The inaugural international Literary Festival of Food and Wine took place at Ballymaloe House, Grainstore and Cookery School over the May Bank Holiday wekend, 3 – 6 May. A magical weekend was had, with many wine & drinks events, and here are a selection of photographs and some links to write-up on the weekend. We are already looking forward to 2014 Literary Festival!
We had a Masterclass from Master Cooper, Ger Buckley, Midleton Distillery who gave a presentation to the students of the 12-week course on the ancient craft of Cooperage. Ger dismantled a barrel using the various ancientÂ tools that are still in use to this very day, and talked us through it stage by stage, and heÂ then re-assembled the barrel. It was a truly fascinating presentation much enjoyed by the students, and our thanks to Ger. Also see our recent visit to Midleton Distillery here
Ballymaloe recently enoyed a tour and tasting of the local Midleton Distillery – just to refresh our memory – and tastebuds, of course! Irish Distillers recently won the award of ‘World Distiller of the Year’ and Best Pot Still Whiskey for their ‘Powers John’s Lane Reserve. Congratulations to all the team in Midleton Distillery – well deserved.
A short photographic tour of a great, educational day for us all in Ballymaloe. Our thanks to Brian, Kevin, Ger, Terry, Dave and all at Midleton Distillery.
Last year, in May 2011, we welcomed to Ballymaloe, Cesar Saldana, Consejo Regulador, Jerez, in association with Wines of Spain and The Irish Times Readers Evening – Cesar gave a fantastic Sherry Masterclass in The Grain Store in Ballymaloe, as part of our on-going series of wine events at Ballymaloe, and also hosted a Sherry & Food matching dinner, with John Wilson, wine writer, The Irish Times.
Pictured below, on his visit to Midleton Distillery, is Cesar Saldana, with Kevin O’Gorman, Irish Distillers, and Colm, pictured alongside some Sherry Butts which along with Bourbon Casks, and Port Pipes, are used also for maturing Irish Whiskey.