Get off the totally trodden tourist track for a special taste of Ireland!
Só Sligo Festival of Food and Culture in Ireland’s FABULOUS northwest is on 11 – 15 June 2014
Friends, I can’t urge you enough to include the northwest in your Irish holiday vacation plans! This corner of Ireland is stunning, friendly, and not at all crowded. A great time to go is during the So Sligo festival, and Sligo’s on the coast so you can explore this part of the Wild Atlantic Way!
Read this for recommendations on events from So Sligo 2014.
To get you started there will be a pre-festival pop-up restaurant on 7 June where you can take your tastebuds on a trip to Brazil. Also before the main festival arrives you may want to perfect your recipes, because during the festival there’s a Family Cook Off 14 June, and The Irish Stew championships on June15th. To enter the Stew Championships just bring along two portions of your stew to the Festival, as they’ve facilities on-site so you can heat & serve.
There is something for everybody at this years’ Food Festival in Sligo. It starts on Wednesday 11th June and continues until Sunday evening with things happening all over the county! In Sligo town, the Só Sligo Food Trail has over 30 tapas sized house specialities available for €5 each – grab a map and follow it!
There will be urban foraging, seaweed walks, fermentation and cheese making workshops, plus demonstrations and talks! Local and celebrity chefs & experts will include Rachel Allen, JP McMahon, Prannie Rhatigan, Silke Croppe and many more!
The award winning Aniar Restaurant will be a very special pop up in The Model on Friday, and an exceptional Yeats Nobel Dinner by Alan Fitzmaurice will be had on Thursday 12th (the eve of Yeats Day, also celebrating in Sligo).
Lots of events are on for children too; like workshops, free entertainment and family cookery competitions.
Save room in you belly for delights from the Food Village on from 1pm on Friday through to Sunday evening, and before wrapping this up, there’s also a Street Feast! Bring your own food – or buy it from the stalls and food outlets; everyone will enjoy together!
There are other events taking place then in Sligo, too! Yeats Day – Fri 13th, a Craft Fest, and The Sea Shanty Festival in Rosses Point!
You can also keep up to date via the So Sligo Festival Facebook page
I’m really excited to tell you that I’ll be going to So Sligo as part of the Bloggers’ trip! Do keep an eye on the different bloggers’ tweets and posts about the festival & Sligo, as we’ve all a bit different angles. For example, Dee of Greensideup.ie is very interested in local food and eco tourism, and Val of MagnumLady.com & Sligo-Secrets.com is a Sligo local and a very popular photographer. Chef Zach of IrishFoodGuide is a fab source of Irish food news & recipes, and Lisa of Isle Magazine focuses on Irish style, living, and enterprise. Once I find out who else is going, I’ll add them to this list. Addition: Sean from A Taste Of Ireland is coming too! He’s a foodie photographer & author of A Taste of Cork. Yum! Check out their sites for their Twitter, Facebook & Instagram links to follow so you’ll be able to see their real-time So Sligo updates 🙂
Here’s some of what we’ll get up to:
Bloggers Day 10th June
Só Sligo will be celebrating its 5th year in June 2014 and as part of festival, we have invited 10 trendsetting Bloggers to come and experience some of the delights which Sligo has to offer.
The Bloggers will be welcomed to Sligo with an enjoyable dinner where after they will be escorted to their respective hotels. Wednesday, they will enjoy breakfast at their hotel, they will then be whisked off to join in the “Seaweed Harvesting Walk” with Prannie Rhatigan, Eithne’s in Mullaghmore will serve a super locally sourced lunch.
After lunch the Bloggers will be able to choose from a selection of treats on offer in Sligo, whether it’s being pampered or something a bit more adventurous. (I plan on horseriding on the beach! I’ll be the one lagging behind as due to my back I can only have the horse walk, but I just couldn’t miss this fun excursion. Hope to get some photos for you!)
They will end off their day with a walk in Sligo town enjoying a selection of tapas sized portions meals from some of our best restaurants and finishing at The Glasshouse Hotel for dessert and the official opening of the festival! ( Myself and Dee are also staying at the Glasshouse Hotel, so I’ll let you know the scoop & any tips on staying there.)
Have YOU been to Sligo? I don’t yet have any Sligo photos of my own to include in this post– if you have a fab photo or two that shows off some area highlights and you’d like me to share it here, let me know in the comments section below, or on Vibrant Ireland’s Facebook or Twitter. You’ll get full credit, of course. Cheers!