Fringe Festival Programme | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe
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The Big Shed is back again this year and we are delighted to say that it will be jam-packed with delicious things to eat and drink, lots of gentle and lovely sounds, comings and goings for all ages and of course, a schedule of free fringe events.

Food Stalls

Ivan's Restaurant, Volcano Wood-fired Pizza, Rebel Foods Market Stall, Green Saffron Spices Ltd, Ummera Smoked Products, Broughgammon Farm, This is Seaweed Ltd,  Toons Bridge Dairy,  Ryan's Arbutus Bread, Mezze, Gidi's Kebabs, Crepe a lolo,  Cais, The Market Kitchen, The Rocket Man, Wild About,  Casey's Shanagarry Smoked Salmon,  Gubeen Farmhouse and Joes Farm Crisps. Yum Gelato, Diva Boutique Bakery & Café, Free Birds Bakery,  Wild Irish Foragers,  Wilkies Chocolate,  Glenilen Farm and  Clonakilty Chocolate.  Badger and Dodo Boutique Coffee Roasters and  The Golden Bean.  America Village Apothecary,  Craigies Cider,  My Goodness,  Longueville House Ciders,  Poachers Well, Mr Jeffares Blackcurrants and  Highbank Organic Orchards.  Coolmore Bees, Wonders of Waste Bags  (WoW  Bags) ,  Hewn, and  Superfolk.  Urban Farm,  GIY Foodstall and  Brown Envelope Seeds

The food, drinks, garden and craft stalls in The Big Shed will be open on Friday 20th May from 7.30pm- 10pm  and from 10am until 10pm on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May .
 
The Ballymaloe Shop Cafe will be open from 9am-5pm on Friday 20th May, Saturday 21st May and Sunday 22nd May

Fringe Festival Programme

Friday 20 May

Welcome Party in the Big Shed . Doors open at 7.30pm. All are welcome!

There will be live music from the Céilí Allstars at 7.30pm followed by DJ Colm Motherway at 10pm 
The following food stalls will be open at the Welcome Party serving food and fermented drinks;
Ivan's Restaurant, Volcano Wood Fired Pizza, Green Saffron Spices, This is Seaweed, Broughgammon Farm, Cais, The Rocketman, Yum Gelato and My Goodness.
 
7:30pm Céilí Allstars
10:00pm DJ Colm Motherway
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Saturday 21 May

The Garden Tent at Ballymaloe House

The Garden Tent was a great success last year and we are thrilled to welcome back some of our Litfest fringe favourites; The Cookbook Chronicles with Caroline Hennessey, Joe McNamee's, Rants, Raves and Ruaille Buaille, Questions and Answers - Food and Wine Special with John Bowman and Banter with Jim Carroll. After Banter's first visit to Kerrygold Ballymlaoe Litfest of Food and Wine last year, the well traveled series of talks, interviews and discussions returns to The Garden Tent for more well seasoned food and drink conversations hosted by Jim Carroll.
 
