Fringe Festival & The Big Shed | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe

The Big Shed

The Big Shed returns this year as the throbbing heartbeat of the festival.

The space may be big, but the atmosphere is cosy. Gardeners will again interact with cooks, foragers with food historians, critics with musicians, artisan food producers with bloggers, writers with readers and so on. There will be brewers, bakers, and candlestick makers. Under this great roof will be a bubbling stew of ideas, thoughts and conversations. There will be delicious things to eat and drink, great books to read, songs to be sung, toes to be tapped and tunes to be hummed. There will be fun to be had by young and old with the family area a buzzing hive of activity. Artists and craft makers will join the fray with their foodie related wares. This is the red hot chill out spot, the place to expect the unexpected, the chance to sit beside your neighbour or you hero –or both. You can do lots here or nothing- you can just be. 

Everyone is welcome to join us for the Litfest opening party in The Big Shed on Friday 20th May at 7.30pm. Expect Craic agus Ceol, Ivan's Restaurant and some other food stalls which will be open from 7.30 until 10pm serving delicious food. The Big Shed will be open from 10am until late on both Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2016

Fringe Programme

In addition to the main programme we have a Fringe Programme of events at Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine.

The programme is a work in progress, but you can expect to find a host of food, drink, craft and gardening related activities. A full free fringe programme will be published in April 2016

Entry into the fring festival this year is €5 per person per day. Children under 12 go free. This will include access to The Big Shed and all the activities in the fringe programme that's jam-packed with child friendly activities, adult friendly activities, crafts, art, music, food, conversation and fun.

You will be able to pick up your fringe festival entry pass at the Welcome Area on the weekend. Guests who purchase main programme tickets will autmatically recieve a wristband for entry to the fringe festival.


If you would like to apply to have your activity, demonstration or entertainment included in the Fringe Programme please email


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About Litfest

Litfest - A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe is a weekend filled with fascinating facts, inspirational stories, intriguing discussions, incredible knowledge, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, delicious food and drinks.
It is the only festival of its kind in Ireland and has created an important hub for food and drinks enthusiasts worldwide to meet and share ideas with each other.

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