Our Table, an open air banquet for 400 people took place on Cork’s Oliver Plunkett Street on June 14th as part of this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival. Picture Clare Keogh

Plus sauces in Bloom and prideful potatoes

The Timing of Fires was the title of his talk at Litfest, and that meant a 4am start for  the Argentinian master of cooking with fire Francis Mallmann (above right), with Fingal Ferguson. Photograph: Joleen Cronin

It was another memorable weekend at the fourth Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine, with another sell-out crow(...)

The correct cup: the taste of your coffee is influenced by the vessel from which you drink it.

Style and function meet in specially designed hot beverage vessels,

Rory O’Connell (fourth from left), co-director of the Kerrygold Ballymaloe LitFest, pictured with Kamal Mouzawak, Claire Ptak, Cortney Burns and Sky Gyngell and Francis Mallman.  Photograph:  Clare Keogh

With hundreds of events taking place at the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine this weekend, it helps to know w(...)

The Campo Viejo Tapas Trail returns to Dublin and Cava Galway is one of the venues taking part

As well as new premium chocolate bars from Lily O’Brien and the Campo Viejo Tapas Trail returns to Dublin

Yotam Ottolenghi, chef and restauranteur. Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

The London master chef and his team develop new recipes at an unusual test kitchen in Camden

The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine runs from May 20th-22nd. Illustration: Lydia Hugh Jones

Francis Mallmann, Mya Henry, Claire Ptak and Hugh Johnson among the big names taking part

Yotam Ottolenghi (R) and Ramael Scully (L). Scully is head chef at Ottolenghi's restaurant Nopi.

The head chef at NOPI and co-author of the restaurant’s cookbook is endlessly curious

Sabrina Ghayour: “I chose the name Sirocco because it’s a Saharan wind that starts in the east and blows west, and my flavour palette is very eastern-based, but combined with the everyday western produce I grew up with.”

Following her best-selling debut, Sabrina Ghayour’s second cookbook is a masterful blend of East and West. She comes to Dublin for(...)

Getting in the mood for the 2016 Slow Food Festival with a little trip out on the Atlantic (from left): Liam O’ Brien - manager The Doolin Ferry Co, Birgitta Hedin-Curtin - chairperson Slow Food Clare, John Curtin and Kieran O’ Halloran - Kieran’s Kitchen at The Roadside Tavern. Photograph: Yvonne Vaughan Photography.

Cavan chef promotes gluten-free cooking as Taste of Dublin prepares for its homecoming

The Hang Fire Cookbook: Recipes and Adventures in American BBQ gives instructions on how to build your own smoker, care for it and(...)

Holy Smoke BBQ restaurant, Cork. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

John Relihan is cooking low ’n‘slow at Holy Smoke barbecue restaurant in Cork

Risotto Asparagus risotto three ways with parmesan sauce, fish ragout and hard-boiled egg sauce on the Ross Lewis Luciano Tona House of Peroni menu

Chefs Ross Lewis Italian Luciano Tona to delight at House of Peroni pop-up

Cashew nut and paneer koftas: one of the recipes in Chetna Makan’s new cookbook

‘Great British Bake Off’ semi-finalist Chetna Makan’s cookbook is strongly flavoured by her Indian heritage

West Waterford Festival of Food highlights local produce and stars

Tipperary Food Producers members and supporters ahead of the Great Taste Awatds 2016.

From a hot smoky barbecue restaurant in Cork to tip top Tipperary fare and a Sligo trail

Donal Skehan ... back in Ireland for a few months, but  heading to London this weekend to present ‘Saturday Kitchen’ on BBC television

The Irish Times food writer and TV star will take the helm at the live cookery show on Saturday morning

Guardian food writer Felicity Cloake by Alistair Levy

The A-Z of Eating: A Flavour Map for the Adventurous Cook is the carb-loving writer’s fourth book

Léonie Ferguson has built a business based on her childhood recipe for chocolate biscuit cake

Cooking the Pakistani way, buying biscuity treats and pitting Burgundy against Bordeaux

Aisling Larkin and Louise Lennon of www.foodoppi.com

Put your barbecue skills to the test, meet Trish Deseine, cooking for kids

Chefs Paul Flynn and Louise Clarke (front, centre) getting set for the West Waterford Festival of Food

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week's food news with Rosemaire Durr’s hand-thrown pottery at sale prices and a spread of amazin(...)