This year we look forward to welcoming some of The Real Bread members and The Irish Food Writers Guild to The Garden Tent too 
10am Banter with Jim Carroll - Fire and Smoke Forget about the 1916 rising, the real revolution is the one involving copious amounts of fire, smoke and meat. Grilling connoisseurs Fingal Ferguson (farmer, charcutier, cheese maker, butcher and knife maker), Francis Mallmann (1884, Argentina), John Relihan (Duagh BBQ Festival) and Andy Noonan (The Big Grill festival) tell us what gets them hot under the collar above slow and low.
11am - 11.30am Rants, Raves agus Ruaille Buaille with Joe McNamee Festival goers will have their chance to deliver a 5 minute feisty, fun or frivolous rant, rave or a bit of Ruaile Buaille. Get in touch with us to have your say at our festival soapbox.
11.30am - 12.15pm The 1st 1,000 days of life. Maternal and infant nutrition. Influencing future health Kathy Whyte is a Nurse and Midwife with a masters in Nutritional Medicine. Kathy has a keen interest in the early origins of health and disease; highlighting the importance of lifestyle and nutrition choices prior to and during pregnancy to support the health of today's children and those of future generations. There is a growing consensus that the first 1000 days of life-from the start of pregnancy to a child's second birthday-are critical to child development and have an important influence on quality of life, health and happiness into adulthood. Kathy will provide practical tips for lifestyle and nutrition during this critical period of development.
12.15pm - 1pm Irish Food Writers' Guild: What we’re writing today – and why From food politics to modern Irish recipes, profiles of up-and-coming artisan producers to reviews of the hottest new restaurants, the Irish Food Writers Guild collectively write on many diverse food topics. IFWG Chair Aoife Carrigy rounds up a panel of Guild members for five-minute interviews on what they’re writing today and why it excites them.
1pm Banter with Jim Carroll - Buzzing Do you have a caffeine habit yet? You may well do after this panel. Steve Leighton (Hasbean Coffee, London), Colin Harmon (3FE, Dublin), Joanna Alm (Drop Coffee, Stockholm) and Marc Kingston (Golden Bean, Ballymaloe) discuss the fine art of coffee, the recent innovations, the operators they like and what will be arriving into your cup in the coming years.
2pm-4pm Cookbook Chronicles with Caroline Hennessy What cookbook do you love? Hate? Use all the time? Never cook from but refuse to part with? We want you to tell us all about your cookbook experiences, the most stained, tattered and dog-eared book in your collection and your pivotal cookbook moment. Bring along your favourite/most detested/crappiest/best cookbook to the Big Shed and speak to us and all the other cookbook fanatics about it for a whole two minutes.
4pm The Banter interview: Yotam Ottolenghi Inbetween juggling cookbooks, TV shows, colourful newspaper columns, shops and restuarants, our favourite Middle Eastern cuisine champion takes time to join us at Banter to discuss taste, dishes, vegetables and spices.
5pm- 5.30pm Questions and Answers - Food & Wine Special with John Bowman John Bowman invites you to join him and an expert panel in a special edition of Questions and Answers and invites you to raise any questions related to food or wine.

The Family Area

As well as the usual fun and games, walks and wonder the family area will feature a fantastic kaleidoscope enabling all to transform their litter with a sprinkling of glitter and a splash of colour into a treat for the eyes and soul! There will be non stop craft activities, a comfy sofa, fun, laughter and happy ever after.
 
ROLL UP, ROLL DOWN, ROLL ALL AROUND, THERE'S SO MUCH TERRIFIC TREASURE TO BE FOUND. WE CAN BUILD SOMETHING WONDERFUL WITH GLITTER, JOY AND HOPE WITH THE WORLDS GREATEST PRETTY KALEIDOSCOPE
 
11am Garden Tour
1pm Woodland Walk
3pm Games on the lawn (if the sun is shining)

The Big Shed Stage

11am Ballymaloe House Classic Techniques - Brown Soda Bread with Ballymaloe Chef, Anne Healy
3pm Blind tastings with Cully & Sully
4pm Ballymaloe House Classic Techniques - Prepping a lobster with Ballymaloe chef, Stephane Jouin
6.15-6.30pm Willow Allen
6.30-7.30pm The Lalala Choir
7.30-9.30pm Sean K Band
9.30-11.30pm ooSe
11.30-Late DJ

The Kerrygold Area

Join Kerrygold at the Kerrygold Corner in the Big Shed from 12pm for cookery demos with Sophie Morris and Imen Mc Donnell, face painting, screen printing fun and lots more!

Cully & Sully and GIY invite you to ExPEArience the Food Cycle

Cully & Sully It's all about sowing, growing, eating and composting - a celebration of the great food cycle from plot to plate and back again. Test your Green Fingers, tingle your taste buds, make bio-char and find out what NOT to put in your compost bin!! ...or just 'veg about' and soak it all in.
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Sunday

The Garden Tent

The Garden Tent was a great success last year and we are thrilled to welcome back some of our Litfest fringe favourites. The Cookbook Chronicles with Caroline Hennessey, Joe McNamee's, Rants, Raves and Ruaille Buaille, Questions and Answers - Food and Wine Special with John Bowman and Banter with Jim Carroll. After Banter's first visit to Kerrygold Ballymlaoe Litfest of Food and Wine last year, the well traveled series of talks, interviews and discussions returns to The Garden Tent for more well seasoned food and drink conversations hosted by Jim Carroll.
 
