It’s nearly here, the most exciting food festival to hit the beautiful town of Sligo in the North West of Ireland, and the list of amazing events is endless!!
Sligo is where it is at, with so much history, culture, arts and music events the year over!
Kicking off on the 7th of June with a delicious Pop-Up Brazil in the Hawkswell theatre, the beginning will kick you head first into exotic flavours and surroundings in the most tasteful way.
The Food Trail will begin on the 11th and runs to the 15th of June, and this will showcase all that is gourmet goodness about Sligo and the North West through Tapas from some of the towns best eateries.
The So Sligo Food Village will run from the Friday 13th to Sunday 15th June and will feature local food and craft producers with fun, music and entertainment for all the family!
One of the huge draws is the Nobel Dinner on Thursday the 12th, in which there was a competition held to create a Yeats inspired Menu. The winner of the competition to “create a menu fit for a Nobel winner” was the fantastically talented Chef Alan Fitzmaurice of the Glasshouse Hotel.
He will be the executive chef for the inaugural Nobel Dinner which will be held in Sligo’s magnificent Radisson BLU Hotel, on the 12th, the eve of Yeats Day, which celebrates WB Yeats birthday.
Guest of honour will be Her Excellency, Ambassador of India, Radhika Lal Lokesh, who will honour the Indian Nobel prize winner, Rabindranath Tagore.
Also on Thursday the 12th, you can Lap up the beautiful seaside village that is Strandhill and join seaweed expert Dr Prannie Rhatigan (author of Irish Seaweed Kitchen) for a seaweed identification and wild harvest walk followed by tastings of Lissadell mussels with seasonal seaweeds cooked on the rocks by award winning chef Julian Regneres from the wonderful Tra Ban and enjoyed al fresco.
I could write all day about the multitude of events during this festival, including Rosses Point Sea Shanty Festival, the Beautiful Rachael Allen’s cookery Demo,The Art of Fermentation with Hans and Gaby Wieland, Cheese Making Class with Silke Cropp, Aniar @ The Model and the ‘must do’ relaxing Yoga & Breakfast in the superb and unique Shells Cafe, but pop over to sosligo.ie and get yourself involved in what can only be described as an amazing Food Festival that is up there with the best!
Oh, and see ye for a cookery demo at the StreetFeast in the Food Village on the 15th ;)