Food Experiences 2017-09-27T13:36:17+00:00

Craft Beer Tour at Whitehag

Whitehag Brewery, Ballymote

Discover the secrets and magic of the brewing process at The White Hag Brewery. Discover how they have updated ancient and local recipes to make world class craft beers. Can you taste the natural ingredients behind these flavoursome brews? Hand harvested heather from the renowned Benbulben Mountain, peat from the depths of local hallowed bogs, magical water from Lough Talt and powerful Irish oatmeal all contribute to the distinction and strength of character that The White Hag stands for. The White Hag Brewery Tour offers a step by step tour of the brewing process and of course tastings of these quality craft beers. The tour lasts one to one and a half hours. It can be booked by appointment or join one of our tour days.

Price: €15 per person

Free Kids Pizza Making Lessons

Bistro Bianconi, Sligo Town

Great fun for the kids! Give them the chance to make their own pizza dough, roll it, throw it, top it with their favourite ingredients, cook it in our wood burning oven and best of all, EAT IT!
Our expert pizza chefs have great fun when children come in to learn the tricks of our trade and create great memories. In 2015, a family from Naples visited Bistro Bianconi. Their two young children gave our chefs a run for their money! At age 6 and 9, it was fantastic to see children with such a love for food and cooking. They inspired us and reminded us of the reason why we have such passion for pizzas!

Foraging Adventure with Neantóg

Doorly Park, Sligo and The Horseshoe Valley

Come on a walk with herbalist and chef Gaby Wieland and find and identify many wild foods that grow right on your doorstep: from Nettles and Sorrel to Cleavers and Hogweed, from leaves and flowers to berries and roots. Learn how nutritious these foraged foods are and how to use them. Stinging Nettle e.g. is higher in protein and Vitamin C than spinach or Brussels sprouts, great in soups and herbal teas.
There will be tastings and recipes at the end of the walk.

Walks can be arranged on request for groups, group rates available.

12-18 Year Old €5, Under 12 Free
Dates: www.sligofoodtrail.ie & www.neantog.com

Booking: Call Gaby on 087 9029893

The Coney Island Experience

with Dr. Prannie Rhatigan

Seaweed is being touted as the new superfood – now learn to harvest your own! All age groups will enjoy this culinary adventure to Coney Island starting and finishing at Trá Bán Restaurant in Strandhill. First Dr. Prannie Rhatigan leads a walk and talk along the seashore introducing the fascinating world of edible seaweed and how to identify and harvest them. With appetites well whetted, join Anthony Gray of award winning Trá Bán Restaurant for a delicious lunch of local Lissadell mussels cooked on an open fire. This is always a sell out event and is championed by John and Sally McKenna amongst others. Wear strong shoes and bring rain gear, just in case.

Price: €30 (Children €15)
Dates are subject to tides.

Booking: Call Prannie on 086 8484876

Farm to Fork with Dinner & Overnight Stay

Coopershill, Riverstown

A wonderful opportunity to stay in this glorious Georgian mansion and enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the deer farm. Coopershill is a stunning ‘great house’ set in 500 acres of farm and woodland in beautiful rural Sligo. This special offer includes afternoon tea, a four course dinner, an overnight stay in one of the sumptuous bedrooms, all topped off with a breakfast cooked to order. What more could you ask for? Well, a personal tour of the Coopershill deer pastures perhaps. The menu at Coopershill changes daily dictated by the seasonal cornucopia from their own vegetable and fruit gardens. Unsurprisingly the O’Hara’s delicious award winning venison features regularly, no wonder it received a coveted Irish Food Writers Guild Award.

Price: €199 per person.
Dates: Year Round

Booking: 071 9165108

Ireland’s Earliest Takeaway: A Sea Trail with Shellfish & Sea Shells

Strandhill, Co. Sligo

Experienced archaeologist Auriel Robinson is your guide on this walking trail which culminates in a very traditional lunch. Learn about the archaeology, geology, flora and fauna of this ancient landscape which hides so many secrets and treasures. You will be amazed at what is revealed on this leisurely, informative walk. The sea trail ends at beautiful Culleenamore Strand which is also a seal sanctuary, so keep your eyes peeled and cameras at the ready. Culleenamore is said to have the oldest oysterbeds in the country and features shell or kitchen middens dating back to prehistoric times. These middens are the discarded remains of our ancestors’ shellfish feasts, and we will enjoy something very similar. Freshly harvested mussels will be cooked for us on the rocks by one of Trá Bán Restaurant’s expert chefs. You can quite literally dine as your ancestors did, in exactly the same place. If it is raining, the walk will still go ahead and we will dine indoors in Trá Bán Restaurant, Strandhill. The experience is seasonal.

