Participants of the West Limerick Food Series have announced that the inaugural family friendly Limerick SpringFest will take place on Wednesday 6th April from 1.00pm – 6.00pm at the Barnagh Greenway Hub outside Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.
The festival is a collaboration of local chefs, artisan producers and food enthusiasts and the culmination of the second phase of the West Limerick Food Series – a comprehensive networking and training programme designed to inspire and develop the food sector and food tourism industry by fostering collaboration between businesses in the region.
Barnagh is part of the Limerick Greenway, a 40km-long walking and cycling route which opened last summer. The route connects Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale along the former Limerick to Kerry railway line.
Entry to Limerick SpringFest is free of charge and tickets can be booked in advance online via Eventbrite.
From 1.00pm to 6.00pm there will be a street food market and craft fayre showcasing West Limerick food, drinks and hospitality. There will also be a seanchaí telling the tale of Spiorad Na mBarna along with cookery demonstrations by some of the region’s top chefs – namely Mike Tweedie of the Michelin-starred The Oak Room at Adare Manor, and 1826 Adare’s Wade Murphy) – guest speakers, and craft making sessions throughout the afternoon.
A free-range rare breed local pig from Rigney’s Farm in Stonehall, Co. Limerick will be cooked on a spit and available to taste on the day as well as plant-based specialities from Ciara Brennan of Happy Food At Home. Caroline Rigney of Rigney’s Farm will be serving her own homemade Bacon & Barley Broth from the cauldron on her fire pit, where she will also be making soda farls fresh to order.
From 5pm onwards Platform 22 (the restaurant at Barnagh Greenway Hub) will play host to a ticketed event (€50 per person), where some of West Limerick’s best chefs will be cooking and serving a range of snacks (called Cúrsaí) that showcase the region’s produce. Tickets can be booked here.
Commenting on the launch of the inaugural Limerick SpringFest, Owner of Platform 22 and participant of the West Limerick Food Series, Olive Sheehan, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the West Limerick Food Series showcase, West Limerick has so much to offer, just look at the line up.”