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.
 
The food, drinks, garden and craft stalls in The Big Shed will be open on Friday 19th May from 7.30pm- 10pm and from 10am until 10pm on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May.

The Ballymaloe Shop Cafe will be open from 9am-5pm on Friday 19th May, Saturday 20th May and Sunday 21st May.
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Fringe Festival Programme

Friday 19 May 2017

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

Live music from Rack House Pilfer followed by James Wyse.
 

The Big Shed Stage

20.30 Rack House Pilfer
22.30 James Wyse
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Saturday 20 May 2017

The Garden Tent

The Garden Tent gets busier and busier each year! We are thrilled to welcome back some of our Litfest fringe favourites; Questions and Answers - Food and Wine Special with John Bowman and Banter with Jim Carroll. Banter the well travelled series of talks, interviews and discussions returns to The Garden Tent for more well seasoned food and drink conversations.

10.00 - 10.45 Fueling your mind and body with Dorcas Barry Why and how can meditation and diet have such a positive affect to our everyday lives and our wellbeing? This session addresses this question and gives an opportunity to start your festival day with purpose and focus. Exploring the relationship between mind and body, we will look at practical ways at how food affects mood, positivity, and relaxation. We will also practice open and closed eye meditation techniques to enhance your experience of the events at Litfest and beyond, and to experience meditation in a very relaxed and casual setting.
11.00 - 11.45 ‘Getting your Children to eat healthier with Baby Led Feeding’ with Aileen Cox Blundell Baby Led Feeding is not about depriving children of treats, foods or sauces they love, it is about making healthier choices that taste amazing, getting little ones eating more vegetables in a delicious way and bringing your children on an incredible food adventure.
12.00 - 12.45 Banter with Jim Carroll: What’s on the Chef’s Table? It’s the three in a row for the Banter series of talks, discussions, conversations and heated debates as we return to the garden tent at Ballymaloe with some colourful characters and interesting folks for you to meet. All talks hosted by Banter producer and founder Jim Carroll. Brian McGinn, the director and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated and awardwinning Netflix show talks about how to produce a food show for the ages.
13.00 - 14.00 The Lalala Choir Workshop (All are welcome to come and sing along)
14.00 - 14.45 Native Australian Food Indigenous foods are a hot topic right now and once again are seeing a revival on menus of top restaurants worldwide. But is it sustainable for Native foods to sit only at restaurant level? Co-Founder of Warndu, Native Australian food brand Rebecca Sullivan thinks not. For it to be sustainable it needs to be in our homes. Rebecca shares her experiences in creating a brand based around mainly unheard of ingredients and how her greatest ah ha moment was realising she was as food racist as most Aussies.
15.00 - 15.45 Banter with Jim Carroll: The food investigator A conversation with Sheila Dillon, awardwinning presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme, about what it takes to find out what makes it into our food.
16.00 - 17.00 Questions and Answers Questions and Answers Food and Wine Special with John Bowman and Guest Panel in The Garden Tent
17.30 - 18.30 ’Here’s one I made earlier’ presented by Ali Dunworth The secrets of a TV chef with Saturday Kitchen’s Matt Tebbutt. From the Air Force to the BBC, Matt Tebbutt spills the secrets of how he made it as a TV chef.

The Family Area

Expect to find all the usual fun and games, walks and wonder the family area. There will be non stop craft activities, a comfy sofa, fun, laughter, happy ever after...
10.00 Walk in the woods
12.00 Lawn Games
14.00 Garden tour - food

The Big Shed Stage

18.30 Willow Xena
19.00 Lalala Choir
20.30 Ikarumba
23.00 Sing Along Social with Aoife McElwain - Fleetwood Mac vs Abba What happens if you pit two of the greatest family bands of all time against each other? Will we go our own way or will it be dancing queens til dawn? Join The Sing Along Social for a bit of caterwauling craic on Saturday night in The Big Shed as we put Fleetwood Mac and Abba to the test. The Sing Along Social is a zero commitment choir. You don't have to practice, you don't need to know the words and you don't even really need to be able to sing. Find out all you need to know about the Sing Along Social on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @singalongsocial.
00.00 Nialler 9 Niall Byrne is the music enthusiast at the helm of long standing Irish music blog Nialler9.com. He'll be rounding off festivities in The Big Shed on Saturday night. His DJ sets feature melodic electronic music, soul, disco, house, R&B, hip-hop, synth-pop, indie, alongside current finds and curveball classics. Find him on www.nialler9.com.