Sample brewer’s paste, make your own wholefood snack bars, visit Val’s Kitchen

Donal Skehan, The Irish Times Magazine’s newest food columnist. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Food writer Donal Skehan will soon take ‘Irish Times’ readers on a global food journey from his new base in Los Angeles. But be(...)

Meet the women who have succeeded in putting Irish food on menus around the world

The 2016 Irish Food Writers' Guild Food Award winners are, from left: Ralph Haslam – Mossfield Organic Farm (Offaly); Julie and Rod Calder-Potts – Highbank Organic Orchards (Kilkenny); Cuilan Loughnane – White Gypsy Brewery (Tipperary); Sharon Greene – Wild Irish Foragers (Offaly); Kirsti O’Kelly – Silver Darlings (Limerick); and standing front: Joe Fitzmaurice – Riot Rye Bakehouse and Bread School (Tipperary). Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Writers give the nod to pickled herring, nettle syrup, milk and stout

Marie-Claire Digby with this week's food news

Pastry chef Will Torrent makes it easy to reproduce classic pâtisserie at home

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week’s food news

Avansino’s book has been described as “a healthy eating bible”, but rather than preaching, it gently encourages what is an adaptable and inclusive way to eat.

Calgary Avansino’s ‘Keep It Real’ is persuasive about the benefits of a plant-based diet

Derry Clarke of L’Ecrivain is getting on his bike for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week's food news

 Ali Mitter, Shane Bonner and Katrina Crawford; behind, Clare Wilkinson Naveen Bachani, and Mari Donelan at Newmarket Kitchen at Bray Business Park . Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Commercial food preparation spaces take everyone from start-ups to large firms

Chefs Gill Meller and Steven Lamb, who both feature in the River Cottage TV shows and cookbooks, will be teaching hands-on classes

Marie-Claire Didgy rounds up the week’s food news

Ella Woodward: The eating regime that Woodward devised involved saying goodbye to gluten, dairy, refined sugar, processed food, additives and meat. Photograph: Clare Winfield

Ella Woodward’s health turnaround has inspired her second recipe book and new deli

Knockranny House Hotel

Marie-Claire Digby on this week's food news

Deep fried seabass from Eatzen for Chinese New Year

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week’s food news

Superfood granola balls

These nutritious treats are versatile and easy to make

Gareth Mullins, executive chef at The Marker hotel in Dublin: ‘Healthy food doesn’t mean bland food.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Marker’s executive chef devises menus that are as nutritious as they are tasty

Tickets went on sale today for the fourth Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine which takes place in May. Photograph: Joleen Cronin

Booking opened at noon today for the annual festival of food, drink and literature and for some events the sold out sign is al(...)

The weekly food news round-up from Marie-Claire Digby

To spot truffles, you typically look for the brûlée or burn, around the trees. They grow best in south-facing beech, oak, birch an(...)

Marie-Claire Digby at home

It’s been a bumper year for food publishing, so much so that selecting just 10 books to recommend was a challenge

We’ve enlisted Derry Clarke (L’Ecrivain); Ken Harker (Lady Helen); Ross Lewis (Chapter One); Danni Barry (EIPIC) and Aoife Noonan (Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud) to suggest seasonal dishes with a twist for Christmas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

We asked chefs from Michelin-starred Irish restaurants to tackle five fantastic courses

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this weeks food news

Chef Gavin McDonagh, at Brioche Restaurant, in Ranelagh, Dublin, with his family, friends and Christmas Dinner.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chef Gavin McDonagh shares his recipes for a hassle-free Christmas family feast

Ciaran Sweeney, James Sheridan, Soizic Humbert, Damien Grey and Andrew Heron. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Explore Dublin’s culinary scene at Canteen @ the Market and Forest Avenue

Owner/Manager Russell Wilde and Head Chef David O’Byrne  at Richmond restaurant, Portobello, Dublin.

