The first ever literary festival dedicated to the celebration of food and wine, the Ballymaloe LitFest gets itself underway this evening with a whole world of talks, tastings and demos taking place across Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the surrounds of Ballymaloe House.
While I’ve yet to step foot in the place, I managed to cylce past the front door last June Bank Holiday weekend as part of a charity cycle. This weekend, two of us that were on the cycle are heading down, video cameras in tow to catch up with some of the GIY crew and take in some of the inaugural festival.
On that note, if you spot me on Sunday, don’t be afraid to come up and say hello – the cameras won’t be rolling the whole time
Speakers across the weekend include the likes of Alys Fowler, Caroline Hennesy, Claus Meyer, Darina Allen, Donal Skehan, Ella McSweeney, John Bowman, John McKenna, Neven Maguire, Suzanne Campbell, Tom Doorley that’s only for starters.
When it comes to the talks, which kick off tomorrow, you can look forward to (grab a printable programme here) sessions on the Nordic Food Revolution, Food Writing For The Digital Generation, Modern Dessert Making, a workshop on self-publishing, Modern Irish Cuisine and more besides.
The Big Shed too has a host of free events, with a chance to meet and chat to food producers, try wines, craft beers, whiskeys, walks, games and, the more you read, there’s pretty much something for everyone.
So, if you’re down Cork way for the weekend, consider popping along to LitFest, taking in some of the scenery around Shanagarry and soaking up the bank holiday in the People’s Republic.#
Get all the details and directions you need over at Litfest.ie.