March 27, 2013

The World Irish Stew Championship and other culinary competitions

Irish Lamb Stew - Bord Bia Images
Entries are flying in for the fourth World Irish Stew Championship which takes place in St Angela’s College in Sligo on 1st and 2nd May as part of the Só Sligo Food Festival. This festival takes place from 1st to 6th May 2013 and is supported by Failte Ireland.

The 1st of May will see professional and student chefs from kitchens and colleges all over the world demonstrate their skills to create the ultimate Irish Stew! The judging panel comprised of a team of chefs and competition judges, selected by head judge Gabriel Mc Sharry, will decide who will earn the title in two categories – professional and student chef.  Entries can be made online at, where there are also application forms for other culinary competitions including the Sligo Signature Dish and a Mystery Basket competition. 

It is not only professional chefs who can enter their stew!  Home cooks can enter the competition by taking a photo of their stew and uploading it along with the recipe to  The best will be selected and brought to  beautiful Co Sligo to compete in the final on 2nd May and they will also be treated to a Sligo Gourmet Adventure!   

The World Irish Stew Championship has been running since 2010 as part of Só Sligo Food Festival and this year thanks to the Gathering IBB Fund and assistance given by the Gathering initiative, it has become a global event in Co Sligo which the organisers hope will become an annual global gathering.  

St Angela’s College has also been part of the Championships since it’s inception and competitors who take part annually enjoy visiting it’s uniquely beautiful setting on Lough Gill.   Head of Home Economics Angela McCloat has assisted and encouraged the competition to date and is delighted with its huge success! 

If you would like more information on any of these competitions please contact Brid Torrades

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