10/01/2017 – A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe


Ballymaloe once again hosts a fabulous summer Food and Drinks Literacy Festival this coming May 2017. 

This year’s Ballymaloe Litfest has changed its name and its theme. What was the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine is now called A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe.

The festival welcomed thousands to Ballymaloe House and Ballymaloe Cookery School in 2016 and looks to set record figures again this year. In 2017, the focus has shifted from food and drink literary works to literacy in food sustainability and responsibility. Rory O’Connell, Director of the festival, told the Irish Times in November 2016 that food literacy means “knowing about the food you eat, where it came from, who produced it and if it is good for you or bad for you.”

A full programme for this year’s Litfest, which takes place 19-21 May 2017, is now live online. UCC’s Food Historian and writer Regina Sexton kicks things off with Dr. Jools Gilsen, as the pair present the UCC Food Writing Workshop on Friday 19th May at 2pm.  The Welcome Party in The Big Shed takes place at 7pm on Friday evening, with all welcome.  

The Weekend ‘Symposium’ event tackles Responsibility At Litfest17. The Grainstore will be transformed into an exciting auditorium staging a thought-provoking and inspiring series of short talks and presentations. Symposium is delivered by an interesting and dynamic pool of writers, experts, authorities and interested parties from at home and abroad.

“Responsibility” presentations will be broken into four sessions on Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon.

As usual, there will be lots of guests chefs in attendance and you can expect a lively and packed weekend programme with something to interest everyone. Find out more here at litfest.ie.