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The Darling Buds of May

Apple, pear, hawthorn blossoms are all signaling the warming air and soil. The potential for a sting of frost in the air should be gone completely once May is out. In the garden, we’re busy hardening off annual flowers and planting out vegetables we started in modules in the glasshouse.

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Celebrating its 51st anniversary this year is the family-run Ballymaloe Hotel, famed for its food and its idyllic setting in 400 acres of green land with ancient woodland and tranquil ponds. You can make a big entrance on the day by arriving at the hotel by helicopter, enjoying a bird’s eye view of the lush countryside of East Cork.

Foodies get their fill at packed lit fest

The weather gods smiled down on the third Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine, as 8,000-plus visitors from more than 30 countries streamed through the gates of Ballymaloe House, in East Cork, over the weekend to watch Irish and international stars of food and wine strut their culinary stuff.

Ireland's gourmet revolution: Restaurants, festivals and food trails

Myrtle Allen, who established the restaurant at Ballymaloe House in Cork in the 1960s, is considered by many to be the unofficial patron saint of Ireland's seasonal food movement. Fittingly, Ballymaloe House and its neighbouring cookery school are now also home to the annual Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine (

The Hungry Gap

Much of the work being done now in the garden is in preparation for things to come! Most of the garden is empty now except for perennial vegetables like sea kale, asparagus and rhubarb. But in the wings…or the glasshouse….seedlings are beginning to show promise.  In modules and pots is sown lettuce, Japanese greens, oriental mustards, brussel sprouts, red and green cabbages. In gutters, the tender tips of mangetout and peas are popping up. 

Kieran Goss

Following the success of his show here last July , we are delighted to announce that Kieran Goss will return to  The Grainstore on 9 August.
'One man, one guitar and a voice sent express mail from Heaven'  - Time Out Magazine

The Nualas - The Great Big Shiny Show

Dripping kooky, faux glamour, The Nualas will win you over with their nutty lyrics, zany tunes and endearingly silly dresses.  They had a capacity crowd eating out of their hands. - Evening Standard
They are buffed, they are detoxed, they are booty-lish, and they are totally up for it!  

Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre with Special Guest, Lisa Hannigan

Happiness Is Being Together:  Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre with Special Guest, Lisa Hannigan.
Ballymaloe Grainstore is proud to present a one-off evening of music and song that brings together three of Ireland's finest musicians.  

An Evening of American Bluegrass

An Evening of American Bluegrass and Country  Starring Jeff Scroggins & Colorado and The Petersen Family Bluegrass Band. 
Travelling from Colorado and Missouri, two of America's most accomplished bluegrass acts roll up to Ballymaloe Grainstore.

Give Peas A Chance

Ballymaloe staff are delighted to support Myrtle Allen's grandson Cullys 'GivePeasAChance' initiative.
Cully & Sully know that for good food, you need great ingredients.  Fresh is best when it comes to food.  You can’t get fresher than growing your own.. and it’s easy, even at work.. in fact it’s EasyPEAsy!


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