Sunday Morning, ‘Our Food - What’s The Story’ at #Litfest16 | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe

At Litfest HQ preparations to make the ‘Our Food – What’s The Story’ talks at Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival unforgettable are well underway, and we are mindful that that talks and presentations are impactful, relevant and resonant.

Sunday Morning in the Grainstore at ‘Our Food – What’s The Story’ will be eye opening as topics such as climate change and how it affects our food, what we can do to tackle food waste and farming the soil are discussed. Climate change is happening right before our eyes and we need to do all that we can to make a difference, which is why you will see the ‘Local Hero, Global Hero’ stamp dotted all over the festival. Every. Little. Change. Helps.

Participants in this session include Danielle Nierenberg Founder of Food Tank, Eoin Mac Cuirc of The Bia Food Initiative, Jeremy Lee Head Chef of Quo Vadis Soho, Mark Diacono of Otter Farm, Anya Von Bremzen  food writer, Milo McCarthy who raised much needed funds for the Syrian refugees and Madeleine McKeever of Brown Envelope Seeds. As you can see it is another session which is jam packed with hard-hitting, world class participants, a morning filled with unmissable conversation! Let’s take a closer look at a few of these participants…

Danielle Nierenberg is an American, author and journalist, as well as an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. Danielle co-founded Food Tank in 2013 a non-profit organization focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. The first Food Tank Summit was held in 2015 and is now an annual event. Her knowledge of global agriculture issues has been cited widely in more than 8,000 major print and broadcast outlets worldwide, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today to name just a few.  Her discussion on Climate Change and Our Food will kick off Sunday morning in the Grainstore at #Litfest16 and set the day up for worthwhile and meaningful discussions.

Ella McSweeney is a radio and television broadcaster for RTE and BBC whose work focuses on farming, food and environmental issues. Ella presents RTE's flagship food and farming TV series, Ear to the Ground, and she also reports for BBC Radio 4's Farming Today and The Food Programme. Ella has written for the Guardian, Irish Times, Irish Examiner and other publications. In 2015, she was part of a Guardian team which published a year-long investigation into the use of migrant workers in the Irish fishing industry. Ella has also won two national Agricultural Journalism Awards in Ireland for radio and print journalism, and in 2015 she won the International Federation of Agricultural Journalist star prize for broadcasting for her report on antibiotic use in Irish agriculture. Ella along with some farmers will partake in a panel discussion on ‘Farming the Soil’.

Anya Von Bremzen is one of the most accomplished food writers of her generation; winner of three James Beard awards, a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure Magazine and the author of five acclaimed cookbooks. Anya grew up on regional cooking and has travelled extensively throughout the former Soviet Union, visiting professional chefs, touring markets, and sampling and gathering dishes. Her latest cookbook ‘Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking’, is described by the New York Times as "an ambitious food memoir that is also a meticulously researched history of the Soviet Union.”  Anya believes in the transformative power of food, that cooking can transfigure our drab lives and transport us to some magical elsewhere.

‘Our Food – What The Story’ talks -  each partcipant will take 15 minutes, after which attendees will get a chance to ask the questions that will no doubt be bubbling after the talks. A ticket to this morning session is €50 (including coffee break) or if you want to stay for the full day on Sunday €90. Well what are you waiting for? Grab yours today!

Welcome Sunday AM 09.45 - 10.00
Climate Change and Our Food with Danielle Nierenberg, Founder of Food Tank Sunday AM 10.00 - 10.15
Tackling Food Waste Eoin Mac Cuirc of The Bia Food Initiative explains how Sunday AM 10.20 -10.35
Jeremy Lee head chef of Quo Vadis, London reads a favourite piece of food writing. | Herbs I Can’t Cook Without Mark Diacono from Otter Farm, Devon. | A Time for Foie a short film by award winning film makers Perennial Plate. Sunday AM 10.40 - 10.55
Questions and Answers with speakers from this session Sunday AM 11.00 - 11.15
Coffee Break Sunday AM 11.15 - 11.45
Farming the Soil a panel discussion with Ella McSweeney and farming friends Sunday AM 12.05 - 12.20
Milo Busks - Milo McCarthy. | Seed Saving - Madeleine McKeever of Brown Envelope Seeds. Sunday AM 12.25 - 12.40
Questions and Answers with speakers from this session Sunday AM 12.45 - 13.00
Lunch Sunday AM 13.00-14.45


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