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.

An independent judging panel will visit Sligo in early August to see for themselves the exceptional food offering available throughout county. The overall winner will be selected by combining the judges’ score with the score from public voting.

Sligo needs your help to win
The public will be able to vote for Sligo Food Trail from noon on Tuesday 25th July until noon on Thursday 10th August. Sligo Food Trail are asking EVERYONE to vote and to ask their friends to vote. This counts for 50% of the score so it is really important. The voting will be through this link: (live from Tuesday 25th July)

The ultimate ‘Foodie Destination of Ireland 2017’ will be announced on Tuesday 29th August. Last year’s winners Boyne Valley have reached the finals again as well as Cong, Galway’s Westend, Kilkenny, Kinsale, Loop Head Peninsula, Monaghan, West Cork and West Waterford.

Why Sligo stands out.

Yeats Country is brimming with delightful foodie destinations; from the simplest family-owned traditional eateries to the very best in fine dining, from cheery cafes and gastro pubs to sparkling crystal and crisp linen in high end restaurants, it’s all there on Sligo Food Trail.

Sligo Food Trail members are an exciting mix of producers, markets, cafes, restaurants, craft beer, gastro pubs and accommodation scattered all around the county. Visit our members as you explore the surf coast on the Wild Atlantic Way, while others draw visitors inland to discover the hidden gems of this lovely and fascinating county.

Sligo is simply bursting at the seams with delicious local seafood, honey and Sligo lamb a speciality. Or enjoy a host of interesting activities from walking, horse riding, golf to kayaking to work up an appetite. Sligo Food Trail has cleverly packaged some of the best as Food Experiences which are a wonderful collection of interactive experiences where visitors don’t just spectate – they actually get involved from foraging, craft beer tasting, dining on the seashore to learning a new culinary skill. It’s an amazing opportunity to dip a toe into the culture of food in Sligo, and to meet some of the fascinating characters who are involved. You can read their stories in the Faces of the Sligo Food Trail series or visit the local café and restaurants where local producers are showcased on the menus. Pick up a Food Experiences brochure, which is available from all 70+ members and in Fáilte Ireland Tourist Information Offices.

Foodie Destination of Ireland
The ‘Foodie Destination of Ireland’ award recognises a destination that actively promotes itself through joint promotional activities such as food festivals, gourmet trails or farmers’ markets as well as great dining experiences. The winning Irish destination will have established a local producer/supplier network which is utilised and promoted by local businesses.  Plans for future growth and investment into the food and hospitality industry at a local level will also be taken into consideration by judges. Education, training, development and employment will be key components of the ultimate foodie destination.

Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, said “Winning the title of ‘Foodie Destination of Ireland 2017’ will provide a competitive edge to towns and regions wishing to promote their areas to incoming tourists. The rich landscape of the Irish culinary scene has provided us with an interesting battleground for the competition. This is an exciting time to be involved in the food and tourism industry in Ireland, and for local businesses to show the pride they have in their communities to the nation.

“The quality of submissions this year was once again excellent, all ten of the ‘Foodie Destination’ finalists have something to be proud of for reaching the penultimate stage of the competition.”

Information on Sligo Food Trail is readily available through the website ( and social media. The project is funded by CEDRA, Dept. of Agriculture, Sligo County Council, LEO Sligo, Food Trail Members, Fáilte Ireland and Sligo Tourism Ltd.

New members are always welcome and can make contact through the website