One of the unique aspects of taking the 12 Week Certificate at Ballymaloe Cookery School is the sheer wealth of extra-curricular activities that students are exposed to while they are here. There is often some notable chef, or friend of Darina's, dropping into the school who will invariably be invited to speak to the students, or give a guest lecture at one of our many evening events.

Ballymaloe Cookery School proudly hosts events for the East Cork Slow Food Convivium, which educates students on the most important topics being discussed in the global food industry - artisan food production, climate change, soil biodiversity, and much more. 

Our students may choose to end their day once lectures finish for the day; others may choose to extend their day by:

  • milking our cows
  • taking our early morning Wednesday farm walk
  • making cheese in our dairy,
  • taking our after-hours sourdough workshops.
  • attending a fermenation workshop in the bubble shed.

They are also encouraged to sign up for an evening observing and helping at Ballymaloe House, or a particular local restaurants or cafe. It is also of great interest to some students to help out at our farmer's market stall at the Midleton Farmer's Market, . 

Sometimes, our students decide to host their own events at the cookery school, such as pop-up dinners or craft beer tastings. It all depends on the class in question, there's lots of scope for creativity!


There is also lots to do in Cork City at the Weekends, including lots of great cork restaurants