County Monaghan’s food businesses and producers take centre stage this summer with the Monaghan Tourism Summer of Food Series, highlighting several of the county’s leading food businesses and foodie experiences, with a particular emphasis on what’s new, innovative and unique about each. Videos and imagery telling the fascinating stories behind each business will be released over the next few weeks via Monaghan Tourism’s social media channels. Followers can also expect travel and recipes ideas through themed blog content, and mouth-watering food and drinks prizes.
Meet Monaghan’s food heroes. Many are award-winners and champions of local produce, and all serve to make Monaghan a more enticing place to visit.
From Silver Hill Farm in Emyvale, home of the ‘world’s best duck’, to Brehon Brewhouse, the award-winning micro-brewery set on a working dairy farm in Inniskeen, we learn more about the producers championing the finest local produce and making our mouths water in a summer-long showcase.
All businesses taking part have a physical presence that you can visit for yourself, be it a food truck, market stall or fixed premises. So get out and about, explore and taste Monaghan this summer!
A traditional Irish pub with a lively trad scene and surprise food offering – authentic, wood-fired Italian pizza.
This highly Instagrammable village pizzeria is known for its fabulous floral displays, as well as its gourmet pizzas topped with the finest local ingredients.
Kevin Redmond presides over the encyclopaedic gin menu here at his family restaurant, which includes ‘cooked’ gins flavoured with seasonal, local ingredients such as rhubarb and elderflower.
This buzzing Main Street café and micro-roastery is a go-to for coffee lovers, run by Brian Birdy, former Irish Cup Tasters Champion, and alumnus of Antwerp’s Cafenation and 3FE.
Farm-to-fork food truck from Seany McCleary and team, inspired by 5 years working and travelling the world.
Joshua Dennis is a regular at Glaslough Market and at Monaghan Town Farmers’ Market, his traditionally fermented, unfiltered kombucha flavoured with seasonal, local ingredients.
Award-winning micro-brewery set on a dairy farm in the rolling drumlins of Inniskeen.
Fine-dining destination in the heart of Carrickmacross, holder of the prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand.
Celebrating 50 years in business this year, this award-winning family-run bakery and café chain has numerous awards under its belt.
Small-batch artisan chocolatier in the heart of Glaslough village, everything here is handmade, from fillings and decoration to packaging.
Old-fashioned Irish pub transformed into a cosy coffee bar, complete with light lunch options and home-made sweet treats.
The homemade sausage rolls, including black pudding and pork butchered by Michael Ward are a must-try here. Son Stephen runs front-of-house, while sister Annmarie is chief baker.
Run by Jenn Gonnelly, the Monaghan Taste Club promises a new way for people to discover food offerings, restaurants and events in Monaghan.
Rosa and Ed run this authentic Spanish food truck, serving an array of paellas and tasty sides, including croquetas and patatas bravas.
Tea, coffee, light lunches and home-made scones and bakes served in beautiful Inniskeen, a stone’s throw from the Patrick Kavanagh Centre.
The ‘best duck in the world’ so say top chefs, including Heston Blumenthal. Visit the on-site farm shop and (seasonal) The Duck Truck, to sample ‘quackos’, duck burger and more.
The award-winning Snaffles is a fine-dining experience not to be missed; a celebration of the very best seasonal, local ingredients deftly prepared by executive head chef, Aaron Duffy, and his team.
Professional chef, Val O’Kelly, is a regular at Monaghan Town Farmers’ Market, with his tasty range of jams, condiments and relishes made right here in Monaghan.
Run as a social enterprise, The Local is an organic wholefoods store, with a focus on local, ethical and sustainable produce.
Come for the food, stay for the view! Overlooking the spectacular Lough Muckno, The View offers fantastic dining in wonderful surroundings.
To find out more about the featured businesses, follow Monaghan Tourism on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), @MonaghanTourism, where profiles will be released throughout over the summer. There will also be some fantastic food prizes up for grabs.
Join the conversation by using the hashtags, #MyMonaghan #moretomonaghan #summeroffood
The Monaghan Summer of Food Series was made possible thanks to funding from the Rural Innovation Development Fund, an Agri-Food Tourism initiative from the Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine.