What’s the Story with the Grainstore? | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe

This year The Grainstore is going to have a whole different setup to previous years and will bring a new edge to the Litfest, a fast-paced, dynamic and enthusiastic edge. Oh? I hear you perk up… read on because we don’t throw those words around lightly. We at Litfest HQ know that this year The Grainstore will be the shining gem of #Litfest16 and is an event not to be missed.
So what is it exactly?
At Litfest16, The Grainstore will be transformed into an exciting auditorium staging a thought-provoking and inspiring series of short talks and presentations, giving us the most up to the minute news of what’s happening in the world of food and drinks. By gathering an interesting and dynamic pool of writers, experts, authorities and interested parties from at home and abroad, this event will focus our minds and thoughts on the question “Our food – what’s the story?”
Simply, some really inspirational people giving short talks and or presentations on food and drinks, all based around the theme ‘Our food – what’s the story?, focusing on our minds on the mantra ‘Local Hero, Global Hero.’
These presentations will be broken into four sessions over the weekend - Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon. During these sessions each speaker will have a short 15minute slot so attendees will get to hear a number of speakers during each session, all of which are sure to get thought processes flowing and inspiration to make a difference when it comes to food and sustainability.
Local Hero, Global Hero. What does this mean?
We want to focus everyone on the future of our food and we believe that we all have our part however small to play, hence our dictum for the weekend, Local Hero, Global Hero. The Litfest team want everyone to be inspired to realise that every little change that we make towards a more sustainable future, counts. In unity, little changes can make a big impact globally.
Who are the presenters?
Where to start… Powerhouses like, Francis Mallmann who is featured in the Netflix documentary “The Chef’s Table”, Dr. Alessandro Demaio who is the Medical Health Officer with the World Health Organisation, Co-Founder of NCDFREE and of festival21, Danielle Nierenberg Founder of Food Tank, Professor Ted Dinan of UCC, Prue Leith food writer and novelist and Eric Werner and Mya Henry from “Hartwood” in Mexico will all be speaking in The Grainstore. That’s not even close to the full list, there will also be John McKenna curator of “The 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland”, Katie Sanderson of the “Dilisk Project” and Shantanu Starick an award winning international photographer, Kevin and Seamus Sheridan of “Sheridans Cheesemongers”, Elisabeth Luard food writer and Ella McSweeney the TV and radio presenter and many, many more.
The Grainstore this year is a place where you will hear all of your favourites in one place, a place where meaningful and impactful conversations will unfold, a place that will surpass expectations and make Litfest16 the best Litfest yet.
To find out more about who is speaking during which session in the Grainstore have a look at the full programme. Tickets for the half-day sessions will be priced at €50 each or €90 for a full-day. A two day weekend ticket will cost €170.


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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.
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