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If you want to see Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi cooking up a Middle Eastern feast, or go foraging with René Redzepi and Alys Fowler, unfortunately you’re too late. But there are plenty of events still with ticket availability for next week’s Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine (May 16th-18th), from three-hour demonstrations in the cookery school to panel discussions, book readings and wine tastings.

With only days to go until the opening party for this year's Kerrygold Ballymaloe Litfest, it's hard to anticipate anything more exciting than the weekend ahead. As part of this electric lead in I'm thrilled to introduce John McKenna as my next guest blogger.


WE'RE all looking forward to Kerrygold Ballymaloe Lit-Fest next weekend, May 16-18, at Ballymaloe House in Shanagarry, east Cork.

This is the second Ballymaloe Lit-Fest and it has a fantastic line-up of events on offer, with demonstrations, dinners, cosy talks, panel discussions and other assorted attractions.

As most great chefs, Thomasina Miers is well traveled and draws inspiration from each region she's connected with – Ireland, England and (especially) Oaxaca, Mexico. As fresh Ballymaloe graduates, her and Clodagh McKenna traveled the Irish country-side selling their home-made pastas, sauces and sourdough. It's beautiful to imagine how such humble beginnings and hard work have gotten these two celebrated chefs where they are today.


Diana Kennedy is widely recognized as one of the most reliable authors and educators of regional Mexican cuisine. Her book From My Mexican Kitchen is a great guide through the techniques and subtleties of making authentic Mexican food. So throw away your pre-mixed spice blend and jarred salsa and let's get cooking!


Maggie Beer is a force to be reckoned with. With 9 cookbooks, this renowned Australian author believes in classic, wholesome cooking using simple, local ingredients. As I write about Beer, I can't help of think of her journey. It seems like she, and the other authors I've been blogging about, have been inspiringly ambitious and followed a passion that led to success.


As proud partners of the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Litfest16 we would like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone. In Ballymaloe we’ve found our perfect partner as, quite simply, we both love the unique taste of real Irish butter. In a very short space of time, the festival has established itself globally, attracting a celebrated line-up of chefs, cookery writers and food critics from around the world. This weekend will celebrate the superb quality, taste and naturalness of Irish ingredients and cooking, something we at Kerrygold are very proud to be associated with.


With less then two weeks to go until this years festival excitement is building on the Ballymaloe Farm. And to add to the excitement I am delighted to introduce Lilly Higgins as my next guest blogger.

Simon Hopkinson is a food renegade and has dedicated his life to searching out the best recipes – I can get into that! There is a refined approach to the recipes selected for Roast Chicken and Other Stories. They are sorted using basic ingredients and are lovingly crafted.

In the introduction of the cookbook, Hopkinson expresses the learning curve he needed to go through in order to write recipes in a precise manner.


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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.

Check out the video of Litfest 2015

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