I’ve got a bunch of tickets to be won for some of the absolutely fantastic lineup of events at this weekend’s Ballymaloe Litfest, so see below for competition rules:
It’s rather astonishing when you think about it but this weekend’s inaugural Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine is the very first of its kind worldwide. Well, whatever way you slice it, this is just about the finest lineups of food and wine writers ever assembled in the world, to the best of my knowledge, some of the greatest practitioners of their craft working today, including several of my personal favourites and with Claudia Roden right up there at the very top of the pile. My 20-minute conversation with her last week for an article in the Irish Examiner turned into a two-hour marathon and I am still perfectly happy to go and listen to her for another few hours this weekend at the festival. She is quite simply the greatest living food writer and even when you stack her up against those who have since moved on to the great kitchen in the sky, I’ll take her over most others. I have no doubt that this weekend is the start of something very big for the future and not just on a local or even national scale; this one’s going global, a keeper, for sure. Will you be able to wear a ‘I-was-there-at-the-very-first-Ballymaloe-Litfest’ t-shirt in years to come?
But Claudia talking about the Food of Spain is just one event in a fantastic lineup of talks/debates/conversations/lectures/rants and whatever you’re having yourself in the Ballymaloe Grainstore. To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to one of the main events on Saturday or Sunday in the Grainstore, share a fond food memory in the comments section below — first 25 replies win a pair of tickets. NB please list your preferred choice of events in order, 1 to 5.