Litfest is 4.5 weeks away now and everything is gathering serious momentum. This year, when you arrive at Litfest16 you'll be welcomed by Darcie Mayland and her team at the Welcome Tent. We asked Darcie to introduce herself here prior to the festival....
I’ve got a confession to make. This will be my first LitFest. Yes, I get to be the one to welcome you all in to this beautiful food party, and yes, it’s my first time. I can’t tell you how excited I am.
My partner, little boy and I moved over to Cork not long ago from the UK. A major reason for choosing Cork is the amount of inspiring things that are happening here around food. Ballymaloe itself was also a draw to this part of the world. Generations of strong women, making things happen on their terms, these are my role models. If I were choosing my death row final meal, I’d never be able to make up my mind, but I could absolutely tell you it would be cooked by Darina Allen, Alice Waters and Rose Gray.
So it would definitely be the Irish Women in Food that I would be off to see on Saturday afternoon - Louise Bannon’s wealth of experience would be particularly compelling. I am someone who grows and cooks seasonally, so the ‘Local Hero, Global Hero’ theme at this year’s LitFest really speaks to me. As such, Danielle Nierenberg’s thoughts will be fascinating. Cortney Burns - along with Nicolaus Balla - has spearheaded this fermentation revolution, so after pickling all sorts this last year I’d love be further inspired by her. The Farmette cookbook is on my to-buy list so I’d take great pleasure in Imen McDonnell’s talk. Lastly, I used to live in Hackney and loved cycling to the Violet Bakery for treats on my day off, so Claire Ptak’s demonstration would be a delight for me. I use her books often and love her recipes.
After all that, naturally lunch would be at Ballymaloe House cooked by Skye Gyngell. Oh, it’s fully booked? No bother, I’ll just head to the Big Shed when I’m hungry. I’ve heard particularly good things about a stall called Mezze. See you there. You’ll know me because I’ll be one who welcomed you to Litfest. Yes, me!