Slow Food Children’s Writing Competition for primary school children

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PrintCall for entries from up-and-coming Cork writing talent – a Slow Food Children’s Writing Competition for primary school children in association with Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine

Darina Allen, wearing two of her many hats, those of head of Slow Food East Cork and co-director of the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine, is looking for fresh new writing talent.

Each year for the past three years there has been a very successful writing competition with eight local schools, all of which are involved with the Slow Food East Cork Grow and Cook project.

This year, that competition is being expanded to all the primary schools in Cork County, with students being invited to write a story or poem about a local food producer, and the winning student invited to take part in a reading over the Litfest weekend.

The enlarged county-wide Slow Food Children’s Food Writing Competition in association with the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Litfest is asking primary school students to write their story or poem about a local food producer – a farmer, fisherman, baker, jam-maker, gardener, or anyone working in food production whose story they find interesting – as a way of encouraging pupils to learn more about local food producers in their area and promoting conversation about the many opportunities in the food sector.

“The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine is now in its fourth year,” says Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School, co-founder of LitFest, “and it continues to gather momentum, attracting over 8,000 people, young and old, onto the grounds of Ballymaloe House and Cookery School from 20th-22nd May 2016.

We would love to welcome the winner of this county-wide Slow Food Children’s Food Writing Competition in collaboration with Litfest to join the festival line-up this year, and be part of a VIP guest list that includes national and international press with authors, chefs, foragers, wine experts, educators, journalists, gardeners and TV crews from around the world.”

Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 and the first prize for this inaugural county-wide contest is a Kids Cookery Course at the Ballymaloe Cookery School and a signed copy of Rachel Allen’s cookbook. Second prize is an Afternoon Cookery Demonstration at Ballymaloe Cookery School and a signed copy of Rachel Allen’s cookbook, and prizes will be presented at the Kerrygold Ballymaloe LitFest by Darina and Rachel Allen on Sunday May 22nd 2016.

Entries for the Slow Food Children’s Writing competition should be on one side of A4 paper, and sent to
Cathriona Simms
Slow Food East Cork
Ballymaloe Cookery School
Shanagarry,
Co. Cork
to be received by Wednesday May 11th 2016.

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