Wine & Drink Event | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe
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‘Draught Horses in the Vineyard’ – and the revival of ancient traditions, working sustainably and responsibly in vineyards
 
Talk and wine tasting with Pascal Rossignol and Colm McCan Pascal Rossignol (McKenna Guides ‘Wine Person of the Year’ 2016, and Sunday Business Post wine merchant of the year Le Caveau) and Colm McCan (wine teacher at Ballymaloe Cookery School, and Food&Wine Magazine Sommelier of the Year in Ireland 2014) will give a talk and tasting of wines from special vineyards & vignerons where horses work between the vines.
 
DATE: Sunday 21st May 
Time: 6.30pm 
Venue: Drinks Theatre
Price €16
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'Terroir, a sense of place from Ballymaloe to Bordeaux to Otago', a talk and tasting with Irish writer, Judy O'Kane

Judy is an Irish writer based in London Bridge. She trained at Ballymaloe Cookery School where she first became alive to the importance of terroir, wine’s sense of place or ‘placeness’, or as Mrs. Allen wrote, that field always made good butter. Judy’s writing explores that sense of place.
 
Judy’s work has been published in The World of Fine Wine (UK), Alquimie (Australia) and The Irish Times. She won the Listowel Writers’ Week Original Poem Prize in 2015 (inspired by a wine trip to Napa) and her poetry has been published in Landfall (New Zealand). Thirst, her non-fiction work-in-progress, was shortlisted for the Tony Lothian Award in London in 2016 for best proposal for an uncommissioned first biography. The judges described the work as ‘a quest in many registers, and a celebration of the mystery of wine. Written with verve and insight, it’s a very modern form of memoir, and one that leads its readers into many different worlds along the way.’

 

 

 

Date: Sunday 21st May
Venue: Drinks Theatre
Time: 16.00-17.00
€16

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Irish Craft Beer : Bringing Brewing Back Home talk and tasting with Kristin Jensen

Kristin Jensen, co-author of the Irish Craft Beer & Cider book 'Sláinte, with a panel including craft brewers Sarah Roarty of N17, Cuilán Loughnane of White Gypsy and Alan Dempsey from Minch Malt.

Kristin Jensen, co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider, will lead a panel including Sarah Roarty from the N17 Brewery, Cuilan Loughnane from the White Gypsy Brewery and Alan Dempsey of Minch Malt to talk about how to add more value to Irish craft beer, whether it’s through breweries growing their own hops, the idea of terroir or tackling food waste through the innovative use of brewing by-products.

 

 

Date: Sunday 21st May
Venue: Drinks Theatre
Time: 14.00-15.00
€16

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GLASS HALF FULL – the ups and downs of vineyard life from South Dublin to South-West France, a decade of making organic and biodynamic wine Caro Feely in conversation with Tomás Clancy.

Caro is a wine author and organic winemaker based in South West France, Tomás is the Wine Correspondent for the Sunday Business Post, journalist, writer and broadcaster.

Date: Sunday 21st May

Venue: Drinks Theatre

Time: 12.00-13.00

€16

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From Blossom to Bottle - Irish Craft Cider. Kristin Jensen and a panel of Irish Cider makers. Kristin is co-author of the Irish Craft Beer & Cider book 'Sláinte.
 
Global consumption of cider is rising, but Irish cider production is falling. Why is artisan Irish cider so out of step with the thriving Irish brewing and distilling industries and even global trends? Kristin Jensen, co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider, and panellists including some of Ireland’s best craft cider makers and cider advocates will talk about how to sustainably grow the artisan Irish cider industry to take advantage of its full potential, from orchards to excise duties.
 
Date: Sunday 21st May
Venue: Drinks Theatre
Time: 10.00-11.00
€16
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Cocktails from locality to mindfulness with with Cork based Andy Ferreira together with London based Ally Kelsey

Cocktails from locality to mindfulness...

