Taste of Monaghan 2016


A great big thank you to all who attended Taste of Monaghan 2016 and helped to make it such a great event.  Our thanks also to our great exhibitors, schools competitors, demonstrators, chefs and volunteers.  Thank you again.  We are currently considering plans for the 2017 event and will update the information soon.

In the meantime, just a little reminder of some of the great demos which featured on the Taste of Monaghan 2016 Programme.

Adrian Martinadrian martin taste of monaghan

Marrying culinary and butchering skills,  Adrian Martin trained with and worked under Neven Maguire for six years.   Adrian is a font of knowledge on how to chose, prepare, store and cook a range meats to enjoy them to the full.   Expect knowledge, expertise and interaction at Adrian’s demo in the Taste of Monaghan marquee.

joe shannon taste of monaghanJoe Shannon

Joe is a resident chef on TV3’s Ireland AM and is also Executive Chef of the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Sligo.  Joe is a seasoned award winning chef, whose work has taken him to all parts of the globe. As guest chef to the Irish Festivals in Abu Dhabi, he was invited to partake in the preparations of one of the Royal Family’s wedding.

Joe is a regular face and voice for media, where he is a regular contributor with Aidan Cooney on the hugely popular TV3 “Ireland AM”. He is also well known for his radio work with stations such as Ocean FM, MWR, Today FM, Newstalk, 2FM, BBC Northern Ireland to mention but a few, contributing a light hearted approach to recipes – adding fun and laughter on the way.
Joe is also well known for his charity works, raising hundreds of thousands of euro for many many worthy causes.

Joan Boyd

Described as the ‘Ultimate Traybaker’, Joan Boyd – the brain behind manyjoan boyd tray bakes taste of monaghantantalising delicaciesi – is not afraid to be creative.  Joan’s irresistable traybakes are  made with only the highest quality ingredients.  Refusing to compromise on quality or taste, Joan sources local and natural produce and insists on the only top quality ingredients.  A firm favourite at Monaghan Farmers’ Market, we always look forward to seeing Joan in action.  Her demo – like her tray bakes – are sure to go down a treat!

Cathy Mac Kenna

cathy mac kenna taste of monaghanTaste of Monaghan is delighted to welcome the very talented Cathy Mac Kenna – winner of TV3’s Great Irish Bake Off 2015 – to 2016 Festival.  Lots of innovation, creativity and entertainment in store from this wonderful Monaghan Baker. We look forward to seeing you there Cathy!

David Bez, Salad Pride

David Bez  Salad Pride Taste of MonaghanDavid Bez is a food lover with limited time; an Italian who cares about what’s on his plate; a designer who knows that you eat with your eyes first. Originally from Milan, David now lives in London where he works as an art director. He has always been in advertising and the graphic design industry. His blog, SaladPride, is followed by salad fans all over the world and has been publicised in the Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, Emerald Street, The Huffington Post and The Times. His first book, Salad Love, has been translated into 26 languages around the world. His second book, Breakfast Love, was published in February 2016. He look forward to meeting David at Taste of Monaghan 2016 and sharing his insights into the wealth of presentation techniques, flavours and variety which is to be had from the creative use of simple salad ingredients.  Another first for Taste of Monaghan 2016!

Liam Boland – Bia Maith

Liam Boland Taste of MonaghanLiam Boland cooks for hundreds of thousands of people every week – well, on social media at least.

The founder and chef at BiaMaith.ie went from professional chef to social media Culinary King after having to give up work due to ill health. His website is jam packed full of delicious, simple recipes that will turn anyone into an accomplished home cook. Liam’s following is growing daily and it’s easy to see why. He’s been on TV and radio and his debut book, “Good Food Made Simple”, was one of the best selling cookbooks in Ireland last Christmas. Come and see him cook up a storm with some of his signature dishes – he’s sure to inspire you with his skills.

 Gerry Falloonajerry falloona

Gerry Faloona is one of Ireland’s best known demonstration chefs focusing as he does on making food entertaining. He has worked at some of the UK’s top food shows demonstrating food for food organisations but is most at home being challenged by products & time in a kitchen on a public stage. His wit and humour are legendary and attending his demonstration during a taste of Monaghan is an absolute must. Some of the food shows Gerry has worked at include: Catex, Shop & BBC Good Food Shows.

Matthew Luca

Matthew Luca learned the fundamentals of good old matthew luca taste of monaghanfashioned Italian hospitality from an early age.   During his professional career Matthew  worked in the busy kitchens of many well known Italian Restaurants and later proceeded to further his knowledge at Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood Café, Knightsbridge, under the mentorship of Chef Stuart Gillies, learning Michelin standard food preparation and service.

During his period as Head Chef at The Hill Gate, Notting Hill and the Core Grill, Paddington Matthew often invited local celebrities for a cook-a-long in the kitchen.  These included comedian Harry Enfield – who wanted to learn how to make his unique prawn cocktail – and other high profile names such as Madonna, Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr., who visited his Organic restaurant in Paddington when filming for the first Sherlock Holmes movie.

Following the birth of his daughter Matthew relocated to Ireland and  has begun to find out what makes him feel food the most, “Per la famiglia”  – “For the Family”.   “It’s not about the fuss of food” says Matthew.  “It’s about doing something you love in your heart for the people you care about the most – and Italian food is all about that.  Whether you’re kneading focaccia bread or filling ravioli this is something that the whole family can do together and teaches us all the good things in life.  Italian food is all about sharing and it’s these memories over the years that I the love most”.

Jenny Eustace, Silver Hill Foods

An experienced and  expert chef,  Jenny is also New Product Development jenny eustace silver hill farm at taste of monaghanManager at Silver Hill Farm

You’ll enjoy and learn from Jenny’s wonderful cookery demonstration  and find out more about how to make the most of our wonderful local duck – produced in Emyvale and sought and relished  throughout the world!


Frank Forde – Cook, Impersonator, Comedian

Frank Forde Taste of MonaghanIn yet another Taste of Monaghan first, we are happy to welcome Cook, Impersonator and Comedian – Frank Forde – to Taste of Monaghan 2016. The multi-talented Frank has successfully carved out a career in comedy over the last 30 years both in Ireland and abroad. Frank has entertained at many public and private events and is perhaps best known for his many TV and radio performances. You may have caught Frank on the very popular “Funny Friday” Show. An expert impersonator, you never know what surprise Guests Frank may bring along to Taste of Monaghan with him! It’s sure to be a bit of craic anyway!

Cocktail Demo by renowned Cocktail Maestro eddie edvis coctails taste of monaghanEddie Edvis Rudzinskas

Eddie has won so many accolades at this stage that it is hard to keep count of them all.  Can’t wait to welcome him back to Taste of Monaghan to witness and sample his cocktail magic!

And there’s more – Lots of competitions,  exhibits, tastings, live music, poetry, pottery, entertainment and fun for all the family at Taste of Monaghan 2016.

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