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“Too many cooks spoil the broth”… but it you get enough of them together you end up with an almighty festival unlike any other!

With the first ever Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine only two days away, I thought it would be fun to share some behind the scene pictures from around Ballymaloe House. Everyone at Ballymaloe is working very hard to make this the festival of a lifetime which, I’m sure you will agree, it will be.

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Scott, a colleagues of mine, was once overheard saying “JR would go to the opening of an envelope, on an island, at midnight in a storm!”. And it’s true, I probably would! I have always loved a good day out. And given the chance I will pop up at any food and wine event that I can make it to when not in work. Taking a train, boat or even a flight only adds to the fun! Last Thursday saw the launch of the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and wine and with it, the opportunity for my much loved “Big Day Out”.

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I’m so delighted to introduce Matthew Forts guest blog entry. Here Matthew whets the appetite by sharing his expectation for the first ever Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine…

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Skye Gyngell, one of my all time favourite chefs and food writers, shares her excitement of returning to Ballymaloe for the first ever Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine in her guest blog entry:

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I’m delighted to introduce the next guest blogger Stevie Parle. Stevie’s blog entry really gets the mouth watering with his passionate words. Here he shares the source of his inspiration and explains his approach to cooking. After reading his post, I’m sure you will agree, it’s easy to see why Stevie is hailed as one of the hottest voices on the London food scene:

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From bright and bold to simple and sweet, food and wine has provided great inspiration for literature over the past centuries.


To spice things up a bit, I will invite some of the speakers who will be at the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine to contribute special entries to this blog. I am delighted to introduce Tom Doorley as the first guest, and here is his post:


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Senator Feargal Quinn once said, ”Sex didn’t exist in Ireland until Gay Byrne hosted the Late Late show, and taste buds didn’t exist in Ireland until Myrtle Allen opened her restaurant at Ballymaloe!”.

It is therefore no surprise to any of us that Ballymaloe will be hosting the first ever literary festival of food and wine… Even typing the name gets me excited!… But since Myrtle’s early days as a chef and food writer the Irish food scene had quite simply exploded!


I could hardly believe my eyes… Is this for real?… I had to pinch myself!… Is this possible?… I was traveling in Thailand when the news reached me… I knew it would be impressive but I had never imagined it to be so exceptional!


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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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