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GIY Profile - Ballymaloe Cookery School


Ballymaloe is the only cookery school in the world that is located in the middle of a 100-acre, organic farm of which ten acres are devoted to organic market gardens, orchards and greenhouses. Students learn to cook with a large variety of the freshest ingredients - for instance, we grow over 40 different types of tomatoes alone!

There are a range of gardening courses run throughout the year that are taught by our senior lecturer Susan Turner who was previously head gardener at Yalding Organic Gardens in the UK before taking up the same position at Ballymaloe Cookery School.  Susan has worked extensively in Israel, Germany and South Africa and has been lecturing on all aspects of horticulture since 2001.

The formal pleasure gardens are beautifully laid out and maintained and in the height of summer the herbaceous borders burst into flower. The herb garden is planted in the classic old Victorian knot style within 200 year old beech hedging. In the summer months the glasshouses are bursting with organic vegetables and herbs ready to be picked and taken straight to the eager students in the kitchens. Happy fat free range pigs greedily feed on any veggies left over. Healthy looking free range hens run around the place everywhere and Darina Allen likes to keep special and distinct breeds of fowl in movable chicken runs.

The kitchens and all the school buildings including the dining room, lecture rooms, library and self-catering accommodation - are located in delightful former farm buildings. Like the best traditional farms this is a family run business. There is a cheerful, friendly, welcoming atmosphere to the school, plus, of course, it is incredibly peaceful and beautiful. Visitors can sign up for afternoon cookery demonstrations most week days and it is by no means unusual to learn how to make 20 recipes in an afternoon. There are also half day, one day, two and half day and weeklong courses throughout the year.

The Cookery School is supplied with fresh fish straight from the boats in Ballycotton and as much as possible Darina supports the small local artisan food producers. Organic, local, fresh, Ballymaloe Cookery School

Source : GIY Profile - Ballymaloe Cookery School

Featured Event


02 November 2016 09:00 - 03 November 2016 04:00

NEC @ Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT, UK


SALTEX is the UK’s national event for grounds care, sports turf, amenities, estates and green space management. Now in its new indoor home at the NEC Birmingham, SALTEX can offer an even broader selection of exhibitors, and for the first time, nobody needs to worry about the weather! From turf care and specialist machinery to landscaping and playgrounds, some 260 SALTEX exhibitors will bring together the latest products, equipment, and expertise.

Machinery, Power & Hand Tools   -   Seeds, Turf, Aggregates & Treatments

Landscaping Materials  - Sports Surfaces & Facilities

Commercial Vehicles, Tyres & Trailers   -   Play Equipment & Street Furniture

Arboriculture & Horticulture   -   Education, Training, Development & Advice 

Security, Personal Protection, Health and Safety  -  Free to visit – Free Seminars

MORE than 8,000 individuals attend SALTEX each year – from groundsmen to park and leisure amenity officers, from greenkeepers to estate managers – they all have one thing in common – managing the green space around us.
SALTEX is perfect for seeing what tools, machinery, materials, and equipment are new to the market in one place and at one time.

SALTEX will take place at the NEC Birmingham on 2nd and 3rd November 2016.
2nd November: 9.00am – 5.00pm
3rd November: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Register for your FREE tickets now.

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