Wednesday 17th July is a big day for everyone at Sligo Food Trail, as we make our presentation to the visiting Pride of Place judges for the Community Tourism Award 2019. Led by our chair Marie Casserly and campaign manager Marie Brouder, we’re hoping to showcase Sligo Food Trail at its very best. The event takes place at Glasshouse Hotel from 9.30 am, and everyone is welcome to join us.

Fresh from international success at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in China, Dr. Prannie Rhatigan will talk about the experiences and businesses which have grown around seaweed and about her collaboration with restauranteur Anthony Gray (Hooked and Eala Bhán), creating their popular Coney Island Experience. Jason Horkan from Waterfront House Hotel & Restaurant in Enniscrone represents the food and accommodation aspect of Sligo Food Trail and the benefits they have experienced as a new member.

Committee member and food business consultant Oonagh Monahan will explain the background to Sligo Food Trail and the relationship between Trail members and food producers, with a particular focus on food provenance and taste of place. We will also tell them about Sligo Food Trail’s involvement in the Fáilte Ireland Taste the Island calendar in the autumn. After the formal judging and meeting our members who are displaying on Wednesday am, we will take the judges on a tasting tour of Sligo Food Trail members. The judges will meet members from diverse food and hospitality sector who have joined forces to promote Sligo as a foodie destination under the umbrella of the Sligo Food Trail.

The IPB Pride of Place Awards is an all-Ireland competition, which started in 2003. It celebrates local group contributions to the community and the creation of civic pride. The aim is to acknowledge the work being done every day by communities all over the island of Ireland. The judges focus on people coming together to shape, change and improve daily lives in their communities. Pride of Place aims to work in partnership with communities, to encourage best practice, innovation and leadership in providing vibrant sustainable living in our communities.