The Sligo Food Trail its fifth birthday with a commemorative video entitled ‘a tasty trip around five years of Sligo Food Trail’, as well as a series of online events showcasing some of the trail’s members.

Cllr. Marie Casserly, Chair Sligo Food Trail, said: “I’m so proud of all that Sligo Food Trail has achieved. Over the five years it has put Sligo firmly on the map in terms of food and drink, drawing national and international attention to our county. The strength of a network like this and the power of the collective working as a group is really visible.”

The video, voiced by Aoife Carrigy, Chair of the Irish Food Writers Guild, was guest speaker at the launch event in The Model, Sligo. It features showcase events like the Harvest Feasts and the Sligo ‘chew chew’ train that brought media on a culinary journey from Dublin to Sligo town. Taste The Island, networking events, several series of videos and the Irish Food Writers Guild visit are all part of the video.

The online tastings, demonstrations, recipes and Zoom events will run from Tuesday 4th – Friday 14th May showcasing some of Sligo Food Trail’s members.

Grainne Gilmartin from Sligo Wellness Centre focusses on cooking for teenagers in her live Zoom event ‘Teenage Brains’ on Thursday 6th May. On Friday 7th, it’s the ice cream man – Neil Byrne from Mammy Johnston’s in Strandhill for ‘Creptastic facts and ice cream trivia’. Saturday sees Anthony Gray, ex-Chair of Sligo Food Trail and owner of Eala Bhán and Hooked Restaurants, take to the stage, demonstrating a ‘DIY Smashed Burger’ recipe. ‘Aw Shucks’ is the title of Sunday’s demonstration when Aisling Kelly of Sligo Oyster Experience shows everyone three ways to serve oysters.

Prannie Rhatigan (Irish Seaweed Kitchen) presents ‘Seaweed the Superfood’ on Tuesday 11th May. ‘Brew Coffee with Carrow’ on Wednesday is a Zoom event with Andrew Willis of Carrow Coffee inviting everyone to join in as he talks about their new Peruvian coffee ‘Alberca’ while brewing with an aeropress. You can purchase some in advance. On Thursday evening, Dave Raethorne and Ollie Alcorn (head distiller) of Lough Gill Distillery present a virtual tour of their distillery in Hazelwood combined with an Athrú Whiskey tasting.

The finale is ‘Pure Poetry in Chocolate’ a demonstration by executive chef Alan Fitzmaurice from the Glasshouse Hotel.

The project is funded by CEDRA, Dept. of Agriculture and supported by Sligo Tourism.

Registration is required for the live events. See www.sligofoodtrail.ie for details.

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