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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.
 

MSN: Top 10 wedding hotels in UK and Ireland

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.

Tableland exhibition

Tableland and exhibition of paintings by Nicky Kruseman and Jacqueline O'Driscoll
 
In the Carrigann Room, The Grainstore at Ballymaloe House, Co.Cork. 
 
15 May to 17 May. 
 
The Exhibition will be opened by Rory O'Connell on Wednesday 13 May at 6pm - 8om. 
 

Conde Nast Travellers list of 'Best Festivals around the World'

Congratulations to our Litfest team...  all the hard work has been internationally celebrated yet again as the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine has been included on Conde Nast Travellers list of 'Best Festivals around the World'.. great praise indeed.
 
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Ballymaloe Litfest of Food & Wine | 15-17 May 2015

Wine & Dink Events at Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine

We are looking forward to the upcoming Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine taking here at Ballymaloe 15th - 17th May 2015 with talks & tastings by wine & drinks experts on wine, craft beer, craft cider, gin, whiskey, rum, cocktails and much more.
 
We look forward to welcoming wine & drinks experts from Ireland and overseas including:
 
Jancis Robinson MW, one of the 'most respected wine writers in the world'

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 (litfest.ie).
 

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!  

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