Butchery Demonstrations

Where and When

→ Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 in Monkstown
→ Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 in Rathcoole
→ Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 in Clonmel
→ Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 in Rathcoole

Time: 6.30pm to 10.00pm

Monkstown - Avoca Food Market, Monkstown Crescent, Monkstown, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Rathcoole - Avoca Food Market, Fitzmaurice Rd, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin, Ireland




Our evening butchery demonstrations take place in Avoca Food Hall, Monkstown, home to our Dublin branch of James Whelan Butchers and also in our new location in the Avoca food market in Rathcoole. Two of our master butchers will demonstrate knife skills, pork and beef butchery while you sit back and enjoy the experience.


18.45 – 19.00 Introduction

Welcome and catch your breath after a long day with a glass of wine and some of our very own James Whelan sausage rolls.

19.00 – 19.20 Knife Play

This introduction to the course starts with the most important tip of all : using knives safely. We know that a blunt knife is a dangerous knife, so we will demonstrate the correct sharpening process of knives, what tools to use when sharpening and how to approach different knives in different ways. At the end of the evening, we will present you with your own knife which will be invaluable for safely managing butchery at home.

19.20 – 20.20 A Celebration of Pork

We begin our meat demonstration by focusing on cutting and butchering an entire side of pork. During this section, you will gain a better understanding of all the cuts, how to cook them and give you the confidence to walk into a butcher’s shop and buy whatever you want. We also explain the characteristics of what makes really superb pork.

20.20- 20.30 Break

A quick break to stretch your legs

20.30-21.30 The Sweet Secrets of Beef

During this demonstration, we ignore the familiar and concentrate on the forequarter of beef to show you the more unfamiliar cuts of beef including the Jacobs Ladder, the Blade, Feather and Bowler steaks.

21.30-22.00 Nibbles and Natter

Please join us for a glass of wine and sample some of our slow roasted pulled pork shoulder, while we chat about what we’ve learned during the evening. You’ll leave with a new found appreciation of the magic of meat and a gift bag containing a knife, a protective glove, some of our fabulous meat and recipe sheets.

Register for the Butchery Demonstration

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