J.R. Ryall's blog | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe
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With less than two weeks to go until LitFest 2016 I'm thrilled to introduce Cortney Burns, of Bar Tartine, as the next guest blogger. I was fortunate enough to eat at Bar Tartine several times, while I was staging at the Tartine Bakery in San Francisco in 2014. The restaurant's "made from scratch" philosophy has made it famous for inedible flavours and imaginative combinations. In this blog entry Cortney shares with us her passion cooking and tells us why she is excited to be visiting East Cork for the first time next week.

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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 

 
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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.
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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: 
 
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I'm thrilled to Introduce David Tanis as the the next guest to contribute to my blog. I first met David at the inaugural LitFest in 2013 and I'm delighted he is returning to Ballymaloe for this years Festival. David, amongst many other things, was previously the Chef of both the upstairs cafe and the downstairs restaurant at Chez Panisse. Now he writes a weekly "City Kitchen" column for the New York Times. In this entry David gives an exciting insight into his most recent visit to Sicily:
 
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I'm excited..... REALLY EXCITED.... With less than one week to go until the opening party for this year's LitFest I thought it would be fun to share a few picture from around Ballymaloe to give a sneak peak behind the scenes! Our good friends, The Queens of Neon, Yvonne Woods, Aoife Banville and Elemental Designs, arrived this week to transform The Big Shed into a wonderland of fun, one again. If you're free next Friday night and fancy some music, food and drinks swing by the The Big Shed. Everyone is welcome an entry is free. Doors open 7.30pm Friday 15th May 2015

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I'm delighted to introduce Tim Wendelboe, a former world barista champion (2004) and world tasting champion (2005) as the next guest to contribute to my blog. I first tasted Tim's coffee in Copenhagen two years ago and I'v been a huge fan of his ever since. In this entry Tim shares with us how his search for the perfect cup has shifted his focus from being a barista to becoming a farmer, roaster and cafe owner:
 
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I'm thrilled to Introduce Mary Dowey as the next guest to contribute to my blog. I first met Mary several years ago when she was hosting one of her sensational wine weekends at Ballymaloe House. In this entry Mary shares with us an insight into her events and tells us about her excitement to be returning to East Cork for this years festival:
 
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I'm delighted to introduce Nick Lander as the first guest to contribute to my blog for LitFest 2015.
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I felt butterflies in my stomach during the 3 hour drive from Mexico City. I was beyond excited to finally arrive. I had dreamt about this moment for months. I could hardly believe I was there! It was much more vivid in reality than I could ever have imagined. When I entered the airy kitchen for the first time two pots were gently simmering on the small gas burners built into a tiled “peninsula”. A large wooden table surrounded by chairs filled the other half of the room. One wall was dominated by a stunning collection of casuelas collected from across Mexico.

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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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