Limerick will be the centre for the culinary world this June Bank Holiday (1st to 5th June 2017) as the European Food Truck Festival rolls in to town.
The Limerick International Food Truck Festival is the first dedicated festival of its kind to take place in Ireland and will be based in the city centre in the beautiful surroundings of the People’s Park.
Limerick is one of only five locations for the European Food Truck Festival in 2017. The others are Brussels, Riga, Dijon and Bologna.
Food trucks from 14 countries will be taking part in the festival along with local and national traders, offering festival goers some of the most appetising, innovative, original and exotic foods imaginable with a new twist on some old classics like pizza, pasta, fries and gourmet sandwiches along with many never before seen dishes on Irish shores.
Highlights will include a Belgian artisan chocolate truck, preparing some spectacular chocolate dishes from scratch, a lobster burger truck and ones serving shark and crocodile treats with even a truck specialising in insect dishes as well as tasty dishes from oriental, American, French, Mexican, BBQ trucks and much more.
The Limerick International Food Truck Festival will also feature live music every day during the festival and a selection of great craft beers on offer as well as lots of family fun entertainment including a vintage carnival.
Alan Woods, President of the Food Truck Association of Ireland, and co-owner of Mexican Food Dudes, who led the campaign to get the festival to Limerick, said: “Since we announced the festival we have been getting mails and messages from all over the country and across Europe. From what I can gather most hotels are pretty full with limited availability.”
“This weekend is the culmination of a year’s hard work. It’s the first year of the event and the buzz around the city is very good. There has been a lot of interest in it across the board. Limerick City and County Council has been really instrumental in helping to get this festival off the ground.”
“I’m thrilled my dream, albeit a crazy dream, is being realised for Ireland to have a street food festival. It’s an important industry with a large purchasing power which cannot be ignored. Food trucks tend to shop local which will benefit us all. All around Europe we see the benefit of food trucks to cities. The public is warming to it more and more. It’s good quality street food, not fast food. It’s artisan food.”
Darragh Ryan from Limerick City and County Council said: “We’re delighted to be able to help facilitate the Limerick International Food Truck Festival. Following on from the success of the Summer Street Food initiative along the boardwalk in the heart of the city, we know there is a local market and appetite for this. We are very happy with the reception from across Ireland and further afield to what will be a unique occasion.”
“We are expected around 40,000 people over the weekend, to sample the culinary fare but also to stop and enjoy what Limerick has to offer for visitors.”
For updates on the Limerick International Food Truck festival, please visit www.Limerick.ie/
Check out how Brussels did it here: