• Cyril McAree

Sweet 16 for Sligo Food Trail

Although the Covid-19 restrictions have hit food businesses very hard, 16 creative members of Sligo Food Trail are still open for business. From cafes and coffee roasters to brewers and egg suppliers, they are offering some great food and beverage, often in innovative new presentations. With the Restaurants Association of Ireland claiming that a staggering nine out of ten restaurants are facing permanent closure, every bit customer can do to help a local food business is both important and appreciated.

Here are some examples of Sligo Food Trail enterprise: Nook Café in Collooney are taking orders from Monday for a Saturday pick up. Their wonderfully named Grazing Box (cheese and charcuterie) with wine is perfect for that weekend treat. There’s also a great choice of their regular dishes on offer.


The new Sweet Beat Café online shop offers an innovative Build Your Own Sweet Beat Burger Box with everything you need for plant-based perfection at home. Orders are taken online for collection on Saturday or Sunday. They also offer online ordering of freshly made dinners, lunches, sweet treats and sides prepared daily. They are serving drinks, smoothies and treats from the hatch on Bridge Street, 7 days a week 9am-4pm.



Pudding Row Café in Easkey have delicious boxes of goodies for collection or delivery. Their Comfort Box is already proving a real winner packed with goodies like bagels, brownies and caramel squares. Alternatively, the Build A Box option is like a pick ‘n’ mix of tasty treats.



Shells Café have put together an innovative Brunch Bag which changes every week. Order and pick up at the Baker Boys Café in Strandhill. Their tempting Treat Box is packed with favourites and sent out on Thursdays. Orders of breads, muffins, cookies, quiches, tarts and more are by phone (083 3474673) for collection Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-1pm.

Dinner isn’t complete without a delicious drink to match and Lough Gill Brewery are busy with their online shop offering cases of individual beers (in cans) or a mix n’match box if you think variety is the spice of life. Some members are also supporting the FeedTheHeroes initiative, providing essential and nutritious meals to frontline heroes fighting COVID-19. Sligo Food Trail are encouraging everyone to support small food businesses today – it’ll be a great experience and could be the difference between a business surviving these unprecedented challenges.

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