, symbolising that Bedford Row is the bridge between the family member on the inside and the family member on the outside. This walk is open to the public and will follow the theme of #couragetochange.
Ger Lynch is a Bedford Row Family project service-user who struggled in his past with drugs and crime, first trying heroin when he was 18 years old. Now, he is a reformed addict studying in the University of Limerick who promotes drug awareness and support across Limerick City and was awarded Limerick Person of the Month October 2018 for his work. He credits his amazing recovery to all the Limerick organisations that helped him, in particular, the Bedford Row Family Project.
Ger said, “They’ve helped me through my hard times, having been in prison myself, having been through addiction. I get my therapy here in Bedford Row, it gives me a place to speak to somebody so I know I’m not alone”.
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