Darina Allen at Ballymaloe cookery school, Co Cork: ‘If there’s a warm Sunday without wind, we pack up baskets.’ Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Competition We want to hear your favourite picnic memories, locations, recipes and stories. Email them to itpicnic@irishtimes.com. In no more t(...)

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

JR Riall is a pastry chef at Ballymaloe House. During last year’s Literary Festival of Food & Wine, he was called out of the kitchen by 92-year-ol(...)

 Restaurateur and food activist Alice Waters of Chez Panisse in California will be a speaker at the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine (May 15th-17th). Photograph: Amanda Marsalis

Kerrygold want your favourite kitchen tips, shortcuts, and recipes that have been passed on through generations of family and friends, and the best wi(...)

 Fringe Festival at the Big Shed at last year’s Ballymaloe Litfest. Photograph:  Joleen Cronin

Ballymaloe Litfest continues its ascent If you haven’t yet been to Litfest at Ballymaloe, you’ve been missing out on one of the most important gl(...)

Alice Waters, founder of the Edible School Yard programme in the US. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

Transition year students are being invited to participate next September in a pilot scheme aimed at increasing their knowledge and appreciati(...)

Simply Darina

D arina Allen is moving at quite a pace. The 62-year-old is nimbly darting up steps, through gates, over walls and across muddy field(...)