The Demonstration Stage in The Big Shed

11.00 Ballymaloe Classic Techniques Ballymaloe Classic Techniques with Anne Healy- How to make traditional Irish Soda Bread
13.00 Blind Tasting with Cully and Sully Blind Tasting with Cully and Sully
14.30 The Aztec Life Hack with My Goodness The Aztec Life Hack with My Goodness. Donal will make a beautiful wooden tortilla press while Virginia explains how Aztec sustainable crop growing is relevant to modern nutrition
15.00 Preparing a Rack of Lamb Ballymaloe Classic Techniques with Tom Casserley - Preparing a Rack of Lamb
15.30 Wine’s New Trends with Fionn Little Wine’s New Trends with Fionn Little, Sommelier of Rachel’s Restaurant, Cork
15.45 Japanese Food Made Easy Fiona Uyema, author of cookbook “Japanese Food Made Easy” and owner of “Fused by Fiona Uyema”, will demonstrate how to make a variety of sushi rolls using local Irish produce
16.15 The Art of Knife Making The Art of Knife Making with Fingal Ferguson, Gubbeen, Schull
16.30 Filleting Fish Ballymaloe Classic Techniques with Jason Fahy - Filleting Fish
17.00 Blind tasting with Cully & Sully Blind tasting with Cully & Sully

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 21 May 2017

The Garden Tent

The Garden Tent gets busier and busier each year!  We are thrilled to welcome back some of our Litfest fringe favourites; Questions and Answers - Food and Wine Special  with John Bowman and Banter with Jim Carroll. Banter the  well travelled series of talks, interviews and discussions returns to The Garden Tent for more well seasoned food and  drink conversations 

10.00 - 11.00 Fueling your mind and body with Dorcas Barry Why and how can meditation and diet have such a positive affect to our everyday lives and our wellbeing? This session addresses this question and gives an opportunity to start your festival day with purpose and focus. Exploring the relationship between mind and body, we will look at practical ways at how food affects mood, positivity, and relaxation. We will also practice open and closed eye meditation techniques to enhance your experience of the events at Litfest and beyond, and to experience meditation in a very relaxed setting and casual setting.
11.15 - 11.45 Irish Perry and Perry Trees with Barry Walsh of ‘Johnny Fall Down’, Glouthaune, East Cork Barry will talk about the re-emergence and renewed interest of Irish Perry, and about their Perry orchard and varieties that they recently planted in their East Cork organic orchard, one of the most exciting orchard planting in recent times with over 104 ancient varieties of pear and apple planted.
12.00 - 12.45 Banter with Jim Carroll: Food for Good - Ellie Kisyombe and Michelle Darmody Michelle Darmody and Ellie Kisyombe from Our Table’s guide to how a food business can make real social and economic change.
13.00 - 13.45 Fit Foodies with Derval O’Rourke Fit Foodies with Derval O’Rourke
14.00 - 14.45 Food Waste Brainstorm Workshop with Ciara Beausang Ciara is a postgrad researcher in University College Dublin. Last summer she completed a research project with the organisation Zero Waste Scotland, where she interviewed Scottish farmers to find out how much food is wasted on fruit and vegetable farms. Come along to the family-friendly Food Waste Brainstorm Workshop to hear about Ciara’s experience and explore ways we can reduce food waste!
15.00 - 15.30 Banter with Jim Carroll: Our friend from Lithuania A conversation with Lithuania’s European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis about Europe, Lithuania, heart surgery, the post-Soviet age, food, the future.
16.00 - 16.45 Flogging or blogging? Hosted by The Irish Food Writers’ Guild, chaired by Ross Golden-Bannon, with Caroline Hennessy of the famed Bibliocook Blog and Michael Lee, assistant CEO of the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI).

The Family Area

Expect to find all the usual fun and games, walks and wonder the family area. There will be non stop craft activities, a comfy sofa, fun, laughter, happy ever after...

10.00 Walk in the woods
12.00 Lawn Games
14.00 Garden tour - flowers
16.00 Stretches, dance and chats

The Big Shed Stage

Luke, Electric Foxx, Teddy Boy, Omar

The Demonstration Stage in The Big Shed

12.15 Pouring Sherry using a traditional Venencia ‘Pouring Sherry using a traditional Venencia’ with Colm McCan, Wine teacher, Ballymaloe Cookery School
11.00 Making an Omelette Ballymaloe Classic Techniques with Emma Young - Making an omelette
14.00 Rebecca Sullivan Rebecca Sullivan, founder of Warndu, Australia and author of The Art of The Natural Home shows you how to make something Natural for every room in the house in less time than it takes to go to the shop and for a lot less euros too!
15.00 Opening Lobster Ballymaloe Classic Techniques with Stephen Jouin - Opening Lobster
15.30 Glasses and Decanters Glasses and Decanters. Learn all about glasses and decanters and above all else how to pour a glass of wine properly with Samuel Chantoiseau, Sommelier at Ballymaloe House
16.00 Seed sowing Seed sowing with Michael Kelly of GIY (Grow it Yourself) Ireland
16.30 Cooking Mussels Ballymaloe Classic Techniques with Jason Fahy- Cooking Mussels
17.00 Japanese Food Made Easy Fiona Uyema, author of cookbook “Japanese Food Made Easy” and owner of “Fused by Fiona Uyema”, will demonstrate how to make a variety of sushi rolls using local Irish produce

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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