Price: €35 (Children €10)
Dates: www.sligofoodtrail.ie

Booking: Call Auriel from Seatrails on
087 2405071

Strandhill Adventure Foodie & Chill Package

Award winning businesses in Strandhill have come together with a very unique adventure foodie and chill voucher to showcase what magical Strandhill has to offer. Start your experience by dropping off your bags at Strandhill Lodge and Suites, 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. Then its boots on for a guided walk with maritime archaeologist Auriel Robinson from Seatrails. Followed by early bird meal at multi award winning Trá Bán Restaurant overlooking the bay and aperitifs at The Strand Bar. Finish the night off with music, craic and pulling pints of your very own black stuff, carefully guided by one of the owners at The Stand Bar! The experience can be tailored to your requirements, just contact us for details on 071-9128402.

Price: €199 pps
Dates: Year Round.

Special Offers

Mention Sligo Food Trails Walking Tour in any of the following establishments to avail of some very special offers.

Afternoon Tea at Eala Bhán:

  • Relax and watch the swans glide down the Garavogue river while enjoying a “beautifully presented, wide choice“ of sweet and savoury afternoon tea delights – soup, sandwiches, bagels, macaroons, scones, chocolates…€24.95 per person.
  • Runs from Thursday to Saturday 12-3p.m. Booking is essential on 071 9145823.

Ósta Café & Wine Bar

  • Visit Ósta to Go along the riverside for a Walkers Special: A takeaway coffee and homemade bar, €2.50 per person.
  • Walkers lunch special at Ósta Café & Wine Bar: Relax and unwind after taking in the sights of Sligo with lunch, dessert and tea/coffee special for €10 per person. Offering homemade lemonade or hot chocolate, perfect for little ones.

Appetite for Adventure on Lough Talt

Here’s a fabulous opportunity to take to the beautiful, tranquil waters of Lough Talt in South Sligo and learn a new sporting activity at the same time. Choose from this fantastic range of activities: Stand up Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Canoeing, Archery, or Hill Walking in the Ox Mountain from activity provider Wild Wet Adventures. The water sports last 90 mins on the water and includes all equipment with a fully qualified instructor. Finish off an active morning with a well-earned two course lunch plus tea/coffee at Cawley’s in Tubbercurry, the promise of a delicious meal in relaxing surroundings. Min: 4 people. Advance booking essential. Availability: all year round. Overnight packages available.

Booking: Call 071 9185025
or visit www.cawleysguesthouse.ie

Temple House Farm Experience

Temple House is set amidst the idyllic surroundings of a 1,000 acre estate overlooking the lakeside castle of the Knights Templar and home to the Perceval family since 1665. Roderick and Helena are proud recipients of Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Guide Country House of the Year 2016 and Best Breakfast in a Country House 2016.
Enjoy a relaxed two nights B&B and one dinner for two people. Superior Double Room with a FREE upgrade to a Superior Lake View Double, subject to availability. Put on the wellies, which can be provided, and check the sheep with the expert guidance of an experience shepherd.

Price: €475 per couple
Dates: Spring/Summer.

Booking: 087 9976045 or visit www.templehouse.ie

Fermented and cultured foods experience at Neantóg Kitchen Garden School

Cliffoney, Co. Sligo

If you are interested in your gut health and want to make some probiotic food and drinks yourself, perhaps with produce from your own garden or your local farmers market, this course with Gaby and Hans Wieland is the perfect start.
We will explain how fermentation works and how it preserves food. We will demonstrate the various ferments and you will have the unique opportunity to taste them all! You will – under our guidance – make some ferments yourself to take home. We will give you tried and tested recipes that work and show you the basic equipment needed.You will leave inspired, infected and confident to start life as a newly promoted Fermentista.

Price: €70pp (includes light lunch).
Dates: Day courses (10am – 4pm) for a minimum of 5 people can be booked.

Booking: Call 087 9029893
or email gaby@neantog.com

Mullaghmore Adventure with A Seafood Tasting Experience

North West adventures are unique, offering family friendly low-tide adventures to extreme cliff leaps including coasteering, SUP and bicycle adventures of varied intensities suited to different ages and abilities. So come along, don a wetsuit, buoyancy aid, board or bicycle, helmet and explore Ireland’s North West Wild Atlantic Way.
After a coasteering, SUP or cycling tour around Mullaghmore, you will surely have worked up an appetite combine your activity with a visit to Eithna’s By the Sea Restaurant overlooking Mullaghmore harbour. Famous for seafood and shellfish, temptations with north west coasteering package include a selection of our open sandwiches on our homemade wheaten bread with a choice of a cup of chowder or delicious fresh vegetable and organic herb soup.

