Ballymaloe LitFest this weekend | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe

I'm bringing a jar of home-made sauerkrautand a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi's book Plenty to Ballymaloe today. Cheeseburger pizzas aren't on the menu. Instead there are more big names, food workshops, interviews, debates, tastings, and demonstrations than you could shake a cinnamon stick at

TOMORROW Noma chef Rene Redzepi - fresh from being crowned the world’s best chef once again will sit down for a conversation with John McKenna at 9.30am. The mother of Mexican cooking, Diana Kennedy, will give a cookery demonstration at 10am. Food writer Simon Hopkinson will talk to Rory O’Connell about his book Roast Chicken and Other Stories. Elsewhere Lilly Higgins will talk about her book, Dream Deli. Our own John Wilson will talk about the fascinating history of Spanish wines. Atl.30pm Redzepi and Guardian gardening writer Alys Fowler will bring the lucky people who booked early on a foraging walk.

On Saturday afternoon there will be a talk about forgotten skills with the head of the Nordic Food Lab, chef Ben Reade; fermentation guru Sandor Katz; Diana Kennedy; and journalist Joanna Blythman. Saturday rounds off at 7.30pm, when guests will sit down to a €110 dinner prepared by Ottolenghi and SamiTamimi.

SUNDAY In the morning, Ottolenghi and Tamimi will talk about the food of the Middle Eastand follow up with a cookery demonstration in the afternoon. Food writers Tom Doorleyand John McKenna will talk about the writing of Elizabeth David. The politics of food and wine will be discussed by a panelled by John Bowman. Chefs Martin Shanahan, Catherine Fulvio, Paul Flynn, Thomasina Miers, Rachel Allen (above), Ross Lewis and Donal Skehan will cook and talk food.

Irish Times food writer Marie-Claire Digby will live-blog the events on, and you can follow her on Twitter @mcdigby. There will also be interviews and news reports on more at


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