ireland's newest Festival

Celebrating 60 years of Ballymaloe

The inaugural weekend festival is jam-packed with cooking demos, pop-up dinners, talks, guided tours, walks, workshops, and exhibitors celebrating the journey of good food from the soil and sea to your plate.

World-class chefs from Ireland and beyond will travel to County Cork to celebrate with us. Weekend pass includes access to all festivities, offering flexible options for day or evening admission, prices ranging from €12 to 65.Car parking is free, and a shuttle bus will operate from Midleton and Ballycotton to the

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What can you expect?

A spectacular epicurean weekend adventure

A stellar line-up of chefs from around Ireland and the UK will join us for cooking demonstrations, pop-up dining experiences, talks, walks, workshops, music, food trucks, craft, food and drink producers and so much more.

Full Day and Weekend passes grant entry to the Grainstore Kerrygold Main Stage Cooking Demonstrations, The Woodshed, Cook the Books stage, Drinks Theatre, Change We Must in the Big Shed, Food Emporium, and selected Guided Tours and Talks. Additionally, indulge in extra-special guest chef Pop-up dining at Ballymaloe House Hotel and some Workshops are available for an additional fee. Kids under 12 enter free.

Darina Allen talks to Ballymaloe's Head Chef


Get ready to sip and savour with Colm McCan at the Drinks Theatre, where he spills the beans on the hottest trends and flavours in the wine and drinks scene.

Don't miss out on a complete festival experience, be sure to participate in guided tours and workshops or join in the walled garden tour and wellness activities.

The Big Shed Stage will host a hub of activities themed around ‘Change We Must’ led by Karen O'Donohoe of 'Grow It Yourself Ireland' and the RTÉ TV program 'Grow, Cook, Eat'. Join Karen and her panel lists for important discussions around soil, farming, the sea, and fishing, and the changes we must make toward sustainability.

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Food, Drink & Craft Emporium

Sponsored by the Local Enterprise Office, South Cork

We are delighted to have an exceptional list of Irish Food, Drink, Craft and Garden Exhibitors at the Ballymaloe Festival of Food.

Our Food and Drink exhibitors are bursting with Ireland's finest artisanal producers, along with beautiful crafts and wonderful garden stalls. Be ready to be inspired and to take a little bit of the festival home with you.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy throughout the weekend. Get your tickets today!  

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Darina Allen talks to Ballymaloe's Head Chef

Schedule of Events

Saturday 18th May 2024

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Sunday 19th May 2024

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Exhibitors Mayfair 2023

May 12th, 13th and 14th 2023

Friday 5pm to 10pm - Saturday 10am to 10pm - Sunday 10am to 5pm.

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