In these days of slick marketing and contrived brand development, it’s refreshing to see someone whose brand, quite literally, is himself. Such is the case with Dale Barber, a straight talking Australian whose no frills pub bears the truly iconic name of The Swagman.
Raise a glass to The Draft House and Harrisons who are both finalists in the Sky Bar of the Year Awards. Both reached the finals of the Gastro Pub of the Year category and The Draft House is also in for an Outstanding Customer Service award.
Talking to Des Faul, it’s clear he’s a man who wears his heart on his sleeve – and that heart has “Sligo” written large all over it. As the current President of Sligo Chamber of Commerce and past Chairman of Sligo Tidy Towns, he does admit that his volunteer workload can be quite heavy. At the same time Des is the proprietor of Café Fleur on O’Connell Street.
Ósta Café and Wine Bar are certainly keeping it local this summer with their 15 Mile Menu. It does just what it says on the tin – all the ingredients come from within a 15 mile radius of the café. This is a great chance for locals and visitors alike to taste real local and seasonal food at a cost of just €15.
Joe Kearns cuts a cool figure with his dark beard and laid back attitude; he also has the job half the college students in Ireland dream of –Master Brewer at a craft brewery. It is the stuff of dreams, but for Joe it’s a reality and one he absolutely loves.
Sligo Food Trail is delighted to announce they have been selected as one of the top ten finalists in the ‘Foodie Destinations’ competition 2017. The competition is run by The Restaurants Association of Ireland and aims to celebrate Ireland’s unique and wonderful food offerings and to encourage local food tourism initiatives across the country.
Sometimes life takes you on a journey that brings you neatly back where you started, seemly immune to ‘the best laid plans’ as the poet Burns put it. This has been the case for Aisling Kelly who after years studying and working abroad, finds herself back in the premises she lived above as a child, running a café in what was for years the family pub, The Punchbowl.
Sligo is simply bursting at the seams with delicious food and interesting activities. Sligo Food Trail has cleverly packaged some of the best as Food Experiences and introduce some new ones in this 16 page A5 brochure. Over 30 Experiences are highlighted in this information packed brochure which also contains a bespoke map. All include full contact details and prices. The Food Experiences brochure is available from all 70+ members and in Tourist Information Offices.
Warm, charming and accomplished, Christina O’Hara is the epitome of a welcoming hostess. The fact that she effortlessly runs a quality kitchen almost single handed while doing a hundred things besides is all in a day’s work for her.
80,000 visitors are expected to descend on Galway this weekend for SeaFest, the national maritime festival. Sligo Food Trail will be well represented with our very own Seaweed Queen, Dr. Prannie Rhatigan.