The Pride of Place judges made their way to Sligo in July of this year and members pulled out all the stops to represent the Sligo Food Trail in all its glory.

The IPB Pride of Place Awards is a competition which celebrates local group contributions to the community and the creation of civic pride all over Ireland. The aim is to recognise the work carried out by communities and how they come together to shape, change and improve daily lives. Pride of Place aims to work in partnership with communities, to encourage best practice, innovation and leadership in providing vibrant sustainable living in our communities. Sligo Food Trail were honoured to be finalists in the Community Tourism Award 2019 section.

Marie was thrilled to lead as campaign manager along with Sligo Food Trail Chair Marie Casserly.  Marie presented the Trails journey from its creation in 2016 right up to its involvement in the recent Fáilte Ireland Taste the Island campaign. Marie Casserly covered the Trails future plans and the Taste The Sea video which showcases the Food Experiences. Prannie Rhatigan represented Sligo Food Trail producers and committee member Oonagh Monaghan explained the background to the trail. Alan Fitzmaurice pulled out all the stops for the event with a carefully crafted lunch menu for the judges.

Members of the Sligo Food Trail put in a great effort to highlight the brilliant produce and dishes available in Sligo with a tasting tour. The judges visited the Sligo Oyster Experience, Sweet Beat, the Bakeshop and Lyons Café and the Glasshouse.

Marie always enjoys working with this network as it consists of a group of enthusiastic individuals who always come together for the good of Sligo and its food scene. The awards take place in Kilkenny on Saturday November 30th and we wish the Sligo Food Trail the best of luck on the night.