Shaneod's blog | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe
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So, we're going to have to wait until 2019 for another Ballymaloe Litfest, but based on the success of last weekend's fifth festival, it will be well worth waiting for. Hat tip to (1) Rory O'Connell, festival manager, pictured with London chef Jacob Kenedy (whose recipes featured in Weekend this month) and Rory's sister Darina Allen, who needs no introduction. Read Article
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The EU's Commissioner for Health and Food Safety has hit out food waste, calling it "immoral".
 
Speaking yesterday at the Ballymaloe Litfest, in Co Cork, Vytenis Andriukaitis spoke about how he was born in Siberia, in a Soviet gulag, where food was scarce.
 
Mr Andriukaitis highlighted how Irish innovation FoodCloud, an app-based invention which Tesco uses to redistribute its surplus food to charities and the community, could help in tackling wastage.
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The food festival, which created some great memories last weekend, is taking a one-year break

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It was another memorable weekend at the fourth Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine, with another sell-out crowd in excess of 8,000 in attendance. Marie-Claire Digby asked some of the participants to tell us about something that made an impression on them, or something that they learned at Litfest.
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The Irish Times compiled a list of the best tweets from Litfest'17. 
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The Ballymaloe Litfest of Food and Wine

19-21 May, 2017
 
East Cork, Ireland
 
This is a recent addition to the festival calendar, starting in 2013. It takes place at Ballymaloe House and Cookery School, and now attracts a range of international writers, chefs, foragers and TV presenters.
 
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In some ways, the festival is the ultimate holiday. A life-changing experience, crammed into a few days, which transforms you from jaded commuter into free spirit, or opens your mind through art, music, poetry, performance.
 
Glastonbury may have sold out in seconds flat - but there are enough festivals around the world to keep us happy all year long, from literary highs to euphoric trance. So pack your wings and stilts. Take your clothes off and paint your bum blue, try unidentifiable street food and circus skills, crowd-surf to the front and 
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Filmmaker Brian McGinn talks about his hit Netflix show and his hopes to show the world it has been wrong about Irish food.
 
Brian McGinn likes nothing better than finding out he’s completely wrong about a country’s food. “As an American, I thought Russian food was just caviar and vodka,” he explains. But directing a new episode of Netflix’s Chef’s Table from The White Rabbit in Moscow has been eye-opening. “They’ve been fermenting food in the same way the Scandinavians have hundreds of years before Noma became popular.”
 
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The Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine, widely regarded as one of the best food festivals in the world and which attracted an audience of more than 8,000 people to the cookery school and hotel in Shanagarry, Co Cork last May, is to undergo a radical overhaul in 2017.
 
From next year, the event will be known as the Ballymaloe Food & Drinks Literacy Festival, or LitFest – as in previous years – but with an emphasis on food literacy, responsibility and sustainability, rather than food and drink literature.
 
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Litfest is 4.5 weeks away now and everything is gathering serious momentum.  This year, when you arrive at Litfest16 you'll be welcomed by Darcie Mayland and her team at the Welcome Tent. We asked Darcie to introduce herself here prior to the festival....

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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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