I went to the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine last weekend - a festival to celebrate foodwriters and of course food. Again, the creme de la creme of foodwriters came to East Cork and I was again in total awe.
I sat close to Jeremy Lee, listened to Simon Hopkinson and drooled over Ottolenghi. I ate my way around the Big Shed and saw wonderful workshops from sushi making to tortilla baking. I was in my personal heaven.
It was wonderful to catch up with some of Ireland’s best chefs, Paul Flynn, Mairead Jacobs from Idaho and enjoyed chats with Silvia from La Cucina and Deirdre and Declan from Arbutus.
I ate amazing fluffy marshmallows from Cloud and drank Driver’s Cider from Orchard. I was happy indeed. This year, the Drink Theater was introduced and tastings from whiskey to craft cider was to be enjoyed. Listening to some of the best wine writers talk about craft beer was extremely interesting and it was great to see that the hard work of these brewers was recognized by these giants of the wine world.
Festival administrator, Aoife McCann was a quiet oasis amongst the busy festival work. Her organisational skills are simply amazing and she and her hardworking team ensured that the festival went without a glitch.
Colm McCann is the organizer for the drink theater and here again, his calmness and enjoyment for bringing wonderful tastings to the public became apparent at the events. So, I'd like to say a big thank you to the entire team involved in making this event so enjoyable for the guests. The dates for next year’s festival have already been announced, so save the date for 15-17 May 2015 - you don’t
want to miss it.
This article was written by Elke O’Mahony email@example.com for the Cork Indpenedent: