Another Great Taste of Monaghan Festival takes place 3rd – 5th October 2014

At Taste of Monaghan 2014 the Festival Marquee will be packed with top quality producers.  We’ve also got a great line up of competitions and cookery demonstrations by acclaimed Irish chefs and personalities including -

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Ireland’s Good Food Ambassador, celebrated chef and author -
Jenny Bristow

Practical, good humoured and direct, Jenny Bristow’s personal cooking style  endears her to the hundreds of thousands who watch and enjoy her television programmes, read her books and experience her Masterclasses.

Her unique style of “cooking with a twist” balances the traditional with the modern, healthy with convenience and value with style.

Jenny’s passion for cooking and the home has inspired many, both young and old alike and created enthusiasm world-wide in the kitchen.

You’re bound to enjoy and learn from Jenny’s Cookery Demonstrations at Taste of Monaghan Festival of Food on Saturday 4th October 2014.


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Clodagh McKenna

Over the past 15 years, Clodagh McKenna has become one of the most recognized faces and brands in Ireland’s Food and Lifestyle sectors.

With her passion for food combined with her business savvy, Clodagh has developed her brand into an emerging business empire encompassing Clodagh’s Kitchen Restaurants, television shows, cookbooks and her food column in Ireland’s number 1 glossy magazine, The Gloss. More recently Clodagh has taken the US by storm with her hugely popular US show, Clodagh’s Irish Food Trails which aired on PBS and Create TV reaching audience levels of 15 million.

You’re in for a treat at Clodagh’s cookery demonstration on Sunday 5th October at Taste of Monaghan 2014.

Derval O Rourke Food for the Fast Lane Taste of Monaghan

Derval O’Rourke

We are delighted to welcome former Irish Sprint Hurdler, World Indoor Champion, multiple European Medallist and three time Irish Olympian Derval O’Rourke to the Taste of Monaghan 2014 programme.

World class athlete  Derval puts her experience to good use by writing, cooking and sharing her knowledge – mainly about sport and about a healthy lifestyle. We look forward to The Taste of Monaghan Launch of Derval’s new Cook Book “Food for the Fast Lane” at Taste of Monaghan 2014.  Derval will be signing her book at Taste of Monaghan as well as hosting a very interesting and no doubt  lively Q+A session.


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Brian McDermott – No Salt Chef

We are delighted to welcome Taste of Monaghan friend, TV/radio personality and Stop Food Waste Ambassador – Brian McDermott – The No Salt Chef – back to our 2014 Festival of Food.

One of Ireland’s most accomplished and innovative chefs, Brian initially became interested in cooking without salt for health reasons.  He soon discovered the many taste benefits of salt free cooking.

Brian will host the demonstration events in the Taste of Monaghan marquee and well as treating us to an excellent demonstrations himself.  Looking forward to that – Brian is a great chef and communicator!

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Jenny Eustace

We are very pleased to welcome Taste of Monaghan Favourite ,  Jenny Eustace, to our 2014 Festival.

An experienced and  expert chef,  Jenny is also New Product Development Manager at Silver Hill Farm

You’ll enjoy and learn from Jenny’s wonderful cookery demonstration in the Taste of Monaghan marquee on  Sunday 5th October 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!

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Peter McKenna

Chef to Saudi Princes, Russian Oligarchs and Co-owner/Chef at the multi-award winning Gannet restaurant, Glasgow.

Peter started his cooking career as a teenager in the Hillgrove Hotel and Mediterraneo Restaurant, Monaghan.  He then went on to work in Holland, London and Sydney.  Later he was appointed chef to a Saudi prince and a Russian oligarch.

Peter is now co-owner of and Chef at The Gannet – an award winning Scottish independent restaurant and bar in the vibrant Finnieston neighbourhood of Glasgow

The Gannet opened in October 2013, and to date has won Best Newcomer Restaurant in the Chefs in Scotland Excellence Awards 2014,  Best Newcomer in The List Eating and Drinking Awards 2014 and an AA Rosette Award.  The Gannet has also received glowing reviews in The Guardian, The Sunday Herald and The Scotsman.

Looking forward to seeing you at Taste of Monaghan 2014 Peter!

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Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland Chef

Adrian Martin

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.

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Paul Callaghan Aka Calso Cooks

 Paul is a plasterer by trade but in the recession his business ended and he had to adapt to change.  So Paul started growing his own fruit and vegetables in his own garden. This new hobby brought a new passion for cooking and baking.

Paul also created Paul’s blog attracted the attention of the media and he now has weekly slots with Clare FM and 2FM on the “Breakfast with Hector” show.  In January 2014 Paul released his debut cookbook ‘Calso Cooks: Real Food Made Easy and has since made a number of TV appearances.

So if you are interested in growing your own, cooking and baking make sure you catch Paul’s cookery demonstration at Taste of Monaghan 2014 – definitely one not to miss.

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 Latton’s very own RTE Masterchef Finalist
Jacinta Caraher

Wife, mother and amazingly talented chef, Jancinta got right through to the finals of RTE’s extraordinarily demanding Masterchef competition in 2012.

Janinta treated us to a great cookery demo at Taste of Monaghan 2013 and we look forward to savouring her culinary talents again this year.  No doubt, a few surprises in store!

And there’s more – Lots of competitions,  exhibits, tastings, entertainment and fun for all the family at Taste of Monaghan 2014.  Check out our Programme here.

If you would like to exhibit at Taste of Monaghan, information and Booking Forms are available here

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Link to Taste of Monaghan Contact Page here