Last year, the award-winning Galway Food Tours — guiding people through the food scene of Galway for over five years — launched their self-guide pocketbook, bringing together over 40 of their favourite suppliers as well as their own most-loved parts of the city. These recommendations allow people to explore Galway on their own terms and to engage with the city’s collaborative nature. Now, Sheena and Gosia have added to their offering by developing an innovative self-guided app.
Working with Taste4Success Skillnet and StoryTracks (who developed the app) the Galway Food Tours app and guide book bring together over 40 of their personal suppliers as well as Sheena and Gosia’s most-loved parts of the city. “The intention of this project is for people to explore Galway through their knowledgeable eyes and with their recommendations to engage with the city’s collaborative nature,” explained Sheena and Gosia.
The funding provided by Taste4Success Skillnet towards training enabled Galway Food Tours to quickly adapt its business during a very difficult economic time, when the hospitality and food tour scene was completely closed down.
“The app has everything you need to know about the Galway hospitality scene. Within the app, there are videos chatting to all the amazing suppliers, producers and business owners we work with, meaning that you get that real sense of place and, of course, that Galway buzz, which is like no other,” explained Sheena.
The Galway Food Tours app and keepsake pocket book reveal what Sheena and Gosia particularly love about Galway: the people, the independent cultural events and, of course, the best places to eat, drink superb wines and creamy pints. In addition to getting the inside scoop on where to visit, eat and drink, the book also includes vouchers and discounts, as well as illustrations by local artist Gala Tomasso: a combination of experience, value and insider knowledge.
You may find yourself eating one of the best sourdough sandwiches in Galway in Tartare, enjoying a glass of wine at Ruibin on the docks, sampling a world-famous Boychik Doughnut or hitting the road to Barna for a taste of Hooked Seafood with 10% off. In you fancy some shopping, you’ll find discounts on curated Irish designs at The Tweed Project or on screen-printed tea towels from Kai Restaurant.
“This book has been created to highlight Galway and is one that can be treasured for years to come. The illustrations, the little inside notes and the overall sense of Galway within it means it will make its way into homes, rucksacks and tote bags across the country and world,” said Gosia.
The Galway Food Tours Self-Guided Pocket Book is €35 and is available to buy from McCambridges, Ard Bia Restaurant, Charlie Byrnes, Coffeewerk + Press and Tigh Neachtains. For all other retailers, check out Galway Food Tours across all social channels and here at their website.
The Galway Food Tours App is available now and is free to download, housed under StoryTracks on Apple or Android. Happy exploring!