Cocktail demo and tasting with Andy Ferreira and Ally Kelsey

Andy and Ally will revert back to a time of community and shared local produce, and look at how bars and the drinks industry as a collective is trying to minimise waste while using the products around us and harnessing the science available to us, showing what the future might hold. Expect lots of friendly Celtic banter on this Cocktail journey!

Andy Ferreira is a bartender from Cork, he has travelled the world bartending and is the manager of Cocktail Bar 'Cask'. His events and consultancy company Raise the Bar places a big emphasis on farm to glass cocktails and whenever possible they use locally foraged ingredients. He met his Celtic counterpart 'Chemical Ally', Kelsey while working on the Jameson Bartender Academy.

Ally Kelsey originally from Glasgow is the current venue manager of the multi award winning White Lyan Cocktail Bar in East London. White Lyan is the first bar in the world that has no perishables at all; that means no ice, no citrus or other fresh fruit. Winner of ‘Most Creative Bar’ by Timeout Bar Awards 2016. Ally has spent 14 years bartending in Glasgow and London and has been a frequent visitor to Ballymaloe. Lover of Whisk(e)y, cocktails and everything delicious.

Date: Saturday 20th May
Venue: Drinks Theatre
Time: 20.00- 21.00
€16

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Cooperage demonstration with a focus on oak from different forests by Ger Buckley, Master Cooper, Midleton Distillery.

Date: Saturday 20th May
Venue: Drinks Theatre
Time: 17.00-18.00
Free event

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Wines of Germany - Europe’s Hidden Wine Jewel with Tomás Clancy

Saturday 20th May, 10.00am – 11.00am, €16
Drinks Theatre, talk and tasting with Tomás Clancy,
wine correspondent for the Sunday Business Post, journalist, writer and broadcaster.

 

 

The stars have aligned for German wines, the weather has adjusted, international taste and palate interests have changed towards lower alcohol, more lean and food friendly wine and maybe even in the final hurdle the feeling of strangeness or complexity.

 

A new generation of winemakers in Germany have grown up with New World wines and with the ongoing drive towards foregrounding sourcing, traceability and sustainable agriculture.

 

German wines now lead the world in biodynamic and organic production, nearly all the best wines and producers have become completely committed to this movement. German politics embraced the Green cause a decade before most other western countries 

 

Demeter, the most rigorous and prized Biodynamic certification is German in origin: prioritising wild ferments, eliminating excess sulphur and being immaculately harmonious in their vineyard work, is the only way for this younger generation.

 

The time for Irish wine lovers to reconnect with wine’s more open minded and diverse past is upon us and German wine may well be that forgotten future.  

 

Irish Whiskey with Kevin O’Gorman, Master of Maturation, Midleton Distillery and Patrick Purser, Forester

Kevin O’Gorman, Head of Maturation, Midleton Distillery, and Paddy Purser will delve into the wonderful world of oak, cask types and maturation during this talk. They will explain the significant impact which the oak origin and type of seasoning has on the whiskey aroma and taste, and by way of illustration, a tasting of Irish whiskey reflecting different cask types will be conducted. Tasting includes: Green Spot Leoville Barton, Redbreast Lustau, Method and Madness Single Malt Irish Whiskey and Midleton Dair Ghaleach. 

 

Date: Saturday 20th May
Venue: Drinks Theatre
Time: 16.00-17.00
€16

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Fabulous Fizz - Superb champagnes & sparkling wines from family-owned estates with Mary Dowey, author, wine editor The Gloss Magazine

 A devotee of the finest fizz, Mary Dowey presents a line-up of sparkling gems with a difference. All come from small family producers with a much stronger focus on quality than on the lavish marketing often associated with bigger, more familiar brands. This wine talk and tasting will highlight fascinating stylistic differences across a wide geographical sweep, taking in exciting estates in England, Spain and Italy as well as in the celebrated heartland of the sparkling universe, Champagne. 

 

 

Date: Saturday 20th May
Venue: Drinks Theatre
Time: 12.00-13.00
€16

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