GIN - THE GARDEN SPIRIT with Master Gin Distiller Desmond Payne (talk & tasting)

Desmond Payne, the world’s most experienced Master Gin Distiller will give a talk and tasting on Gin, focusing on the botanicals used in Gin.

'Wine - The Beauty of Blending' with John Wilson, wine writer The Irish Times and Tomás Clancy, wine writer The Sunday Business Post.

Single varietal wines have been fashionable for years. Many traditional wine-producing regions reluctantly add the grape variety to their labels. Now some markets are beginning to demand wines made from several grapes. Are blended wines on the way back in? Wine talk & tasting.

A RHONE ROMANCE with Mary Dowey (talk & tasting)

Over a glass of wine, Mary Dowey lays bare her long-term love affair with Provence and the Southern Rhône

Panel discussion with Alice Feiring, Tomás Clancy, Raymond Blake and Leslie Williams

A broad ranging talk on wine writing today.

THE LITERATURE OF BURGUNDY with Raymond Blake (talk & tasting)

A look at the wine writings on one of the best known wine regions, Burgundy. Join Raymond Blake, Author of ‘Breakfast in Burgundy, about his experiences of living in Burgundy. Raymond Blake, wine editor of Food & Wine Magazine, will give a talk on the region with reference to the various wine writers and wine related literature of Burgundy over the years. This will be an informal and educational event conducted in a relaxed style. There will also be some delicious wines from Burgundy to taste.

BEER - Garrett Oliver talks & tastes real beer (talk & tasting)

Join one of the top brewmasters and beer writers of the world, Garrett Oliver, who will give a talk and tasting on beer. Garrett will personally select some special beers for this tasting.

RUM with Dave Broom and Nick Strangeway (talk & tasting)

Dave Broom and Nick Strangeway will be looking at the forgotten history of rum and Ireland: from Irish-born pirates like Anne Bonny to the fathoming of punch bowls in the 18th century, rum smuggling, the drink's decline and recent revival that has made rum one of the hottest drink categories of the moment.
Dave and Nick will lead a tasting of a selection of rum styles - and drink deeply of creations from the masterly hand of Nick Strangeway!

THE DANGERS OF NATURAL WINE – THEY COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE’ with Alice Feiring (talk and tasting)

Join one of the worlds best known wine writers on Natural wine, Alice Feiring, for a broad ranging talk and tasting on Natural wine.

FORGOTTEN SKILLS - COOPERAGE with 5th Generation Master Cooper, Ger Buckley (demonstration)
A demonstration by Ger Buckley, Master Cooper at the local Midleton Distillery. The ancient craft and skill, dating back thousands of years will be expertly demonstrated by Ger, with barrels and the ancient tools still in use today.

A panel discussion with John Wilson, wine writer The Irish Times; Garrett Oliver, brewmaster Brooklyn Brewery and editor-in-chief of the Oxford Companion to Beer; Dave Broom, prolific Whiskey & drinks writer including the World Atlas of Whisky; Desmond Payne, the worlds most experienced Master Gin Distiller, and Nick Strangeway, leading cocktail expert known the world over for his innovation and his deep understanding of the history of mixed drinks.

About Litfest

The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine 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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