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week’s food news

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week's food news

Cinthia Molina with H.E. Carlos García de Alba, Ambassador of Mexico to Ireland and Nanette Mendoza. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this week's food news

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up this weeks food news

After six months searching for the right premises, the couple found “ a great site on Leonard’s Corner” and after a summer spent doing the place up, Bastible is now open at 111 South Circular Road. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up all the food news from the week

Beware of tempting jewellery bargains in Thailand. Do your research before you part with your cash

One of the team spotted a Christmas garland cake that inspired what is sure to be a bestseller for M&S this year

Retailer introduces Flavours of the World range for Irish shoppers

Cormac Rowe joining the team at “Kitchen in the castle” cookery school at Howth CastlePictured L - R Cormac Rowe, Mary Drum, Susan Bell & Sarah Hughes: Angela Halpin

The weekly food news round-up from Marie-Claire Digby

Dervla James. Photograph: Andrea Flanagan

The weekly food news round-up from Marie-Claire Digby

Finalists in the Blas na hÉireann awards gather at Dingle harbour with their products. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up the week’s food news

After three decades in France, Trish Deseine has returned to Ireland and has written a book that celebrates Irish food and cooking(...)

Marie-Claire Digby rounds up the week’s food news

Eccentric Austrian chocolatier Josef Zotter who has launched a chocolate bar containing pig’s blood

Irish chefs lead the pack this season but there are some great food twists also. Marie Claire Digby rounds up the latest trends

Kate Packwood set up Wildflour Bakery to offer cakes that have a distinctive style, an eccentricity and strong attention to detail . Photograph: Rincy Koshy

Marie-Clire Digby rounds up the food news from the week

 Spanish Jamón Ibérico being hand sliced to order. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Spanish ham and sherry experts fly in for Dublin masterclasses

Bao: the Taiwanese snack-food buns that get steamy

Make your own bitters at the Fumbally autumn series

Delicious Dingle, modern Chinese at home and autumn workshops at Fumbally

Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers, whose beef dripping won this year’s  supreme award for the best food product in the UK and Ireland, at last night’s Guild of Fine Food awards in London

James Whelan Butchers’ dripping takes top spot at annual Guild of Fine Food awards in London

US singer/songwriter Kelis has written a cookery book . . . and it’s very good

American Grammy nominee Kelis ducked out of the studio and into a Cordon Bleu chef training course before working in professional (...)

Jordan Bourke and Rejina Pyo

Take a chef from Dublin and designer from Korea – mix together for a creative book

Michael Kelly, founder of GIY, ahead of the Waterford Harvest Festival and the GIY Grow  next weekend.

Food festivals, family fun at Airfield and deliciously priced red pesto for Galmere

The Oyster Bar at the Shelbourne Hotel, one of a number of locations celebrating the shellfish throughout Sept ember

Oyster festivals around the country; tasty wholewheat pizza bases; treasured old cookery books

Passion for femented foods: chef and food writer Charlotte Pike

Chef and food writer Charlotte Pike discovered her passion for fermentation while on a cookery course at Ballymaloe. She explains (...)

Jess Murphy, chef proprietor of Kai in Galway, and now the new resident chef for Meadows & Byrne. Photograph: Martina Regan

A new chef for Meadows & Byrne; a book to feed body and soul; and ice cream that’s good for you

Chefs Rodney Doyle and Derek O’Brien in the School of Food training kitchen in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Pat Moore

School of Food in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny is launching a professional chef training course

Table talk: have you got what it takes to be the ultimate social diarist?

How’s this for a dream job: a furniture company is looking for someone to send on a round-the-world dinner-party assignment

Olive Oil from Ristorante Rinuccini

Olive oil from Ristorante Rinuccini, films and Indian food on the lawn at Tattersalls, what to do with those tomatoes and pimped p(...)

Raspberry and vanilla roses from M&S

Delicious desserts, Daisy cottage breads, Wild Atlantic seafood trail and sea salt

Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms is one of two Irish food companies that have been awarded three stars in the Great Taste 2015 UK and Ireland food awards. Photograph: Roger Overall

Food producers strike gold at UK and Ireland awards

Sharon Greene’s wild shrubs are made with foraged wild berries, flowers, herbs and crab-apples picked on her family farm

Sharon Greene’s wild shrubs can be sipped or used in dressings, marinades or as a seasoning

Jamaican/British musician and chef  Levi Roots brings a taste of the Caribbean to The Big Grill Festival in Herbert Park next month. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Smoke will be rising, beer bottles clinking and music playing when The Big Grill Festival arrives in Dublin 4 next month

