The buzz is starting to build for the fourth annual Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine! Now, with less than three weeks to go, preparations are afoot here at the school to welcome our esteemed guests from around the world. This year, the LitFest team have once again put together an incredible programme of events. We will be honoured to host some of the world's most talented and progressive chefs, food writers, drinks connoisseurs, and artisan food producers as well as policy makers, environmentalists and film-makers - all assembled, not just to celebrate their shared passion for food, but to explore the overarching theme of #Litfest16: 'Our Food - What's The Story?

With a packed programme of events taking place at Ballymaloe House and The Grainstore at Ballymaloe, here at the cookery school we're looking forward to a series of inspiring cookery demonstrations, kicking off on the morning of Saturday 21st with Hartwood's Eric Werner & Mya Henry - movers and shakers on the Mexican culinary scene - as well as Jeremy Lee from London's trendy Quo Vadis, host to this year's London LitFest launch.  Culinary "fire-starter", Francis Mallmann, widely known from Netflix's popular Chef's Table series,  takes us into Saturday afternoon. 

Sunday's cookery demonstrations include the return of the ever popular Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully; Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns of San Francisco's Bar Tartine; and 12 Week graduate and founder of the Dilisk Project, Katie Sanderson. 

We are also thrilled to be welcoming some of our favourite food authors from around the world to discuss their latest publications, followed by book-signings. (Check page 25 of your LitFest programme for times)

The Violet Bakery Cookbook | Claire Ptak

Food and Words | Barbara Sweeney

A Taste of Haida Gwaii | Susan Musgrave

My Favourite Middle Eastern Ingredients | Kamal Mouzawak 

And, of course, LitFest wouldn't be LitFest without a seashore forage. This year, expert forager, Prannie Rhattigan leads us on a food-finding mission to Shanagarry Strand. 

We are also delighted to host this year's sold out Mews Pop-Up Restaurant on Saturday night, which promises to be a sensational dining experience!

Shuttle busses will be in operation between Ballymaloe House and Ballymaloe Cookery School (4km) on both days from 8:30am until 7pm. We hope you can all visit us here in Shanagarry as part of your #Litfest16 weekend! Here are just some of the events Darina is looking forward to:

.@darinaallen gives us a taste of what’s to come at #Litfest16 Cork https://t.co/q9oONchq9S

— Ballymaloe Cookery (@BallymaloeCS) May 3, 2016