'Our Responsibility' Symposium All Weekend | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe

'Our Responsibility' at Litfest17

The Grainstore will be transformed into an exciting auditorium staging a thought-provoking and inspiring series of short talks and presentations, giving us the most up to the minute news of what’s happening in the world of food and drinks. By gathering an interesting and dynamic pool of writers, experts, authorities and interested parties from at home and abroad, the festival will focus our minds and thoughts on “ Our Responsibility”

These presentations will be broken into four sessions over the weekend - Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon. Tickets for the half-day sessions will be priced at €50 each or €90 for a full-day. A two day weekend ticket will cost €170. The full ‘ Our Responsibility’ programme will be released before tickets go on sale on 9th January.

Date: All weekend - Saturday 20th May - Sunday 21st May Time: 09.30-17.30 Venue: Grainstore Price: €170

Saturday 20th May

9.30-10.00  Welcome and opening comments                                                                                               

10.00-10.15 A Cooks Responsibility – Christian Puglisi -owner of Relae, Manfreds and Baest in Copenhagen

10.20-10.35 Farmers- Severine von Tscharner Fleming,  Alice Holden and Paddy Frankel

10.40-10.55 A short film, Happening, Reading

11.00-11.15 Question and Answers

11.15-11.45 Coffee Break                                                                                                                                      

11.45 -12.00 Direct Provision - Ellie Kisyombe tells her story                                                                         

12.05-12.20  Responsible Travel to Sustainable Places - David Prior, International Editor Conde Nast Traveler

12.25-12.40 Reading, Happening, Short film

12.50 -13.00 Questions and Answers

13.00-14.45 Lunch                                                                                                                                                   

14.45-15.00 Nutrition – Really? Joanna Blythman, investigative food journalist.                                        

15.05-15.20 The Joy of Cooking- Margot Henderson, Rory O’Connell  and more TBC                                              

15.25-15.40 Diet, Stress and Mental Health – Professor Ted Dinan, University College Cork                                                           

15.45-16.00 Reading, Short Film, Happening 

16.05-16.20 Questions and Answers                                                                                                                    

16.20-16.50 Afternoon Tea                                                                                                                                       

16.50-17.05 Claudia Roden – ‘Every Cuisine Tells a Story‘                                                                               

17.10-17.25 Food Cloud  - Tackling Food Waste in a Technological Age.                                         

17.30-17.45 Reading, Short Film, Happening

17.50-18.05 Questions and Answers                                                                                                                     


Sunday 21st  May

9.30-10.00 Welcome                                                                                                                                                

10.00-10.15 The Perennial, San Francisco - Karen Leibowitz                                                                          

10.20-10.35 The Edinburgh Food Studio  Ben Reade and Sashana Souza Zanella                                                            

10.40-10.55  A short film, Happening, Reading

11.00-11.15 Question and Answers                                                                                                                       

11.15-11.45 Coffee Break                                                                                                                                         

11.45 -12.00 Responsible Shopping - Leila McAllister, Sally Clarke, Peter Ward, Ruth Healy and Sally Butcher                                                                                                            

12.05-12.25 Building a Food Growing Movement - Michael Kelly, Founder of GIY                                    

12.30-12.45 Food From Space- The Final Frontier. Niall Smith, astrophysicist and head of research at Cork Institute of Technology.

12.50 -13.00 Questions and Answers                                                                                                                    

13.00-14.45 Lunch                                                                                                                                                    

14.45-15.00 Chef’s Table on Netflix – A phenomenon Brian McGinn  executive producer and director explains                                                                                                         

15.05-15.20 Terrifying Kitchens – Robin Gill from The Dairy talks respect and responsibility                   

15.25-15.40 The Diet of Champions with Derval O’Rourke                                                          

15.45-16.00 Reading, Short Film, Happening

16.05-16.20 Questions and Answers                                                                                                                    

16.20-16.50 Afternoon Tea                                                                                                                                       

16.50-17.05 To Eat is a Political Statement: EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis                                                                                                         

17.10-17.35 Reading, Short Film, Happening

17.40 - 18.15 One Third  - Conclusions:  Joanna Blythman, Rory O’Connell, Christian Puglisi, Ellie Kiysombe and Severine Von Tsharner Fleming                                                                    



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