Price: From €45 (Per Person) depending on activity.
Dates: All year.

Booking: Call Eithna’s By the Sea Seafood Restaurant 071 916 6407 or

Experience the Ox Mountains From Stunning Heights and Mysterious Depths

Cawley’s of Tubbercurry and Wild West Adventures have joined together to allow you to experience the Ox Mountains from stunning heights and mysterious depths – three options:
1. Fort Walk Experience (Medium Grade) Our guides will introduce you to a fort in a dramatic south Sligo location off the beaten track and enthrall you with tales of its history and folklore. You will be stunned by the views of the surrounding country side. We can combine this with a visit to a religious settlement and or perhaps a souterrain, experience the Ox mountains above and below ground.
2. Mysterious Cave Experience (Medium Grade) Experience the mystery and beauty of our hidden cave gems in south Sligo. Our informative guides will regale you with tales, folklore and the history of the long-forgotten past of these limestone caves. Can be combined with a visit to a passage tomb cemetery.
3. Megalithic Experience (Easy Grade) Explore some of the oldest and well preserved megalithic passage tombs in Ireland with our guides. This Neolithic plateau also boasts one of the earliest known Neolithic villages in Ireland and the views are also stunning.

Price: Half day walking discovery package with three course lunch €55.
Full day package walking discovery package with three course lunch €85.
Full tailored packaged available.
Dates: All Year Round

Booking: Call 071-9185025 or www.cawleysguesthouse.ie

Delicious food at Ósta Café with your Cúpla Focal or ¿Hablas español

Thursday Evening: Estáis todos invitados a particpar ennuestas reúniones de ‘Spanish Speakers’ todos los jueves a las 5.30pm en Osta Café. Gracias estamos en Facebook. Informal Spanish conversation at Osta Cafe every Thursday from 5.30pm. Everybody welcome. Join our Facebook group: Spanish Speakers Irlanda Co.Sligo

Friday Evenings: Irish speakers of all levels are welcome to join an informal conversation group from 5.30p.m. Fíorchaoin fáilte riomh chainteorí gaeilge (bíodh sí lag no láidir agat) chuig an gcόmhrá in Ósta Cafe gach Aoine 5.30p.m. go 7.30p.m.

The Wine Buff Tasting Night

Your wine tasting evening will begin with a glass of prosecco on arrival at The Wine Buff, You will then be escorted to the tasting table where you will sample six different wines – usually two whites and four reds, but these can be all red wines or all white wines depending on your preference. We will provide your party with two cheese boards and after the tasting you will finish off your experience with either a dessert wine or a port.
If you wish to have pizzas instead of the cheese boards that is an option at no extra cost.
Wines for your tasting can be chosen by yourself and we will price the tasting according to the wines selected.
Tastings start at 7.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Price: €30 per Person – Based on 10 Persons – The minimum charge is €300

Booking: Call Joe Drury on 0719140020 or
email joe@thewinebuff.com

Whiskey Tasting Experience at the Riverside Hotel, Sligo Town

Dining out on the Sligo Food Trail is always a treat but if you are looking for something a little different why not add a Whiskey Tasting Experience to your
Sligo itinerary. Perfect as an aperitif or an after dinner experience, the Riverside Whiskey Tasting Experience allows you to sample four of our favourite Irish
Whiskeys. Your expert hosts will talk you through each drink, its flavours and nuances and you will receive information cards to take away with you. Sample our favourites! Jameson Black Barrel, Jameson Caskmates, Red Breast 15 and Midleton. This is definitely one that will be appreciated by the connoisseur. The Whiskey Tasting Experience is perfect for groups, and is available for four or more people but should be pre-booked to make sure our expert team members are available to spend time with you.

Price: €15 per person
Dates: All Year Round

Booking: 071-9194480 info@riversidelsligo.ie

The Rathcormac Super Bowl

Rathcormac, Co. Sligo

Make your own crafted bowl/ tea light with Colm Brennan Woodturner followed by light lunch in Vintage Lane Café in the beautiful surrounding of Rathcormac Craft Village. Set against the backdrop of Ben Bulben. The experience will last two hours. After which you may explore the village which is home to six artists working together in a unique environment of creativity, with a range of products from fine art jewellery, sculpture, glass work, traditional woodwork and finely turned ceramic and traditional Irish pottery.
Kids 12 and under are unable to use the machinery but will be welcome to take part in the finishing process.

