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Literary Festival of Food and Wine

Submitted by on March 29, 2013 – 8:24 amNo Comment

ireland_ballymaloe_literaryThe first Ballymaloe International Literary Festival of Food and Wine will be held in County Cork, Ireland, May 3 through 6, 2013.

The festival, which includes more than 40 events, will be held in Ballymaloe House and Ballymaloe Cookery School, Shanagarry, County Cork, Ireland (map). There will be cookery demonstrations, wine tastings, panel discussions, tea parties, garden and foraging walks plus book readings. It’s hosted by cook and author Darina Allen.

Participants include:

*Madhur Jaffrey, known for her books and television program on Indian food
*Claudia Roden, expert on Middle Eastern and Spanish food
*Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse in California
*David Thompson, restaurateur, author and “ambassador” for Thai food
*Stephanie Alexander, one of Australia’s best known cooks
*Claus Meyer, founder of Copenhagen’s Noma Restaurant
*David Tanis, an American chef and New York Times cookery writer
*Joanna Blythman, a British investigative food writer and broadcaster
*Stevie Parle, head chef at London’s Dock Kitchen
*Jancis Robinson, a wine writers

This international cast will be matched by a strong Irish presence including cookery author Rachel Allen; restaurateur and television chef Neven Maguire; TV cook, food writer and blogger Donal Skehan; vegetarian chef Denis Cotter; food commentator John McKenna; food and farming expert and “Ear to the Ground” presenter Ella McSweeney; broadcaster and historian John Bowman; and Irish Times wine writer John Wilson.

In addition to the main program, there will be a fringe festival in The Big Shed at Ballymaloe, offering food enthusiasts of all ages an array of other activities. Gardeners will rub shoulders with cooks; foragers with food historians; critics with musicians; artisan producers with bloggers in a continuous melting pot of eating, drinking, speaking and thinking.

For a “personal” invitation, see the video:

(Photo and video courtesy of Ballymaloe)

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