The Taste of Monaghan Hits the Road in 2019
2019 is the year that the Taste of Monaghan returns to its roots in Church Square and the event will take to the streets on Saturday the 28th of September with a new Street Food themed Festival from 11AM-7PM. For 2019, the committee have reconfigured the event into a FREE one-day celebration of local food, art, crafts and wonderful demonstrations from a fantastic line up of chefs.
There will be a carnival style atmosphere in town with street art, entertainment for all the family, music and smells that invigorate the taste buds. As a Top 10 Food Destination for the past 4 years the judges recognized that Monaghan has tastes for every palette and the Street Food Festival is a place for locals and visitors alike to try new things and make connections with producers responsible for the bounty offered in the drumlins.
This year’s event will be a celebration of the ever-changing food scene in Monaghan. Visitors can draw inspiration from demonstrations delivered by a host of talented chefs who will showcase the rich local produce in creative ways. We will be joined on stage by Chef Joe Shannon (Radisson Blu), Chef Sham Hanifa (The Cottage Restaurant), Chef Pauric White (The Forge Restaurant), Kevin Redmond (Andys Bar & Restaurant), Chef Sean Redmond, Chef Edvardas Viliušis (Taste of Tuscany) local Dietician Edel Russell from the HSE, Taus and his team from the Eastern Balti and special appearance from Gerald Kean from Operation Transformation.
Streetfood is growing year on year and Monaghan will host a collection of some of the best from the region that will be serving delicious treats from tacos to crepes to smoked ribs. Food trucks are making it big by concentrating on a creating a small amount of dishes and perfecting them. Saturday the 28th of September will be your chance to sample all types of flavours.
All of our streetfood exhibitors have been encouraged to source and use local products in their unique dishes. Some of the local Street food connoisseurs will know, Blasta Street Kitchen with their Tex-Mex and barbeque and Turtle & Hare Dining with their delectable gluten-free baked treats. They will be joined by the Hungry Hipster, Il Carro Pizza, Baked with Love & Coffee Doc to name a few.
In addition to street food, we will welcome back some of our local and celebrity chefs to our demonstration kitchen which will be hosted in Church Square thanks to our sponsor Flo Gas, to display their favourite ways to prepare local ingredients in the home using simple techniques that can be mastered by any home cook. There will be lots of different types of demonstrations including healthy lunch packs and family meal planning.
The Street Food Festival will celebrate the food and products of Monaghan. It will focus on eating sustainably, and locally while also reducing waste. All the chefs, both on the demonstration stage and in the trucks, will be using and highlighting the outstanding products available locally. Entertainment for the kids including live performances, street art, music, graffiti artist workshops, face painting, and games plus craft vendors will make Monaghan Town the place to be for the whole family on the 28th of September.
This event couldn’t be delivered without the generous support of our excellent sponsors Castle Leslie Estate, Greenfield Foods, Monaghan Municipal District, Monaghan Shopping Centre, Silverhill Farm, and Specsavers Monaghan