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Big names lined up for Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine

The fourth Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine runs from May 20-22 and this year organisers Litfest HQ plan to deliver the most electrifying, educational and inspirational programme to date.

And, as the full Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine 2016 programme is now finalised with tickets on sale, a number of chef’s events already sold out.

The dictum for this year’s festival is Local Hero – Global Hero, and the unique approach of Litfest will bring together another world-class lineup of fascinating and intriguing food and drink-focused authors and speakers at Ballymaloe in May.

As in previous years, Litfest will be welcoming the experts – award-winning food writers, famous chefs, food and environmental activists, avant-garde farmers big and small, food filmmakers and photographers, soil experts and bee-keepers, wine makers, distillers and brewers, and policy makers.

Among those attending will be Francis Mallman, master of wood-fired feasts from Argentina, as featured on Netflix Chef’s Table, Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns of the critically acclaimed Bar Tartine in San Francisco, Eric Werner and Mya Henry from Hartwood, a dream restaurant in the Mexican jungle, Jancis Robinson MW, the world’s leading wine writer and critic, Prue Leith, restaurateur, writer and TV presenter and Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery in London.

The festival also features a host of events to get the taste buds tingling including crowd favourite the Garden Tent,  a drinks theatre with a host of big names serving up a tipple - or two.

Tickets begin at €15 and go up to €110, for more information visit

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