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  • Indulge in Sligo Bay Oysters at WB’S Coffee House, Sligo while you are guided by owner Aisling Kelly through the history and current farming methods of harvesting oysters on the Wild Atlantic Way.
    • Available at 4 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
    • The experience is currently closed for Winter. We are currently taking bookings from March 2019.
    The Sligo Oyster Experience begins at 4 p.m. at Sligo Tourist Office on O'Connell Street with a short, scenic walk over Hyde Bridge where you can admire the Garavogue River which flows to Sligo Bay and feeds the oyster beds. Your guide, Aisling will direct you to the famous WB Yeats statue where you will hear stories of summers spent by William Butler Yeats here in Sligo. Learn the history of our native oysters which grew in Sligo and Rosses Point. You will then visit WB’s Coffee House where Aisling will guide you through the history of oyster harvesting on the Wild Atlantic Way and how these methods have continued or adapted today. Learn the tricks of the trade with an oyster shucking demonstration and take photos of your experience at the oyster bar. Indulge in Sligo Bay Oysters as a selection of naked or dressed Sligo Bay Oysters are freshly prepared for you. The oysters are served with a glass of crisp white wine, which have been carefully selected to compliment the oysters.
  • Irish Seaweed Kitchen is a comprehensive guide to healthy, everyday cooking with seaweeds. Learn how to source, identify, prepare and store seaweed for culinary use.
  • Oyster Gastronomy is a must-have for every serious oyster lover. The book contains a variety of over 100 recipes from two World Gourmand Award-winning food writers Máirín Ui Chomáin & Michael O’Meara. The recipes focus on the versatility of oysters, whether you are looking for a new accompaniment to your oysters au naturel or a more complex recipe for barbecued, grilled or roasted oysters. The book highlights the benefits of the oyster as a low-fat, highly nutritious and healthy food. Learn about oyster cultivation history and practical know-how and tips.
  • Saturday, 12th October from 5-7pm. Ailbhe Gerrard is a farmer and beekeeper behind Brookfield Farm. Ailbhe studied sustainable development in University College London, and organic farming for three years in the renowned Scottish Agricultural College (SRUC). She was recently honoured with a Nuffield Agricultural Scholarship, and lecturing at Gurteen Agricultural College. Driven by her vision of bringing agriculture back to its sustainable roots; producing good food for people. As well as farming the land Ailbhe was inspired by the views and rich land of the farm, she set out to create entirely natural, traditionally handmade gift products from the wild honey being produced, including beeswax candles and gift boxes. The candles are dipped and hand poured often scented with botanical essential oils. During the afternoon you will learn all about bee keeping, how you can help, taste the honey and see a demonstration on how to make a bees wax candle. Enjoy a glass of wine and taste delicious Sligo Oysters freshly shucked in front of you. This event is part of Taste the Island.
  • Saturday, 26th October from 2-4pm. Violet Hunter has been making butter on the family dairy farm for many years. Watch Violet churn cream into delicious country butter before enjoying it with homemade brown bread. Violet will also make a seaweed & wild garlic butter that we will then add to freshly shucked local Sligo Bay oysters from Wild Atlantic Oysters and bake with delicious Irish cheese. Enjoy baked oysters and learn about Sligo’s oyster history dating back 6000 years ago from the Sligo Oyster Experience. You can sit back and relax tasting oysters while watching a video of Violets son Glenn Hunter working on the oyster farm. Take home freshly churned butter for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Taking place in Sligo town. This event is part of Taste the Island.