Price: €30 (Adult) €15 (Kids)
Dates: All Year Round

Booking: Call 087 6622600

Spanish Night – Pinchos & Tapas at FEED, Riverstown

The restaurant is proud to present an evening of Hiberno – Spanish cuisine using some of the finest local and Irish produce together with some of the best quality speciality products from Spain such as chorizo and pimenton, which will be used to enhance the diners overall flavour experience. There are strong links between the two countries, especially Galicia, dating back nearly 2,500 years when they were united by a common people, the Celts. The chef patron, Paul Monaghan will bring all of his many years cooking experience to bare including a stage working in Galway’s award winning Cava Bodega owned by JP McMahon to bring the diner a truly delicious and authentic culinary experience. Each diner will receive a complimentary glass of Cava (Spanish champagne) on arrival and enjoy the sounds of Spain.

Price: €35.00 per person
Dates: www.sligofoodtrail.ie

Booking: Call 071 9165675

Healthy Cooking Workshop with Gaby Wieland Free from Gluten, Dairy, Yeast and Sugar

Anyone with food intolerances or allergies will benefit from excluding wheat, gluten, yeast, sugar, dairy and saturated fats from their diet. Gaby will focus on whole, unprocessed foods like vegetables, fruits and gluten free grains and show that “cooking without” can still be exciting and meals very tasty. Learn about breakfast options, lunch preparation and dinner suggestions, including menu plan, shopping list for one week and what foods to have in the larder. Some recipes will be demonstrated and samples can be tasted.

Price: €65 per person, 3 places for €150
Dates: www.sligofoodtrail.ie

Booking: 071-9854338 or www.theorganiccentre.ie

Detox Day – course with Gaby Wieland at The Organic Centre

Start 2017 with good health with an introduction to “detoxing”. Naturopath and herbalist Gaby Wieland will explore the many reasons why people enter “detox programmes”. You will learn about aids for weight loss, to improve skin conditions and to strenghten your immune system. Gaby will give you guidance to choose from the possibility of a one day detox to a programme for several days. You will learn about a juice fast, which will include a tasting of wheatgrass. Gaby will suggest and explain suitable timetables and demonstrate how to prepare your “detox food”. The day includes tastings and recipes.

Price: €65 per person, 3 places for €150
Dates: www.sligofoodtrail.ie

Booking: 071-9854338 or www.theorganiccentre.ie

Sweet Beats Raw Works with Carolanne Rushe

Sweet Beat Head Chef, Carolanne Rushe, will present a Raw + Fermented Foods workshop. Participants will learn hands on how to make their own ferments as well as raw food recipes from sweet treats, snacks and breakfast ideas. The course is hands on and demo based and includes tasters, a take home recipe booklet and their own ferment.

Price: €45.00 per person
Dates: www.sligofoodtrail.ie

Booking: www.sweetbeat.ie

Express Lunch Three Course Lunch Board

Hargadon Bros, Sligo

Served Daily Monday to Saturday 12pm to 3.30pm €10.00 pp.
No Booking Necessary.

Our join us for our Burger Bros, pop up burger Joint. Open from 4pm- 9pm Mon to Wed. Our menu includes a pint of Franciscan Well Craft Beer or a glass of house wine!

Price: €10 per person
Dates: Year Round

Booking: No Booking Necessary

Jam Making with Coeurine at Murson Farm, Grange

Learn how to make a basic jam, curd and cordial around the kitchen table at Murson Farm. Learn about the basic equipment needed, sterilisation and receive jam recipes. This is a hands on experience and you will take home samples of what is made on the day. Include tea, scone and jams to sample. Booking available for small groups.

Price: €30 per person
Dates: www.sligofoodtrail.ie

Booking: 087 7984076 or coeurine@eircom.net

Relax, Draft Craft & Munch, Strandhill

The Draft House Gastropub has teamed up with the award winning Voya Seaweed Baths in Strandhill to bring you an experience that not only satisfies your inner foodie, but satisfies your soul as well! Enjoy a 50 minute seaweed bath, followed by a 3 course meal at the Draft House Gastropub.
Awarded Bord Bia & Georgina Campbells, Just Ask Restaurant of the month for February 2017, The Draft House Gastropub prides itself on its dedication to using only local, organic & artisan food suppliers and producers. The Draft House Gastropub is a real treat for fans of great food and great craft beers. Available Thursday to Sunday, subject to availability of the baths.