Ballynahinch Castle hotel in Connemara has had a facelift that includes the addition of this picturesque terrace for summer dining and cocktails

Dine by the water in Ballynahinch, a Wilde meal, try buckwheat and chickpea pasta, order chocolate from Co Clare

 Michael Kelly launching the #GrowItYourSelfie fundraiser with   growers Shona Du Bois and Karen O’Donohoe. Photograph: Mary Browne

Fundraiser aims to raise €100,000 for GROW HQ in Waterford

Munroe’s jerk seasoning  with Teeling whiskey

Keen Nutrition, nut butters, Munroe’s Teeling jerk seasoning and Alchemy’s raw deal

Tony Divito and Joanne Gibney  of Cocobrew

The ‘bulletproof’ style coffee is on sale at today’s new lunchtime food market at George’s Quay in Dublin city centre

Conor Dempsey, chef patron at Amuse on Dublin’s Dawson Street, is offering a new range of set menus

A new tasting menu, lamb delivery, food festival and healthy eating books for children

Alain Ducasse (right),  with sous chef Romain Meder at the Plaza Athénée, is one of 37 top chefs swapping their restaurant for a mystery one where they will cook dinner tomorrow evening. Photograph: Pierre Monette

The creative forces behind 37 of the world’s top restaurants are swapping kitchens, homes and even families . . . for one night on(...)

 Scholarship winner Epi Rogan  with Lynda Booth  of Dublin Cookery School in Blackrock. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

Epi Rogan’s beef cheeks dish wins her a place on a three-month professional course

Frédéric Souty,  master baker at Fallon & Byrne’s new in-store bakery on Exchequer Street

Restuarant openings and reinventions, baking hot bread and the pleasures of pumpkin seed oil

Domini Kemp’s Asian Gazpacho. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Asian and Middle Eastern inspired no-cook savoury dishes that won’t keep you chained to the stove. Follow the links for grilling r(...)

Book-ears by Orla Kerr

Cake decorating, marking out recipes, FitzGerald feast, floral workshop and afternoon tea with seafood

Andrew Rudd, who is hosting a series of tasting evenings in the former Venu restaurant premises on Anne’s Lane in Dublin 2.

Entertaining evenings, a new food market and the ultimate spice kit

Daniel Wilson of the Huxtaburger chain in Australia constructs his carefully, Joe Macken of Jo’Burger says beef is best, and Bren(...)

Monica Galetti, who until recently was sous chef at Le Gavroche, and is a presenter on Masterchef: The Professionals, is the star performer in the Electrolux Taste Theatre on Sunday afternoon

Win tickets to the food festival tomorrow and see Masterchef’s Monica Galetti in action

Buying spices at Dubai’s food market. Photograph: Getty

The UAE mecca for absurdly luxury hotels and shopping malls is also home to a mouth-watering assortment of exotic foods

Sticky, tasty rotisserie chicken from Poulet Bonne Femme - perfect for summer picnics

Everything you need for the perfect barbecue, from the tools to top tips

Kieran and Sean Murphy  of Murphy’s Ice Cream who have been harvesting Dingle’s rainwater and turning it into sorbets

A foraging masterclass, rainwater sorbet and a slick idea for olive oil

The Fruit People: a fruit and healthy snack  delivery company set up by brothers Brian and Barry Dennis

Mouth-watering food trails not to be missed, cookery course for busy people and fruit on the go

Dr Prannie Rhatigan  will be out and about with a seaweed identification tour

Seaweed festival, Bloom for foodies, Aldi’s baby food range and Supervalu’s ‘best beef ever’

Fuchsia Dunlop will be doing a three-hour demonstration as well as a talk about her books and her “essential flavours” at the Ballymaloe Litfest. Photograph: Jonathan Perugia

Fuchsia Dunlop, the first foreigner to train at the Sichuan Institute of Higher Cuisine, loves the simplicity of Chinese cooking (...)

Fun on the fringe at Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine. Photograph: Joleen Cronin

This year’s Litfest promises lots of authors and chefs – and you can taste their food and take home their recipes

Sarah McNally and Liadain Kaminska  will launch The Market Kitchen at the Dublin city centre market

Dine at the Tramyard in Dalkey; rise for the dawn chorus in Meath; eat fresh in Temple Bar; quick quinoa for kids

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