I’m so thrilled to be able to share some exciting news with you all. I shall be joining the panel of speakers at the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival 2015. As many of you will know, I studied at Ballymaloe, under Darina Allen, Rory O’Connell and Rachel Allen undertaking their Certificate Course, and attended the LitFest last year to assist the legendary author, Diana Kennedy.
The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival is such a unique event. Organised by the inspiring team behind Ballymaloe House and Cookery School, it’s a festival all about celebrating good food and drink and is an extension of the wonderfully inspiring ethos behind the hotel and restaurant originally founded 50 years ago by Irish food legend Myrtle Allen, and cookery school, founded 31 years ago by Darina Allen.
The Literary Festival is a completely unique experience. The line up of speakers is incredibly impressive, formed from some of the most exciting food and drink writers and chefs in the world, and it is an incredible privilege to have been asked to join the lineup in 2015. The LitFest is on from 15-17th May 2015 and I hope to see as many of you there as possible. I will be running a session at the Cookery School, so please watch this space for details. The lineup hasn’t been completely revealed yet, but some of my favourite foodies are lined up to attend, including Alice Waters, Sam and Sam Clark, Allegra McEvedy, Caroline Hennesy, Christian Puglisi, David Tanis (I’m still dreaming of his Toonsbridge ricotta gnocchi from this year), Fuchsia Dunlop, Jancis Robinson, Joe McNamee, Mark Hix and so many more.
I’ll be telling you more about this in due course. But for now, here’s another favourite moment from last year – Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi demonstrating some amazing food, ably assisted by the lovely Tracie and Pam. Bring on May 2015!