Inaugural Strandhill Food Festival, Sligo

There is an exciting event happening this weekend in Sligo which I wanted to share. Strandhill is hosting the Inaugural Strandhill Food Festival in Hanger One of Strandhill Airport on Saturday, October 7th, from 12noon – 8pm and it sounds like it is going to be an amazing event.

There is so much planned for the day and it honestly sounds like it will be a great day out. There will be over 30 food stalls from all over Ireland within the hanger and going from my past experience with the Strandhill People’s Market – they only let the yummiest food be served!


The Connacht Gold stage will host a full day of demonstrations from local chefs, food bloggers and cookbook authors. The event will welcome food consultant cook and creative Ali Dunworth (; writer, chef and marine scientist, Finn Ni Fhaolain;  presenter and style, beauty, and plant-based blogger, Holly White (; seaweed guru and cookbook author Prannie Rhatigan (Irish Seaweed Kitchen), cafe owner and chef, Carolanne Rushe (Sweet Beat Cafe), food bloggers Nicola Halloran (The Wonky Spatula); Tanya Halloran (The Tiny Vegan Kitchen), and last but not least, wild herb and foraging expert, Gaby Wieland (The Organic Centre and Neantóg Farm).


Festival attendees will get to choose from a range of delicious producers including local cafes such as Sweet Beat Café, Shells Cafe and Pudding Row, as well as Shaka Poké, serving Dublins take on the Hawaiian staple the Poke bowl; The Ploughman’s Daughter, serving raclette and cheese plates; and LaLa Poutine food truck, offering hungry attendees the chance to taste delicious French cuisine meats and cheeses melted on fresh chips. I love that there is such a variety of foodie goodness on offer and there will also be a craft beer bar showcasing some of the best Irish craft beers and gins.

Inaugural Strandhill Food Festival, Sligo
Pictured at the launch of the Strandhill Food Festival are Karen McGarty, Aurivo, Lee Mastin, Chef at The Drafthouse, Carolanne Rushe, founder of Sweet Beat Cafe, and cookbook author Finn Ni Fhaolain.

The event is ticketed for adults but kids go free – you can buy tickets via their website. And for the kids there is entertainment from Little Gem Puppets and Zippy the Clown; also including  Storytelling Sessions and Live Graffiti Street Art which I think it great as it means both adults and kids have something there that they will enjoy.

If you would like to learn more about Allan Mulrooney who has coordinated the event, you can read our interview with him here. And for full details of the entire Strandhill Food Festival then you can check out their website here.

Images kindly provided for use.


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