This year we look forward to welcoming some of The Read Bread members and The Irish Food Writers Guild to The Garden Tent too 
10.30-11am Rants, Raves and Ruallie Buaille with Joe McNamee Festival goers will have their chance to deliver a 5 minute feisty, fun or frivolous rant, rave or a bit of Ruaile Buaille. Get in touch with us to have your say at our festival soapbox.
11am The next big trend One for the early noshers in the audience. We ask noted food watchers Seamus Sheridan (Sheridans Cheesemongers), Hilary Quinn (Dublin Doughnut Company) and Sally McKenna what comes next after kale, chorizo and doughnuts.
12-1pm The Lalala Choir Workshop All are welcome to come and sing along
1-2pm Real Bread Sarah Richards - Seagull Bakery, Alexandera Honour - Ali’s Kitchen , Joe Fitzmaurice- Riot Rye Declan Ryan - Arbutus Bread and chair, Keith Bohanna.
2pm So you want to open your own restaurant? All you ever wanted to know about the art, business, blood, sweat, tears and occasional cheers of running a restaurant in Ireland in 2016, but didn’t know who to ask. Jess Murphy (Kai, Galway) and John Farrell (Dillingers, The Butchers Grill, Super Miss Sue, Luna, 777 etc, Dublin) The most rock’n’roll discussion you will hear this year about what it really takes to run a successful food gaff.
4pm Life Begins in the Garden April Danann Fermentation Specialist, Naturopathic Nutritionist & Medical Intuitive, is offering a short talk on how to get more life into your body-mind-spirit through nature and the foods we eat. If you are interested in wild fermentation, gut health, herbs & healthy living, this talk is for you!

The Family Area

As well as the usual fun and games, walks and wonder the family area will feature a fantastic kaleidoscope enabling all to transform their litter with a sprinkling of glitter and a splash of colour into a treat for the eyes and soul! There will be non stop craft activities, a comfy sofa, fun, laughter and happy ever after.
 
ROLL UP, ROLL DOWN, ROLL ALL AROUND, THERE'S SO MUCH TERRIFIC TREASURE TO BE FOUND. WE CAN BUILD SOMETHING WONDERFUL WITH GLITTER, JOY AND HOPE WITH THE WORLDS GREATEST PRETTY KALEIDOSCOPE
11am Garden Tour
1pm Woodland Walk
3pm Games on the lawn (if the sun is shining)

The Big Shed Stage

11am Ballymaloe Classic Techniques - Cucumber Pickle with Ballymaloe Chef, Emma Young
2pm Food Waste with Dee Laffan and Michael Quinn
3pm Blind tastings with Cully & Sully
4pm Ballymaloe Classis Techniques - Filleting fish with Ballymaloe Chef, Jason Fahy
4.30pm SaurkrautMob- Get scrunching with Rose Ciotoli
7-8pm Camilla
8-Late Luke Curran, Electric Fox, Oran Pearce, Ted Berner, Colm Motherway

The Kerrygold Area

12-2pm Kerrygold will host a Butter Brunch Boogie at the Kerrygold Corner in the big shed. Make sure to pop down for some delicious food, music and butter making fun!
2-6pm Join us for more Cookery demos, screen printing fun, face painting and lots more throughout the day.

Cully & Sully and GIY invite you to ExPEArience the Food Cycle

Cully & Sully It's all about sowing, growing, eating and composting - a celebration of the great food cycle from plot to plate and back again. Test your Green Fingers, tingle your taste buds, make bio-char and find out what NOT to put in your compost bin!! ...or just 'veg about' and soak it all in.
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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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