A COUNTY Limerick festival was a resounding success as a taste of the west was offered to hundreds of fun-loving families at a popular Greenway pit stop.
Limerick SpringFest at the Barnagh Greenway Hub was the latest festival to showcase the rich culture, cuisine and collective spirit within West Limerick’s business community.
Held on Zoom for two years, the five-hour festival was the first opportunity for local producers, vendors, artisans and businesses to present a collective showcase to the general public.
Tom Flavin, chef and food consultant, said the event was organized in association with the West Limerick Food Series to highlight the quality of food and tourist attractions available.
“Today is the first time that some of us will meet,” he told the Limerick frontman, adding that the collaboration demonstrates that “if we all work together we can achieve something fabulous”.
Rows of stalls showcased the best of The Organic College, Rigney’s Farm Free Range, Guiry’s of West Limerick as well as demonstrations from The Painted Pot and Locomotion Bike Rental.
As well as an eclectic mix of the best of the west, SprinFest Limerick featured several guest speakers, craft and food demonstrations and a number of special storytelling events.
Tom said the real meaning of the day was the need to support community businesses.
“It’s about showing what we’ve got because a lot of the time you just don’t know what’s on your doorstep so it’s the start of something really big for Limerick.” he declared.
He highlighted the essential nature of the greenway to towns such as Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale, saying the 40km and growing route was the ‘catalyst’ that brought the whole festival together.
“It just shows how connected we all are. The number of businesses that have exploded because of this and the number of people stopping by here in Barnagh as they pass by is awesome.