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Sligo Food Trail celebrates 5 Years with a super Calendar of Online Events

Sligo Food Trail are celebrating their fifth birthday with taste and in trademark style, launching a commemorative video entitled “A tasty trip around five years of Sligo Food Trail” as well as a series of exciting online events showcasing some of the talented members. It’s grown to become a strong and vibrant network which has put the north-western county firmly on the food map. It’s quite a milestone for the network which began in 2016 and has matured into one of the best recognised food networks in the country.

Cllr. Marie Casserly, Chair Sligo Food Trail said, “I’m so proud of all that Sligo Food Trail has achieved. Over the five years it has put Sligo firmly on the map in terms of food and drink, drawing national and international attention to our county. The strength of a network like this and the power of the collective working as a group is really visible”.

The new video, will be released online to kickstart celebrations, is voiced-over by Aoife Carrigy, Chair of the Irish Food Writers Guild, who was guest speaker at the official launch of Sligo Food Trail, in The Model, Sligo, back in 2016. It’s a real trip down memory lane, featuring showcase events like the Harvest Feasts and the special Sligo ‘chew chew’ train that brought media on a culinary journey from Dublin to Sligo town. Taste The Island, networking events, several series of videos and the Irish Food Writers Guild visit are all remembered in glorious technicolour. 

Members of Sligo Food Trail and media celebrating Sligo Food on the special train event

Everyone is invited to join in an appetising series of online food and drink events. The tastings, demonstrations, recipes and Zoom events will run from Tuesday 4th – Friday 14th May showcasing some of Sligo Food Trail’s talented members. Try a tasting, learn tips and techniques from the experts, and marvel at the breath-taking showstopper created by one very talented chef.

Events Calendar:

  • Thursday 6th May - Grainne Gilmartin from Sligo Wellness Centre focusses on cooking for teenagers in her live Zoom event ‘Teenage Brains’.
  • Friday 7th May - It’s the ice cream man - Neil Byrne from Mammy Johnston’s in Strandhill. ‘Creptastic facts and ice cream trivia’ will be entertaining and educational in equal measure.  
  • Saturday 8th May - Anthony Gray, owner of EalaBhán and Hooked Restaurants, takes to the stage, demonstrating a delicious “DIY Smashed Burger” recipe. 
  • Sunday 9th May - “Aw Shucks” is the intriguing title of a demonstration where Aisling Kelly of Sligo Oyster Experience shows everyone three ways to serve the delicious bivalves. 
  • Tuesday 11th May - The seaweed queen herself, Prannie Rhatigan (Irish Seaweed Kitchen) presents ‘Seaweed the Superfood’, introducing everyone to cooking with seaweed, making seaweed pesto and even a seaweed smoothie. 
  • Wednesday 12th May - ‘Brew Coffee with Carrow’, is a Zoom event with Andrew Willis of Carrow Coffee inviting everyone to join in as he talks about their new Peruvian coffee 'Alberca' while brewing with an aeropress. You can purchase some in advance if you’d like to brew along with him. 
  • Thursday 13th May - Dave Raethorne and Ollie Alcorn (head distiller) of Lough Gill Distillery present a virtual tour of their distillery in Hazelwood combined with an Athrú Whiskey tasting. 

The finale of the celebrations is entitled ‘Pure Poetry in Chocolate’, by executive chef Alan Fitzmaurice from the Glasshouse Hotel. Alan will be drawing together the very best of local food and ingredients from the Sligo Food Trail producers and inspired by the landscape and beaches, to create a floral-style centrepiece, fit to grace the finest dining table in the land! 

Registration is required for the live events and I'm told that the website almost crashed on the first day with bookings, so register your place at Today!!!

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