Food Trail member Dervla James from Pudding Row states ” Sligo has transformed over the last 2 years. There’s increasing access to homegrown organic foods and people take a wonderful pride in their product here. We’re a small county with a big food community, everyone helps everyone. The food trail is a perfect example, a large group of eateries sharing a platform and supporting one another. There is more variety than ever in Sligo with great Irish food, amazingly fresh seafood, plant based delights, authentic Asian cuisine as well as quality meats, honey and organic ingredients all being produced on our doorstep in Sligo. We’re thrilled to have Sligo shortlisted in the top 10 Food Destinations of Ireland for a second year now. Sligo has proven that it can attract and cater to large numbers from two successful Fleadh Ceoil and the annual Sligo Food Festival. Winning this award would show the people of Ireland and further afield that Sligo is the place to go for a great food experience. So please vote Sligo at www.foodiedestinations.ie ”
The ‘Foodie Town of Ireland’ award recognises a destination that actively promotes itself and is coordinated by the Restaurants Association of Ireland. Last year Sligo town was named best food festival by the acclaimed food writers John and Sally McKenna for the SÓ Sligo Food Festival. Sligo was also runner up in the Eden Project by Fáilte Ireland. Sligo Food Trail work closely with Fáilte Ireland and together with Sligo Tourism looks forward to extending the season campaign, a new initiative by Fáilte Ireland.
Sligo was delighted this year to launch the new Sligo Food Trail www.sligofoodtrail.ie Sligo Food Trail treats your palate to an abundance of culinary treasures. You can map your own route to choose the cuisine that you love best. What makes Sligo such a fantastic foodie destination is the culture that goes hand in hand with your food experience. The Sligo Food Trail is a collection of 68 business and growing, which is made up of producers, farmer’s markets and restauranteurs as well as wine and craft beer specialists. Promoting a host of food experiences for the visitor to enjoy from craft beer tour (with tastings of course), a guided seashore walk to identify seaweeds and enjoy lunch on the seashore, to a pizza making workshop for kids. The Sligo Food Trail video brings these food experiences to life, showcasing seaweed harvesting, foraging, afternoon tea treats, bread making, wine tasting and more.
We are looking forward to our visit by the judges in the coming weeks. This assessment will be combined with a national public voting campaign (50% judges/ 50% voting) where the public can choose their winning foodie destination out of the ten finalists. Please vote now for Sligo at www.foodiedestinations.ie The voting will close at 12pm on Friday 9th of September. Vote Sligo!