“The Secret’s in the Mix!”
That was the message behind a very successful official launch of a new Sligo Food Trail which took place in Sligo City last evening, Wednesday 6th April.
Over the last few years a dynamic and creative team of food producers, foragers, entrepreneurs, restaurateurs and visionary food lovers have continuously endeavoured to develop Sligo’s food offering and now they have combined their talents and products with local tourism providers to put Sligo at the forefront of Food Tourism in the northwest of Ireland.
The new Sligo Food Trail has over 65 members
who range from restaurants, cafes, artisan food producers and suppliers, hotels, guesthouses, festivals and providers of out-door experiences. All of these people have come together and built a comprehensive all round food tourism package in county Sligo.
A new website, a YouTube Channel, a Facebook Page, Instagram and a Twitter account along with a comprehensive brochure have all been launched simultaneously to create an awareness of the new food trail and all that it offers to guests arriving in this Gateway City in the northwest.
Discover the secrets and magic of the brewing process at The White Hag Brewery. Make your own pizza dough, roll it, throw it, top it with your favourite ingredients and cook it in the wood burning oven at Bistro Bianconi.
Herbalist and chef Gaby Wieland and husband Hans will teach you the secrets to finding and identifying many wild foods that grow right on your doorstep and are commonly used for culinary purposes. Dr. Prannie Rhatigan leads walks and talks along the seashore introducing the fascinating world of edible seaweed and how to identify and harvest them.
The most amazing seafood platters, home baking or locally sourced organic produce at Eithna’s by the Sea at Mullaghmore. Farm to Fork dinners at Coopershill House, a stunning Georgian mansion set in 500 acres of farm and woodland. Sea Trails with diver/archaeologist Auriel Robinson are matched with a lunch of freshly harvested mussels cooked on the rocks by one of Trá Bán Restaurant’s expert chefs.
|“The great secret that is Sligo Food is now out!” says Aoife Carrigy from the Irish Food Writers Guild at the launch of
Marc from Seashore Veg leads fun and informative seaweed identification walks where you’ll also enjoy a practical demonstration on how to cook and use sea vegetables. Try your hand at surfing with Strandhill Surf School, enjoy a delicious brunch at Shell’s Café and indulge in a seaweed bath at Voya Seaweed Baths followed by delicious ice cream at Mammy Johnston’s.
|Anthony Gray, Sligo restaurateur and Chairperson of Sligo Food Trail
Stand-up Paddle-Boarding, Kayaking, Canoeing, Archery or Hill Walking on the Ox Mountain from activity provider Wild Wet Adventures. Relax and watch the swans glide down the Garavogue river while enjoying a “beautifully presented, wide choice“ of sweet and savoury afternoon tea delights at Eala Bhán. Join up with Irish speakers of all levels in an informal conversation group every Friday evening in Ósta Café and there’s so much more!
Watch this excellent short video that showcases the new Sligo Food Trail:
Sligo’s premiere location on the Wild Atlantic Way means you can enjoy freshly-caught fish in every local restaurant. Alternatively, indulge your taste buds on Knocknarea Honey, wild Mullaghmore Lobster, Lissadell Oysters and fresh free-range eggs from the foot of Benbulben Mountain.
Whether your touring the Wild Atlantic Way from Cork to Donegal or just getting away for a day or two, you’ll discover that as you drive through County Sligo you’ll witness an outstanding landscape which yields the fresh ingredients that create its exceptional cuisine: the lush green fields under the majestic mountains, the working farms, the rivers, the salmon and the mighty Atlantic Ocean!
Take some time out to stop, discover the people and the places and experience some of the great food and food-connected excursions, day-trips, classes and fun things to do that the new Sligo Food Trail has to offer all over the county!
For more info visit www.SligoFoodTrail.ie
and follow them on Twitter @SligoFoodTrail and