A unique food trail — devised by Mulranny Park Hotel in collaboration with local food producers — which uses the route of the award winning Great Western Greenway, has been launched this week.
The Gourmet Greenway promotes local artisan foods from the areas of Mulranny, Newport, Westport and Achill. These local producers are collaborating with the four star hotel to encourage visitors to visit, sample, and purchase the fare of these food producers.
The gastro experience was showcased with a Meet the Producers Dinner on Monday night, which featured produce from Sean Kelly (Kelly’s Butchers ); Jerry Hassett (Keem Bay Fish Products ), Michael Flanagan (Achill Island Turbot ), Andrew Pelham Burn (Carrowholly Cheese ), Tom Dougherty (Curraun Blue Trout Farm ) and Padraig Gannon (Croagh Patrick Seafoods ).
All of the dishes were expertly prepared by head chef of Mulranny Park Hotel, Ollie O’Regan, and a beautiful selection from Nash wines accompanied the exquisite food.
Renowned food writer John McKenna was guest of honour; he praised the event and described the Gourmet Greenway as a “unique” concept which is “inspiring, imaginative and authentic”.
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has also welcomed the food trail. He commended the local food producers and Mulranny Park Hotel for “their foresight and willingness to undertake this project, which will undoubtedly increase the visibility of the many famous gourmet foods that are produced in Mayo.”
A pocket-sized Gourmet Greenway guide featuring a map, information and contact details for each producers — including GPS co-ordinates— is available through various tourism offices, at the premises of each Gourmet Greenway producer and at Mulranny Park Hotel. A pdf version is also available on www.mulrannyparkhotel.ie