Fringe Festival & The Big Shed | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe

The Big Shed

The Big Shed returns again this year as the throbbing heartbeat of the festival.

The humming Big Shed at the heart of the festival will again be brimming with good things to eat and drink from some of Ireland's finest artisan producers. There will be the sound of music ranging from the gentle during daylight hours to the more energetic when the sun goes down. Some of the weekend's many free Fringe events will take place here and the Family Corner will ensure that festival goers of all ages will be kept happy and amused.

Everyone is welcome to join the opening party in the Big Shed on Friday 19th May at 19.30. There will be live music from Rack House Pilfer followed by DJ Ted. The following food stalls will be open serving food and fermented drinks: Buena Vida Tacos Clanwood Organic Farm, Green Saffron, Volcano Wood Fired Pizza’s, Crepés, Yum Gelato, Galty Valley, My Goodness and Julia’s Lobster Truck.

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Fringe Programme

In addition to the main programme we have a Fringe Programme of events at Litfest- A food and Drinks Literacy Festival.

Expect to find a host of food, drink, craft and gardening related activities.

Entry into the fringe festival this year is €5 per person per day. Children under 12 go free. This will include access to The Big Shed and all the activities in the fringe programmethat's jam-packed with child friendly activities, adult friendly activities, crafts, art, music, food, conversation and fun.

You will be able to pick up your fringe festival entry pass at the Welcome Area on the weekend. Guests who purchase main programme tickets will automatically receive a wristband for entry to the fringe festival.

Applications are now closed. If you would like to apply to have your activity, demonstration or entertainment included in the Fringe Programme in the future please email

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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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