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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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Last Sunday night Katherine O’Leary was still ironing. Such madness of disorganisation was the result of ‘swanning’ off to the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival.

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Start stockpiling dried Iranian limes Ottolenghi fans. They are one of the ingredients Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi will champion in Plenty More, his new book due out in September.

The man who put sumac into supermarkets wowed an audience of Yotamites yesterday morning, talking about Middle Eastern food at the Ballymaloe Litfest. On Saturday night, he and fellow chef Sami Tamimi cooked a €110 a head meal for 70 people.

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Large scale agriculture is not the only way to feed a growing world population, US food activist Sandor Katz told a panel at the Ballymaloe Litfest yesterday.

“Less than one per cent of the US population is involved in the direct production of food,” he said. And this was a direct result of labour-saving large scale agriculture.

People have been sold the seductive idea that there is “no need to toil in the soil” he said. Instead we are “encouraged to think of ourselves primarily as consumers, which is an infantalising role”.

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WILD beach roses, spruce shoots and March violets are not ingredients that can be found in any supermarket - but they are part of the dazzling new palette of flavours served up by world-famous chef Rene Redzepi.

So when the Danish maestro, who heads the kitchen at the world’s best restaurant Noma, offered to give a workshop on foraging at the inaugural Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine, it was bound to unearth some delicacies the rest of us might have dismissed as mere weeds in the undergrowth.

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The second Kerrygold Ballymaloe Litfest of Food & Wine ended last night where it all began just 48 hours previously, in the ‘Big Shed’ at Ballymaloe House in East Cork.

A crowd of revellers made up of performers, audience members, and festival staff whooped it up into the wee hours at the closing party for the world’s only literary festival dedicated solely to food and drink.

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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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