TICKETS HAVE started selling for this year’s Ballymaloe Litfest and, if the Twitter is to be believed, they’re flying out the door already.
If that is the case, I’m not surprised. Having gone on sale around 3pm today, the whole event sees Ballymaloe House (and the cookery school) effectively become Ireland’s capital of food for three days with a stellar lineup of speakers, talks, demos, tastings, discussions, fringe events and much more.
The one thing I said I would do more of in 2014 is get out and about to more events and Ballymaloe Litfest was always going to be on the cards.
Last year was the first year of the festival and in scorching sunshine, myself and Mycrofilms‘ Alan Slattery had hit the road for a day’s filming around the grounds of the house, the gardens and The Big Shed, picking up a host of interviews and chats for GIY Ireland, some of which you’ll find in their GrowHQ video below.
I’ve nabbed tickets to one of the Saturday afternoon sessions on food and wine blogging, so far, but there’s so much going on around the aforementioned house, gardens and shed that you could make a day of it no problem, not see an event and still have a blast. Better still if the weather that was there for it last year makes a return this year.
You can check out the full programme here, which includes demos from Ross Lewis, Rachel Allen, Diana Kennedy along with speakers including Colm McCann, Tim Hayward, Daniel Klein, Sally & John McKenna, Nick Strangeway, Leslie Williams, Tomas Clancy, Alys Fowler, Martin Shanahan, Catherine Fulvio, Donal Skehan, Nessa Robbins, Imen McDonnel, Lily Higgins, Darina Allen, Telmo Rodriguez, Tom Doorley and Noma’s René Redzepi.
All the details you’ll need, including ticket sales, can be found at Litfest.ie.
Missed it last year? Here’s a few photos from The Big Shed at Ballymaloe House that I picked up on the day over last year’s May Bank Holiday weekend. You’ll also find details on more Irish food events and festivals here.