Next week we will be launching the new Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine website and announcing the guest participants for Litfest16!
LitFest will continue to celebrate food and drinks writing, but the team is making plans to evolve the festival into the future. Next year they will introduce a new strand to the festival, with an element that shines a light on some of the food stories that have not yet been put on paper – hot off the mind as distinct from off the press – giving us the most up to the minute news of what’s happening in the world of food and drinks.
As in previous years, Litfest will be welcoming the experts – food writers, famous chefs, food and environmental activists, avant-garde farmers big and small, filmmakers and photographers, soil experts and bee-keepers, wine makers, distillers, brewers, and policy makers but the team is making plans to evolve the festival into the future.
We are planning to transform The Grainstore into an exciting auditorium becoming the epicentre of the festival next year. Over the weekend, The Grainstore will stage a thought-provoking and inspiring series of short talks and presentations from both the published and not yet published. Gathering an interesting and dynamic pool of professionals, writers, experts and authorities from at home and around the world, the festival will focus minds and thoughts by starting the weekend with the question “Our food – what’s the story?”
While still curating a jam-packed schedule of cookery demonstrations, foraging expeditions, guest chef lunches and dinners, drinks talks and tastings, pop-up restaurants and lots of free-range fringe activities in the Ballymaloe House and Cookery School gardens, the Big Shed and across the many venues, we aim is to arouse interest, inspire conversation and above all, to create action.
Moving forward, our dictum will be Global Hero -Local Hero