It’s rare to meet one of your heroes. I can’t believe that I will be lucky enough to meet one of mine twice in less than five months and have the honor of introducing her.The great Irish chef and cookbook author Darina Allen, founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Co. Cork, will be speaking this weekend at the Irish Books, Art and Music Festival at Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. She will receive the festival’s first award for culinary arts at a gala dinner on Friday, Oct. 9. The festival is free, tickets for the gala are $150, $125 for IAHC members. Check the iBAM schedule for details about the festival and gala. This is a rare opportunity to hear her speak in Chicago, so get to iBAM on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. And please share this post.
When I was in Ireland last May, I went to the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Food and Literary Festival. Although only three years old, LitFest has become a must-attend event for chefs and food writers worldwide. Although Darina Allen is the head of the whole thing, amazingly she was one of the first people I met at LitFest following Chef April Bloomfield’s cooking demo. Not only did I talk to her about a mutual friend in Cork, she handed me a plate of April’s outstanding food.
To get a flavor of LitFest, watch this video of April Bloomfield at Kerrygold Ballymaloe LitFest 2015.
Here are a few more pictures from LitFest: