Having moved to Sligo from Germany in 1985, Hans and Gaby have been at the cutting edge of Sligo’s food revolution. Producers of organic vegetables, sourdough breads and artisan farmhouse cheeses for more than 20 years at their organic small-holding Neantog Farm, near Cliffony, they have developed relationships with cafes, restaurants, health food and delicatessen shops across the Northwest and beyond. Having initially supplied food establishments in Sligo with organic produce, having then taught, mentored and inspired many chefs through their courses at Neantog and The Organic Centre for the past 15 years, featuring their favourite food spots in a walking tour is only a natural development in their exciting careers.
Sligo Food Tours, a new venture by Hans and Gaby Wieland, is set to launch on Friday 12th April 2019.
With a lifetime dedicated to real food, the husband and wife duo have set up a new tour business
visiting Sligo’s most inventive and innovative restaurants and cafes.
SLIGO TOWN FOOD TOUR
Explore Sligo’s vibrant food scene on a leisurely walk with Gaby and Hans, who will introduce you to their favourite cafes, restaurants, shops and pubs. Hear exciting stories about the people behind the food along the way as well as the history of Irish foods.
On our tour we visit 7-8 spots featuring traditional and modern dishes as well as iconic foods of Sligo all prepared in small family owned businesses.
- An oyster experience
- A seaweed dish and Sligo’s own coffee roasters
- Fermented foods and drinks
- A local beef tapas with a wild lemonade
- Real sourdough breads, a sweet pastry and tea blended in Sligo
- Italian gelato with seasonal flavours
- Locally brewed craft beers
Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours
Meeting Point: Sligo Tourist Office
WILD FOOD FORAGING TOUR
Come on a walk with herbalist and chef Gaby Wieland and find and identify many wild foods that grow along Irish hedgerows. From Dandelion to Nettles and Meadowsweet to Hawthorn, from leaves and flowers to berries and roots. Learn how nutritious these foraged foods are and how to use them. There will be tastings and recipes at the end of the walk.
Location: The Mill site in Ballintrillick at the base of the Horseshoe valley in one of the most scenic areas in Co. Sligo.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Vegetarian & Vegan Sligo
The upstairs coffee shop at Tir na nOg’s was the early trendsetter for vegetarian food in Sligo followed by it’s sucessor in the same spot: The Cottage coffee shop. It took more than 25 years for Osta Cafe to emerge offering vegetarian dishes and a further 10 years for Sweet Beat Cafe to establish itself as one of the leading plant based coffee shops in Ireland.
Seaweed and Oysters
Sligeach in Irish means “abundance of shellfish” and we bring you Irelands first Oyster experience with Oysters harvested from Sligo bay near Lisadell. Sligo is also the self-titled capital of the Irish seaweed, made world famous by expert Dr. Prannie Rhatigan, and is slowly making its way on to menues of Sligo’s chefs.
Delicatessen & Health Food SHops
Sligo has not only one, but three iconic food shops: Tir na nOg (est 1980) is probably one of the most influential health food stores in Ireland, Cosgroves Delicatessen (est 1898) is one of Sligo’s oldest shops and Kate’s Kitchen is in its 2nd incarnation since the O’Hara sisters have taken over.