Eat in the City
Culture & Chips is back on Saturday October 14th, 11am-7pm. This year’s theme for the quirky food festival, which celebrates the food heritage and culture of the city, is Eat in the City. In celebrating the city’s food culture it wants to encourage people to eat in the city and experience all that it has to offer. People will be able to experience and enjoy all this in the surroundings of Georgian Limerick as the festival returns to The Crescent, O’Connell St., Limerick
Culture & Chips has something for everyone. Foodies will be able to savour Limerick’s best food with a range of food demos and tastings from a host of Limerick’s restaurants and food producers. Food enthusiasts will be able to delve deeper into the city’s food offerings by taking part in Food Writer and Grower, Val O’Connor’s food trail. The festival guarantees fun for all the family with interactive pumpkin carving demonstrations, cooking demonstrations with Wade Murphy of 1826 and Tim Harris of No.1 Pery Square and even an edible garden.
Culture & Chips plays a big part in boosting local tourism and cultural life of the city in particular Limerick’s food culture. Speaking in the lead up to the festival, Chairperson of the Organising Committee of Culture & Chips 2017, Patricia Roberts of No.1 Pery Square explained:
“Culture & Chips is a food festival, celebrating our food heritage and all that we have to offer in Limerick. It brings a unique mix of food tastings, demonstrations and competitions to celebrate the food culture and food heritage of Limerick. Everyone loves chips and what better way to celebrate our food heritage and culture than with something available to all, the humble spud. With its location the festival also celebrates the Georgian landscape of the city. It is a great opportunity for local food producers and restaurants to showcase their wares to other people who are passionate about their food heritage.”
This year sees the return of the World Chip Championship. If you think you have the best chips, all you have to do is complete the application form available on the Culture & Chips website www.cultureandchips.com. The competition is open to everyone from professional chippers to amateur experts. Judges will select three finalists to take part in a cook off at Culture & Chips 2017 on October 14th for the title of World Chip Champion.
While the main event takes place in The Crescent, O’Connell St a number of fringe events will take place on Thursday 12th, Friday 13th and Sunday 15th October. Have your ever thought how good chips and sherry work together? Come to a Sherry and Fish and Chip Tasting at Sash restaurant, in No.1 Pery Square to find our more from the expert Liam Cabot.
On Sunday 15th October, Canteen will host The Sing Along Social between 11am-2pm, a zero-commitment choir where friends and strangers gather together to sing along to their favourite tunes. Also, on the Sunday No.1. Pery Square will host an Autumn wreath workshop. This workshop will show you how to create your own edible autumnal beauty. And if you fancy some opera and chips why not check out The Countess Salon also on Sunday 15th October!
Food business from across the city and county are being encouraged to take part. Chairperson of the Organising Committee, Patricia Roberts says:
“We would love for local businesses to get on board and help us celebrate and promote our rich food heritage and culture. If you want to showcase why people should ‘Eat in the City’ and be part of this quirkiest, foodie and cultural extravaganza all you have to do is to contact us through www.cultureandchips.com or contact Rose Anne on 086-8283310.”
Culture & Chips 2017 is one of a number of events and festivals taking place in October celebrating Limerick’s food and culture. The World BBQ Championship will take place in the People’s Park, Friday 3th-Sunday 15th October. The Inaugural I.NY festival which celebrates the relationship between Ireland and New York takes place October 5-15th. The Pigtown Food Series, which celebrates Limerick’s food culture and is inspired by Limerick’s bacon industry is hosting numerous events in September and October 2017 in Limerick.