Taste of Monaghan Festival
Taste of Monaghan is an annual festival showcasing local produce and eating venues in and around Monaghan, including exhibits by local and international artisan food producers, wine & whiskey tastings, special festival menus in local bars and restaurants, and cookery demonstrations.
Monaghan County Council sponsors cookery demonstrations as part of the festival, with a special emphasis on preventing food waste and reusing leftovers. This year the demonstrations were by Brian McDermott and Shiela Kiely, two Stop Food Waste Ambassadors (for more information see www.stopfoodwaste.ie).
Monaghan County Council arranged to have a stop food waste stand at the festival which proved to be very popular. They also involved the local Tidy Towns committee to manage the waste stations at the festival. This increased the segregation rate at the festival. However, there were some issues with the waste contractor that arose which need to be addressed in the future, so that accurate figures can be kept.
In 2013 there were some new food waste prevention initiatives in conjunction with Stop Food Waste. More information here.
Here is a video made by Monaghan County Council, in conjunction with a local food establishment in Monaghan town and the EPA, to highlight the costs associated with unnecessary food waste:
For more information on greening this event contact:
Nial O’Connor, Monaghan County Council
Tel: 047 30556; 087 2283466