‘Our Food – What’s The Story?’ Saturday Morning 101 | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe

Following on from last week’s blog, this week we are going to delve into what will happen during the Saturday morning ‘Our Food – What’s The Story?’ session at #Litfest16.

By now you’ve gathered that this year the Grainstore will be brought to life by short talks and presentations given by some pretty inspirational guests.  As well as that the weekend sessions in the Grainstore will be split into Saturday Morning, Saturday Afternoon, Sunday Morning and Sunday Afternoon.

To get the weekend off to a great start the Saturday morning of ‘Our Food – What’s The Story?’ will include Dr. Alessandro Demaio, Katie Sanderson, Anya Von Bremzen, Ari Weinzweig, Natalie Wheen, John McKenna and Shantanu Starick. A line up that is sure to impress, inspire and give insight into the world of food and sustainability. Read on to find out a little bit more about some of these spectacular speakers.

Katie Sanderson is a pioneer of creative and collaborative food projects. Katie created ‘Living Dinners’ focusing on raw food, ‘The Hare Café’ which served up vegetables and flowers as art and her latest, ‘The Dilisk Project’ that showcases seaweeds, home grown vegetables and fish.  ‘A restaurant on the edge of the world’ - Katie and Shantanu will speak about the Dilisk Project.

Natalie Wheen, the writer and one-time broadcaster on the Arts and classical music on BBC and Classic FM, is co-owner of AVLAKI Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oils. AVLAKI began in 1996 and has a unique wholesome approach to oil production, their olives are harvested by hand, blemished fruit removed, before being taken to the clean mill in shallow crates to avoid bruising.  Natalie will tell us ‘What Makes a Virgin an Extra Virgin’. 

Dr. Alessandro Demaio is a Medical Officer at the World Health Organisation, co-founder of NCDFREE and founder of Festival21. Alessandro comes from a medical background, leads a global social movement against noncommunicable diseases and stages a festival which celebrates community, food, culture and future. His talk,  ‘Local Change for International Effect’ is sure to kick off #Litfest16 to a great start.

Ari Weinzweig is CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman's Community of Businesses, a collective of nine specialized businesses in Michigan, USA, all of which aim to be holistic and good for the ecosystem. Ari has written several books about customer service, business practices, and leadership.  ‘A Lapsed Anarchist’ approach to business advocates for strong leadership and clearly documented structures and is passionate about openness and inclusion of employees.

Each session will take 15 minutes, after which attendees will get a chance to ask the questions that will no doubt be bubbling after the talks. A ticket to this morning session is €50 (including coffee break) or if you want to stay for the full day on Saturday €90. Well what are you waiting for? Grab yours today!


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Litfest - A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe is a weekend filled with fascinating facts, inspirational stories, intriguing discussions, incredible knowledge, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, delicious food and drinks.
It is the only festival of its kind in Ireland and has created an important hub for food and drinks enthusiasts worldwide to meet and share ideas with each other.

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