The Irish Times: Ballymaloe Litfest Continues it's ascent. | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe

If you haven’t yet been to Litfest at Ballymaloe, you’ve been missing out on one of the most important global celebrations of food writing and food culture - as well as a chance to meet your favourite writers and restaurateurs in person,hear them speak, and maybe even eat something delicious cooked by them.This year’s event takes place on May 15th-17th, and the line-up of participants is as star-studded asusual. Chefs and restaurateursAlice Waters (pictured right) andApril Bloomfield are due to travelfrom California and New York.London’s multicultural food scene will be represented by Chinese food expert Fuchsia Dunlop,southern Mediterranean by Sam and Sam Clark of Moro, and Middle Eastern by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co.Other big names from the UK who are expected to attend are restaurateur Mark Hix, and food writers Allegra McEvedy and Jack Monroe. Paris-based food blogger and writer David Lebovitz has signed up, and wine writer Jancis Robinson and Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery head the line-up of beverage experts. JP McMahonand Kevin Thornton are among theIrish chefs taking part.As well as panel discussions and cookery demonstrations, there will be a series of eating and drinking opportunities and these sell out fast.Belfast restaurant Ox is doing the Saturday night dinner in the cookery school - billed as OX South, and Honey & Co are hosting lunch at Ballymaloe House, as well as doing a cookery demonstration.Fingers, and credit cards, at the ready: booking opens at 3pm next Wednesday, January 7th at


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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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