Yesterday I was invited to Drumshanbo in County Leitrim for the launch of Taste Leitrim which is a virtual food and drink trail. A few things struck me on the day. Firstly what a great idea the virtual trail is. So much of our lives are lived online this days, I know whenever I go anywhere I am always searching on the Internet to find out more about the places I am going to visit. So it’s a great idea to be able to watch the videos and find out more about places to eat, food and drink producers etc.
The launch was held in ‘The Shed’ which is the brainchild of Patrick J Rigney, the man behind the tremendous Boru vodka and Sheridans liqueur success stories, ‘The Shed’ distillery is full of his experiments and recipes for Herbaceous Gins, Potato Vodkas. It was fascinating to watch the workers as we heard all about Taste Leitrim.
The Shed is part of The Food Hub, another brilliant idea. From the outside it looks like an industrial area but inside it’s a hive of activity, hosting numerous artisan food and drink producers. They also have a community kitchen which can be used by various clients and companies and they can provide food sector training. I was hoping to feature The Food Hub as part of my Wild Atlantic Wayfarer project but unfortunately I ran out of time.
Back to the launch. It was great to see so many people there especially on such a wet, windy, afternoon. The people of Leitrim are welcoming and friendly and as they say on their videos they treat tourists as friends. I’m eager to check out some of the many places I saw on video now. I heard about boxty, baker’s, restaurants, preserves, breweries and so much more. I’m even intrigued to find out more about the heated outdoor pool that was mentioned!
You can find out more about Taste Leitrim here. Be sure to keep and eye on their Facebook page as they have a huge give away coming up. Join in the conversation on Social Media using #TasteLeitrim and if you care looking for a Leitrim based gift why not check out Mulvey’s who have a Leitrim hamper. Thanks to Orla for inviting me. You can find the rest of my photos from the launch here.