Lunch in Sligo Town

So Sligo Food Festival

As the So Sligo Food and Cultural Festival and the Sligo Food Trail is taking place this weekend I thought I’d post about some of my favourite places for lunch.

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Só Sligo – so much fun (Part 2)

So Sligo bloggers day

Following on from our evening at the Yeats Experience which you can read about here, the next day we were up bright and early and headed for Streedagh Beach, we were blessed with the weather as it was such a beautiful day. The bloggers had enjoyed their night, some of them stayed at the Glasshouse Hotel, the others at Markree Castle. As I’m a local I stayed at home (it’s a hard life 😉 ).

Prannie Rhatigan

We met Prannie Rhatigan, who launched her new guide to edible seaweed that day, which is a companion to her Irish Seaweed Kitchen book.  We had a picnic on the rocks with some wonderful buttery cheese and sea spaghetti straws, seaweed smoothies and delicious seaweed truffles.

Seaweed harvesting

Prannie took us for a walk down to the sea and explained all the different types of seaweed to us and what it’s good for. We even tried some seaweed straight from the rocks, it actually tasted really nice and not at all like I expected it to. It was very interesting hearing all about the seaweed and spending time in Streedagh.

At Eithna's by the sea After our lovely visit with Prannie we headed to Eithna’s by the Sea in Mullaghmore. This is a wonderful restaurant specialising in seafood, it has such a  friendly atmosphere and it’s a pleasure to eat here. I say it every time I come here but the food is like a work of art.

Seafood platterThis was a seafood tasting platter, there was salmon, crab, squid, mackerel, mussels and much more. We also had seaweed bread with seaweed pesto. Even the desserts contained seaweed and you’d never have guessed it. Lucy was very impressed by the waiters. She said she’d go for the food and stay for the waiters! 😉

Desserts from Eithna's by the seaI’m drooling at these looking at them now, they were fantastic. The one on the left was a lemon and carrigeen mousse, the middle is a chocolate (and seaweed) brownie, on the right is a meringue (with seaweed). After a lovely leisurely lunch it was time for Zack, Lisa, Susan and Dee to go off with Seatrails on a trek along the beach with Island View Stables. Lucy, Oonagh and I headed to Solas Spa at the Radisson Blu Hotel for some much-needed pampering.

Solas SpaI had a mini facial which was so lovely and relaxing I almost fell asleep! I’m just sorry that we were short of time as I’d have loved to have spent longer in the thermal suite (above).

The Wine Buff

We all met up again in Sligo town and headed to The Wine Buff for some gorgeous wine, cheese, bread, crackers and olives. Joe who runs The Wine Buff is a really nice man and very knowledgable about his products, I will feature him on the blog soon.

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It was soon time for us to go on the Food trail. The food trail is a brilliant idea with various pubs, restaurants and cafes throughout the town offering tapas sized dishes for €5 during the food festival. I think it would be great for this to be run all through the year, it’s a great way for people to try the various places without breaking the bank. My group headed to Donaghys where we had chicken wings and a selection of desserts, which we all really enjoyed. After that it was off to Osta for their food trail special which was a trio of croquettes….and if you thought we hadn’t eaten enough we went to The Glasshouse Hotel for more food!! There was also a brilliant flash mob….I was tempted to join in but couldn’t move after all the food!

DancersIt was a fabulous day, but the food festival didn’t end there. There was a trip to Coney Island with Prannie and Tra Bhan cooked mussels on the beach. There was the great family cook off at St. Angela’s College, pizza making with Rugatino and Sligo CTC, the food market and so much more. You can see all my photos from the festival here.

On the walk to Coney IslandMy thanks again to all involved in the festival (and apologies to Berenice for chasing her around the beach with a dead crab!) Also thanks to Connacht Gold for sponsoring a lovely day.

 

 

Só Sligo Food and Cultural Festival, 2014

Pop Up Brazil

The So Sligo Food and Cultural Festival kicked off in style last night with a Pop Up Brazil night in the Hawk’s Well Theatre. We had some fabulous food made by StreetCart and a great night was had by all and this is only the beginning.

There is so much more to look forward to during the festival including seaweed walks, the wild food experience, learning all about fermentation, a food village and so much more. You can find out all the information on the website.

We are so lucky in Sligo to have some amazing restaurants, coffee shops and gastro pubs and during the festival the food trail will be taking place. This will consist of various establishments in Sligo town serving tapas sized house specialities for €5 each. I’m hoping to have one of each 😉

The World Irish Stew Championships will take place on Sunday 15th, 12 noon in the Food Village.  Everyone can enter, all you have to do is bring along two portions of home-made stew (you can heat it up and serve it at the food village). So get cooking and see if  you have what it takes to be crowned the Champ? bit.ly/stewchamps

Rachel Allen will be appearing in the Hawk’s Well Theatre on Saturday 14th and tickets are going fast so don’t miss out.

There are also events for the children including pizza making and cookie making. It’s shaping up to be a great event and this week Sligo will also celebrate Yeats Day.

The Rosses Point Sea Shanty and the LilyLolly Craftfest will also take place. If you haven’t been to Sligo yet this would be the perfect week to come and see what all the fuss is about.

 

SaucepanKids Cooking Demonstration

Saucepan Kids is a great new website inspiring and encouraging kids to grow and cook their own food. They had a ‘cooking with kids’ demonstration in Source Sligo Cookery School.

We were shown how to make fresh herb pesto. With herbs grown from the Saucepan Kids garden. It smelt amazing and tasted wonderful. It’s also much cheaper than the pesto you buy.

Next we were shown how to make Quick Focaccia Bread. This recipe is great because it uses self-raising flour. No need to wait for it to rise as you would if you used yeast. The smell of the bread cooking was wonderful and it really did taste great.

There was also a delicious tomato sauce. All the recipes are very child (and adult!) friendly. All quick and easy to do and unlike shop bought sauce you know exactly what’s in this one. It would be perfect for a pizza topping or as a pasta sauce.

Check out Saucepan Kids for all these great recipes (and more). Also see how they are getting on with growing their own food including their adventures with pig farming.