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I'm thrilled to introduce Ari Weinzweig of Zingerman's Deli in Michigan as the next guest to contribute to the blog. In this entry Ari tells us why he started food writing and he shares his excitement for coming to LitFest 2016.

Books and Ballymaloe 

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....
Kevin Sheridan of Sheridans Cheesemongers, one of my favourite shops in Ireland, is the next star speaker of LitFest 2016 to contributeto the blog. In his blog entry Kevin shares with us how he and his brother Seamus set up their brilliant business:It is twenty one years since myself and Seamus set up a stall on the St Nicholas Saturday market in Galway city. We had built a rudimentary table and covering, we had a small kitchen scales and a few chefs knives.
I'm thrilled to introduce Prue Leith, one of the guest speakers coming to LitFest16, as the first guest to contribute to my blog. Last year Prue came as an ordinary punter and had this to say about Ireland in her Spectator Diary: 

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.


The more that we talk about the Grainstore at #Litfest16 the more enthused we get about the ‘Our Food- What’s The Story’ talks and the speakers we have lined up. The Saturday afternoon session is going to bring magic, music, cheese and much more to #Litfest16.


Following on from last week’s blog, this week we are going to delve into what will happen during the Saturday morning ‘Our Food – What’s The Story?’ session at #Litfest16.


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?


Jeanne Kelly (Kerrygold), Rory O'Connell, Darina Allen, Brian Cleere (Kerrygold)


What better way to re-ignite the Litfest blog than by spilling the beans on the #Litfest16 launch in London last week. We took a brief break from Litfest HQ and hopped on a plane to London for a whirlwind trip.


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About Litfest

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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