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13 May 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 Read More
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27 April 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 Read More
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13 April 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 Read More
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21 March 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 Read More
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08 May 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 Read More
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06 May 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. Read More
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28 April 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 Read More
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22 April When I stood out of the yellow taxi the cold winter air hit me, I perked my ears to the distant sirens, more yellow taxis zoomed by in all directions, and that Read More
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08 April I'm delighted to introduce Nick Lander as the first guest to contribute to my blog for LitFest 2015. I am a huge fan of Nick's weekly articles in the Financial Read More
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30 March 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 Read More
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13 May When I received an email from the lovely Darina Allen inviting me to the Kerrygold Ballymaloe festival, I knew I couldn’t refuse. She was given Pomegranates Read More
12 May With only days to go until the opening party for this year's Kerrygold Ballymaloe Litfest, it's hard to anticipate anything more exciting than the weekend Read More
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06 May With less then two weeks to go until this years festival excitement is building on the Ballymaloe Farm. And to add to the excitement I am delighted to Read More
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02 May I'm delighted to introduce Maggie Beer as my next guest blogger. In this entry Maggie shares with us the excitement of a family wedding, the achievement of Read More
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24 April I'm so delighted to introduce Alys Fowler's guest blog entry. I first met Alys at the inaugural LitFest in 2013 and I can't wait to welcome her back to Read More
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15 April When I was fourteen my mother gave me a most generous gift. For me it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It was a gift like none other. I was excited beyond Read More
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25 March I was in The White House when it occurred to me! Yes “The White House”. I pinched myself and no it was not a dream! I have always enjoyed visiting new places Read More
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03 May I’m thrilled to introduce Donal Skehan as the final guest to post an entry on my festival blog. In this entry Donal share his early memories of watching Darina Read More
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30 April “Too many cooks spoil the broth”… but it you get enough of them together you end up with an almighty festival unlike any other! With the first ever Ballymaloe Read More
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28 April Scott, a colleagues of mine, was once overheard saying “JR would go to the opening of an envelope, on an island, at midnight in a storm!”. And it’s true, I Read More
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24 April I’m so delighted to introduce Matthew Forts guest blog entry. Here Matthew whets the appetite by sharing his expectation for the first ever Ballymaloe Literary Read More
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20 April Skye Gyngell, one of my all time favourite chefs and food writers, shares her excitement of returning to Ballymaloe for the first ever Ballymaloe Literary Read More
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17 April I’m delighted to introduce the next guest blogger Stevie Parle. Stevie’s blog entry really gets the mouth watering with his passionate words. Here he shares Read More
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16 April From bright and bold to simple and sweet, food and wine has provided great inspiration for literature over the past centuries. As a child I spent hours Read More
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10 April To spice things up a bit, I will invite some of the speakers who will be at the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine to contribute special entries to Read More
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08 April Senator Feargal Quinn once said, ”Sex didn’t exist in Ireland until Gay Byrne hosted the Late Late show, and taste buds didn’t exist in Ireland until Myrtle Read More
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28 March I could hardly believe my eyes… Is this for real?… I had to pinch myself!… Is this possible?… I was traveling in Thailand when the news reached me… I knew it Read More

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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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