Where It All Began
Essential Food Trails was founded by Siobhán Sloane to connect independent on-farm food producers
with those who want to meet the makers. She lives in Galway where she studied Ireland’s Culinary Heritage.
She has worked as an environmental educator in the Burren bringing people on wild food walks.
“Ireland has had something of a food revolution in recent years with a renewed appreciation among chefs and home-cooks for high quality natural ingredients produced on family-run artisan farms. Essential Food Trails was established to play a part in sustaining this way of life by creating farm to fork experiences.
A remarkable thing about Ireland, a tiny island on the edge of Atlantic Europe, is that our landscape is a mosaic of different habitats. These conditions lend themselves to small scale farming which can be challenging.
The mission of Essential Food Trails is to connect these farmers with those who appreciate the effort that goes into producing high quality, nutritious and delicious food; to give the producers an opportunity to share their stories and to inspire a love and respect for the natural environment that sustains us, and those who artfully feed us.”
Siobhán Sloane, Essential Food Trails
A food tour with a difference
At the heart of Essential Food Trails is the mission to connect people with place through food. To sustain small-scale producers; to encourage people to appreciate natural ingredients grown on a small scale adopting and adapting from other culinary traditions to cook and eat with joy.
With Essential Food Trails we set out to create a food tour with a difference. Working closely with farmers, growers, producers and chefs, our farm to fork experiences are designed to bring visitors right to the heart of the dynamic food culture of Ireland. We aim to connect people with place through food. Whether it is first time visitors to Ireland, locals who want to know more about the exciting sustainable food movement in their own region, or creative chefs and culinary arts schools seeking the finest quality natural produce.
In harmony with the changing seasons, Essential Food Trails brings visitors to meet oyster farmers, cheese-makers, bee-keepers and free range farmers. We introduce people to the old and the new, from sampling Poitín, Ireland’s original national distilled drink to tasting coffee roasted in the Burren hills.
Sustainability is at the heart of what we do at Essential Food Trails; by bringing small groups on day-trips can mean one-less car on the road.