Price: €57 pp for single bath & steam followed by meal or €113 per couple for double bath & steam followed by three course meal.
Dates: Year Round

Booking: 071 9122222

Bread Making Classes at Pudding Row

Easkey with Dervla James.

Spend a full day in beautiful West Sligo, overlooking Easkey Castle and the Wild Atlantic.In these classes you will learn all you need to know in making your own lovely loaves at home.

We offer 2 classes:

  • Introduction to Yeast Breads, which covers White Yeast Loaves, Herby Focaccia and a Brioche style sharing bread;
  • Introduction to Sweet Breads, which features Chelsea Buns with Butterscotch glaze, doughnuts and Seeded Bagels.

Participants will make each dough by hand, by themselves and each bread represents a different style, shape and technique. Lunch of seasonal savouries, sweet treat and refreshments is included and participants bring all breads home in their own Pudding Row tote bag.

  • Duration: 6.5 to 7 hours (Full Day)
  • Price: €95

Booking at www.puddingrow.ie

Shells Cafe Saturday Yoga & Brunch Club with Salt & Soul Studio

Start your Saturday with a yoga class designed to build strength, flexibility and focus in the spacious and light filled Salt & Soul studio.

The class is suitable for all levels and aims to promote a healthy, strong and mindful attitude through movement, breath and awareness

Afterwards join us in Shells Cafe, facing the atlantic for a Yogi Brunch Table filled with housemate granola, fruit salads, greek yoghurt, pastries and a warming drink of your choice

Yoga 8am-8.45am
Shells Yogi Brunch 9.00am
Open to all levels 
Mats provided
Price: €20 per person
Dates: www.sligofoodtrail.ie

booking essential via eventbrite

Brewery Tour at Lough Gill Brewery

Lough Gill Brewery, Sligo Town

Whether you are looking for a unique experience for an event, or an extra-special Sligo visit, we can make it happen. Take a Behind the scenes look at how we get the beer into the glass. We offer a fun, educational tour of Sligo’s towns 1st brewery in over 100 years. Enjoy the most unique tour experience where we will lead you through our production brewery. Guests also get to learn about the rich brewing history here in Sligo and how we turn Lough Gill water into Lough Gill Beer and of course, take each step with a beer in hand.

Price: €10 per person

Premium Gin Tasting Experience

Thomas Connolly Sligo

Each tasting includes a 25ml serving of each of the 3 premuim Gins:

  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • Shortcross Gin
  • Gunpowder Irish Gin

Served with garnish and a Ferver Tree tonic of your choice.

Price: €15.50 per person
Dates: Year Round

Booking: No Booking Necessary

Premium Whiskey Tasting Experience

Thomas Connolly Sligo

Each Tasting includes a Whiskey Appreciation Guide and a 25ml serving of each of:

  • Jameson Black Barrel
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old
  • Powers Three Swallows release

Price: €12.99 per person
Dates: Year Round

Booking: No Booking Necessary

Delicious Sligo

Sligo Town

Four of Sligo’s best food venues have come together to offer a dining experience with a difference.

Your guide will meet you at the contemporary statue of WB Yeats, Sligo’s literary hero, in the centre of Sligo. You will be brought to WB’s Coffeehouse to taste Sligo’s most iconic food, the oyster. Then name Sligo comes from Sligeach (shelly place) and its pristine shores have always been an abundant source of shellfish. Sligo Oysters are now renowned worldwide and at WB’s, owner Aisling Kelly will serve them straight from the Atlantic Ocean (or cooked if you prefer) and matched with local beers.

A short walk over the Garavogue river brings you to Fabio’s famous gelato shop where Fabio makes his own unique ices using local ingredients.  A local seasonal sorbet will refresh your palate before you cross the road Lyons Café, in the historical department store of the same name, which will bring you back in time to 1926 when it first opened and later when it was modelled on the cruise liner the Queen Mary. Chef Gary Stafford will serve his classic Irish Stew, with its special secret ingredient using local Sligo lamb.

Back over the river to Ósta Café & Wine Bar for dessert, (made with local speciality ingredients including seaweed) and coffee from a local roastery or an infusion of local herbs.  

The cost of this trail is €45 it will take approx. two hours, the total walking distance is about 200m and it will include more Sligo surprises! 

A visit to a close by traditional pub for a local beer or gin tasting and possibly live music can also be arranged.

Booking contact Brid Torrades: ostacafe@gmail.com or 0872450862