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).
This year's line-up (15-17 May) features Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters, New York based chef April Bloomfield, Sam and Sam Clarke of Moro, and wine critic Jancis Robinson among many others. Pop-up kitchens will be manned by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co and The Independent Magazine's cookery writer, Mark Hix.
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