Phyllis Moran is Leitrim’s Best Boxty Maker

The inaugural Leitrim Boxty Festival took place on October 19th, 2019 in The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon. It was a celebration of Boxty, a food which originates from Leitrim. There was something for all ages to enjoy including art workshops, folklore, music, dance, boxty making and of course boxty tasting. The highlight of the event was the prestigious award ceremony …

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Harkin’s Cafe are now serving Afternoon Tea

Is there anything nicer than Afternoon Tea? Those delicate sandwiches, scones warm from the oven and bite sized desserts. Harkin’s Cafe in Dromod have just launched their Afternoon Tea menu. It’s €15 per person and must be booked the day before. You can contact them on (071) 963 8741 or through their Facebook page.

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The Oarsman win at the Food and Wine Awards

Congratulations to The Oarsman in Carrick on Shannon who won the ‘Pub Food of the Year Award’ at the Food and Wine Ireland awards. Now in its 19th year, the Food and Wine Ireland Awards were held at The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin on August 25th, 2019. The Oarsman gastropub is popular with locals and visitors alike, who return again …

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Taste Leitrim Competition

We were delighted to be at Ireland West Aiport last week to showcase the fantastic Taste Leitrim members. The visitors who came to sample the produce were very impressed and we heard lovely comments from people who’d been to eat out in Leitrim. Some of our members gave us fantastic prizes for the event but we thought we’d share some …

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Spice India wins at the Irish Restaurant Awards

Spice India in Carrick on Shannon won the Best World Cuisine in Connaught Award at the Irish Restaurant Awards. The Irish Restaurant Awards took place on Monday May 13 in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road with over 1000 people attending a sumptuous meal and the award ceremony. Spice India is known for its culinary delicacies, providing authentic food, freshly made …

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Buffalo Boy win Best Gastrobar in Connaught

Congratulations to Buffalo Boy who have won the Best Gastrobar in Connaught at the Good Eating Guide Awards 2019. The prestigious awards were held at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin on April 30th by The Good Eating Guide. The guide features restaurants,hotels and pubs throughout the 32 counties. It is distributed through restaurants, hotels, pubs and tourist offices. Buffalo Boy …

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Welcome to OstaW8

We are delighted to welcome OstaW8 to Leitrim. You may be familiar with Bríd Torrades who runs Ósta Café and Wine Bar in Sligo town, Bríd is now opening a new venture in the W8 holiday village in Manorhamilton. OstaW8 will consist of a restaurant, coffee shop and bakery. Bríd is a trail blazer when it comes to the Irish …

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Leitrim winners at the Irish Restaurant Awards

The Connaught finals of the Irish Restaurant Awards took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel Sligo on March 26th, 2019. We’d like to congratulate all the finalists and winners at these highly coveted Food Oscars. The Leitrim winners are as follows: Best Casual Dining – Luna Best Local Food Hero – The Organic Centre Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sweet …

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World Marmalade Award for Leitrim’s Lena’s Tea Room

Deirdre O’Connell, of Lena’s Tea Room in Carrick on Shannon, has won the Bronze Award for “Marmalade for Savoury Food” in the Artisan Awards category for her Pink Grapefruit and Cranberry marmalade at the prestigious World Marmalade Awards. The World Marmalade Awards ceremony took place on March 16th 2019, at the Dalemain Mansion, a stately Georgian home on the outskirts …

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Taste Leitrim on Ocean FM

Claire Ronan, Ocean FM Presenter, called out to visit The Food Hub in Drumshanbo. She interviewed some of the members of Taste Leitrim for the Up and Running show. Sean from Blakes Always Organic explained the history of the business and the benefits of Kefir. Conor from The Oarsman told Claire about his award-winning premises. Robert from the Leitrim Marina …

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Carrig Brewing Company Are Winners

Congratulations to Carrig Brewing Company who have just scooped four awards for their beers at the Alltech Craft Brews Awards in Dublin. The awards are part of the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair which is held annually in Dublin. Carrig Brewing Company, is Leitrim’s first brewery in over 100 years and is an independent family owned business. Their beers …

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The Art of Food Photography Masterclass

As part of Local Enterprise Week LEO Leitrim hosted a food photography masterclass for members of Taste Leitrim. The event was held in The Food Hub, Drumshanbo and food photographer Julia Dunin gave the participants a crash course in the art of food photography. The first part of the workshop was a talk where Julia went through the basics of …

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Real Bread Week – Jinny’s Bakery

Real Bread Week is the annual, international celebration of additive-free loaves and the people who make them. We couldn’t let the week pass without giving a mention to our very own Jinny’s Bakery. Pascal & Sinead Gillard are the team behind Jinny’s Bakery and together with their hard-working bakery crew they have built a business with renowned impressive standards. Jinny’s …

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Boxty – place on a plate

Inextricably linked to Irish history and culture, potatoes are one of the most beloved and used ingredients on the Emerald Isle. Boxty is an offspring of the ol’ spud, “wrapped” in tradition and bittersweet memories, its name originating from the Gaelic word “bacstaí”.  There is a big tradition of boxty in Leitrim with many of our Taste Leitrim members using …

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