RENOWNED chef and food writer Darina Allen will be in Kerry next week to make a special guest appearance at an annual food fair.
The Co. Laois native is the owner of Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shangarry, where she lives in Co. Cork.
Founded in 1983 by Allen and her brother Rory O'Connell, the school, which also features Allen’s daughter-in-law Rachel Allen, has grown to become one of the most prestigious cookery schools in the world with a far-reaching network of students and alumni.
The author of several successful Irish cookery books, Allen is also a leader of the Slow Food movement in Ireland and over the years was instrumental in establishing a network of farmers’ markets across Cork.
On November 9 she will be a special guest of the Listowel Food Fair at the ‘Celebratory Awards Banquet’ which will take place at the Listowel Arms Hotel.
The writer will also be signing copies of her new book The New Ballymaloe Bread Book while in Listowel.
Her latest book features more than 180 tried and tested recipes – including soda bread, yeast bread, sourdough, focaccia, flatbreads, sweet breads and breads from around the world.
It also includes a full section on gluten-free bread recipes, as well as special extras to accompany baked breads such as jams, spreads, butter and oils.
“In this book Darina brings a new generation of home bakers on a journey to learn bread techniques, from simple yeast bread and rolls, speedy soda bread and scones, through to sourdough from scratch and the famous no-knead Ballymaloe Brown Yeast Bread,” publishers Gill explain.
Speaking about the Listowel Food Fair, Chairman and former Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Jimmy Deenihan said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Darina Allen as our special guest for the forthcoming Listowel Food Fair.
“Darina first came to the Listowel Food Fair in the 1990’s when the festival was in its early stages and she has continued to remain a great supporter of Listowel Food Fair.”
He added: “This year Ballymaloe Cookery School celebrates its 40 year anniversary.
"Ballymaloe Cookery School has grown to become one of the most prestigious cookery schools in the world with a far reaching network of students and alumni.
"We would like to congratulate Darina Allen and the team at Ballymaloe for the significant contribution they have made.”
The 2023 Listowel Food Fair runs from November 9 – 13 for information click here.