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If you haven’t yet been to Litfest at Ballymaloe, you’ve been missing out on one of the most important global celebrations of food writing and food culture - as well as a chance to meet your favourite writers and restaurateurs in person,hear them speak, and maybe even eat something delicious cooked by them.This year’s event takes place on May 15th-17th, and the line-up of participants is as star-studded asusual.

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It’s never too early to start planning for one of the most important events on the culinary calendar as tickets for the third Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine go on sale from 7 January.Taking place from 15-17 May, the festival sees big name chefs from all over the world congregate at the renowned east Cork site as well as wine makers, restaurateurs, cocktail specialists, coffee roasters and many more who excel in the field of gastronomy. American culinary pioneer, Alice Waters, has already been confirmed for this year's event.

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Well, what a crazy few weeks leading up to what was to be the most inspiring collection of food writers, chefs, filmmakers and food lovers! Besides all the amazing workshops, discussions and cooking demos, there was plenty to do at The Big Shed.

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The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine was surrounded by a fabulous setting and a magical atmosphere throughout the weekend again this year. It was filled with fascinating facts, inspirational stories, intriguing discussions, incredible knowledge, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, delicious food and drinks all weekend long.

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Hailed as one of the most fashionable modernday cookery writers, Yotam Ottolenghi was, for me, the star of the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine sponsored by Kerrygold.

The Israeli-born chef, who has seduced bon vivants in London with his excellent cuisine and his books, Plenty, Jerusalem and Ottolenghi: the Cookbook, travelled to east Cork for the festival last weekend accompanied by his small son, Max.

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I went to the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine last weekend - a festival to celebrate foodwriters and of course food. Again, the creme de la creme of foodwriters came to East Cork and I was again in total awe.

I sat close to Jeremy Lee, listened to Simon Hopkinson and drooled over Ottolenghi. I ate my way around the Big Shed and saw wonderful workshops from sushi making to tortilla baking. I was in my personal heaven.

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An American, a Finn, an Englishman and an Irishman walk into a food festival…

Last Saturday we rocked up to Ballymaloe in the Insert Title delivery van, not entirely sure what to expect from the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine. What exactly was a “Literary Festival of Food & Wine”? Would there be books on food and wine? Would there be actual food and wine? Would we get to meet famous chefs? Would I be drunk and well fed, soon? The short answer to all of these questions is “yes”; the long answer is…

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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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