Michelle Darmody | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe

Michelle Darmody – author & publisher Michelle‘s love of baking began when a child in Cork.

Her mother‘s passion for baking guaranteed their home always smelt of freshly baked treats. Having graduated from art college and then traveling the world for a number of years, she returned to Ireland and then opened The Cake Café in Dublin in 2006. From the very start, it has gone from strength to strength, championing Irish food, and Dublin city itself. The Café's impact is wonderfully out of proportion to its handful of tables in its leafy courtyard location, and Michelle is regularly called upon by press and media for valued opinion, with her fresh contemporary attitude to working with food. The Cake Café was featured in Time Magazine, Travel and Leisure and The Food Network USA.

Michelle writes a weekly column in The Irish Examiner. The Café appears in The Bridgestone Guide, The Georgina Campbell Guide and The Dubliner’s 100 Best Restaurants for the past five years and is featured in Timeout magazines top 20 things to do on your visit to Dublin. The Cake Café won Most Innovative Restaurant in The Food and Wine Magazine Awards and has been listed in Vogue’s Secret List for London and Dublin.

Most recently, Michelle and The Café were the feature of an episode of Masterchef. Michelle's life is filled with a balance of family, friends, art, travel, music, parties, work — and plenty of good food. Sometimes all of these combine together like a perfect cake mix, which is a kind of an expression of the Café itself.

Years at Litfest: 2013, 2017


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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.
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