Sodexo Ireland is celebrating five years as a sponsor of the world-renowned Ballymaloe LitFest in Cork. Margot Slattery, country president and Julianne Forrestal, executive chef, were guests at the Dublin launch on Tues 11th April at O’Connell’s Restaurant in Donnybrook, Dublin.
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The Ballymaloe LitFest has been rated one of the best festivals in the world to visit in 2017 by Conde Nast Traveller. The co-founders, sister and brother team Darina Allen and Rory O’Connell of Ballymaloe Cookery School, welcomed a full house of culinary fans, chefs, food and drinks writers, policy makers, media and all-round lovers of food to celebrate the launch.
This year, at LitFest, Sodexo has arranged for Dorcas Barry, a nutritional consultant, healthy cookery teacher and meditation coach, to give some morning classes on healthy eating and meditation, designed to fuel the body and soul and make the most of the festival experience. Sodexo has worked with Dorcas Barry for many years; she has collaborated with the culinary team in the development of healthy, vegetarian, vegan and raw recipes with the important emphasis on taste, alongside a programme of healthy eating demonstrations on client sites.
l/r Margot Slattery, country president, Sodexo Ireland, Litfest co-founder Darina Allen and Julianne Forrestal, executive chef, at the Dublin launch of LitFest 17.
Margot Slattery said, “We’ve been a supporter of the Ballymaloe LitFest since its inception five years ago and we’re so pleased and delighted to be involved once again in 2017.It’s a unique and fascinating festival held in beautiful surroundings and the speaker lineup every year is always of world-class calibre, a glorious mix of established and emerging talent.”
As in previous years, LitFest will be welcoming the experts – award-winning food writers, famous chefs, food and environmental activists, avant-garde farmers big and small, food filmmakers and photographers, soil experts and bee-keepers, wine makers, distillers and brewers, and policy makers.
Ballymaloe LitFest runs from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st May 2017 at Ballymaloe, Shanagarry. Cork. www.litfest.ie
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