Ruth Healy | Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine
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Ruth Healy is the owner of Urru Culinary Store in Bandon Co. Cork. Before becoming a shopkeeper, Ruth lived in Japan and England and worked with Procter & Gamble UK and Ireland. She then completed the Ballymaloe Cookery School Certificate course. Ruth’s family background is in Cork city-centre grocery shopkeeping.
 
Urru’s story provides an insight into the broader Irish food story across the past 14 years including the evolution of producers & products; the competitiveness of independent food retail in a market town and food retail as a lifestyle experience.
 
As an award winning member of Good Food Ireland, Urru works to provide an interactive platform for the very best of Irish produce & the people who want to discover & eat it. The bright & contemporary store, combines local food with kitchenwares, Irish culinary craftwares, cookery books, wine & a café, in the traditional market town of Bandon, making for a characterful & rewarding shopping experience that is embedded in its community.
 
Outside of the shop Ruth has worked locally and nationally with numerous food related groups including Bandon Farmers Market, Bandon Food Trail, West Cork Slow Food and as Failte Ireland Food Champion in developing food tourism.
 
And some trivia….
 
Urru stands for ‘Urban-Rural’, capturing the precious and close relationship between producers & consumers in Ireland.
 
You can grab a daily portion of “Good Food News” on the shop’s lo-tech and very popular blackboard and on T, F, I #thegoodfoodnewsis @Urrubandon
Years at Litfest: 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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