26 August 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan has been announced as one of the Top Ten in the 2016 “Foodie Destinations” finalists in a competition run by the Restaurants Association of Ireland.

The recently formed Co Monaghan Food Network made an application for a “Foodie Destination” designation as one of their initial projects, and Monaghan’s selection in the Top Ten is regarded as a highly prestigious achievement for a first-time entrant to the contest.

Previously known as “Foodie Towns”, the “Foodie Destinations” initiative was formed as part of the 2014 Irish Restaurant Awards but proved to be so popular that it became its own entity in 2015.

“Its aim is to celebrate Ireland’s unique and wonderful food offerings and to encourage local food tourism initiatives across the country,” the Restaurants Association said in a press statement announcing the Top Ten list.

Monaghan joins Cong, Dublin Coastal Village (Howth, Malahide and Skerries) and Leitrim as new entrants to the finalist list, which is also made up of Boyne Valley, Derry, Kilkenny, Sligo, The Burren (last year’s overall winner) and the Loop Head Peninsula.

Each of the ten finalists will now receive a pre-arranged visit by a pair of independent assessors in the coming weeks.
This assessment will be combined with a national voting campaign, where the public can choose their winning …

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