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Foodie Destination

The Restaurants Association of Ireland organises an annual competition called Foodie Destination through which an area of the country is selected as the Foodie Destination for that year. Monaghan has succeed in reaching the top 10 for the past two years and again now in 2018 they are in that prestigious company.  The ultimate winner of the competition will be a destination that actively promotes itself through joint promotional activities such as food festivals, gourmet trails or farmers’ markets, as well as great dining experiences for locals and visitors alike. Plans for future growth and investment in the food and hospitality industry at a local level will also be taken into consideration by the judges.  The purpose of this project is to encourage food tourism initiatives across the country. The 2018 competition is now in the final stage where judges visit the various areas for 50% of the marks while the general public can vote and their votes makes up the other 50%. The areas through this year are: Armagh; Boyne Valley; Cavan; Derry City & Strabane District Council; Galway Gastronomy; Kilkenny; Kinsale; Mid & East Antrim Borough Council; Monaghan and Glaslough and Sligo Food Trail. Last week the judges were in Monaghan and we are confident that they departed with a very high regard for what Monaghan has to offer and hopefully when added to the votes of the Monaghan public it will be sufficient to take the title. The Judges, Wendy Kavanagh and Zack Gallagher began the tour with a meeting in Teach na nDaoine, which was followed by a cycle, on the Drumlin Trail ebikes to Rossmore. There a number of providers displayed a Food Showcase highlighting produce grown and developed in county and, appropriately, a Giant Breakfast was served to all in full view of the Giant and with backing music by Dan Bracken. The party then headed for Andy's for a Gin Experience and then to Glaslough where they were welcomed by members of the Tidy Towns committee. Gareth Corrigan gave them a 'taste' of the work and achievements of Glaslough in the Tidy Towns competition over the years from the 70's. They also heard from the Senior members of the Junior Tidy Towns group. The judges also visited Patricia Thom in her 'Chocolate Factory' and were very impressed with her work there. Kevin Kenny then escorted the visitors to the Walled Garden in the Castle Leslie grounds and hence by carriage to the Castle itself. There all enjoyed afternoon tea and all the time information was being sought and delivered. We hope that Wendy and Zack were duly impressed with the entire visit to Monaghan and Glaslough and now it is up to the general public to go online at - www.foodiedestination.ie and cast your vote for Monaghan and help it become the Best Food Destination in the land.

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