Here’s a top recipe for a great day out: stunning gardens, award-winning nurseries, gardening experts, celebrity guests along with The Food and Drink Pavilion in partnership with Copella as the icing on the cake at this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival.
This four-day event is set to tempt all the senses and tickle those taste buds. Aside from the horticultural highlights, the Festival is dedicated to celebrating British food and drink and welcomes back renowned food writer Mark Diacono to host The Kitchen Garden Theatre.
Jane Furze, Head of RHS Malvern Spring Festival, said: “RHS Malvern Spring Festival is not only proud to champion the finest in the gardening world, but also celebrate the wonderful variety of food we have at our fingertips here in Great Britain. The Food and Drink Pavilion is one not to be missed. Here you’ll find a myriad of first class exhibitors with an impressive range of homemade and artisan products that will entice visitors with an abundance of flavours, colours and scents. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the exceptional food talent this area has to offer. We are delighted to welcome back Mark to host this year’s Theatre and look forward to what promises to be a great weekend for all to enjoy.”
The Kitchen Garden Theatre will play host to a bustling line up of demonstrations and Q&A sessions from culinary and gardening experts alike on an array of topics including:
The Raymond Blanc Cookery School join us on Friday with a special demonstration called My Garden to your Plate. The school’s expert chefs who employ ethical, environmental and seasonal values whenever possible share some of their secrets with you. To hear from Raymond Blanc himself, visit the Festival Theatre, in partnership with Bonne Maman, headed up by award winning designer, writer and broadcaster, James Alexander-Sinclair.
Nutrition expert and author of River Cottage Gluten Free and Food for a Happy Gut, Naomi Devlin, will be on hand on Thursday to share top tips and inspiring recipes perfect for anyone with gluten intolerance or coeliacs. Naomi will show you don’t have to ditch your favourite foods or stick to hard-to-follow diets to maintain a happy gut.
Join Instagram star, Eleonora Galasso, author of ‘As the Romans Do’, as she shares the incredible culture and personality that Italian food has to offer. Roman native Eleonora is a firm favourite in the UK and has appeared on popular BBC One show Saturday Kitchen. She plans to take you on a journey of the culinary gems of the eternal city.
Incredible Edible’s Sara Venn will be dropping by Thursday and Sunday giving her recommendations for the best edible flowers to cook with including calendula flowers, radish seed pods and the roots of canna lily. Visitors can look forward to sampling a few. Incredible Edible, has built and planted over thirty edible gardens in parks, street corners and station platforms across Bristol.
Soak up a picnic atmosphere over at the Copella garden, this year’s official sponsor of the Food and Drink Pavilion. The garden especially designed by the RHS’s Young Designer of the Year 2016, Caitlin McLaughlin, will draw on the inspiring landscaping of UK orchards and meadows. Surrounded by hay bales, scattered seating and apple barrels, this is the perfect spot to taste the latest Copella juices. With a combination of raised beds filled with native wildflowers, naturalistic ornamental planting, apple trees and grass, the Copella garden is set to be another inspiring design from Caitlin that visitors won’t want to miss.
It’s not just Britain’s finest fare that’s served up at RHS Malvern Spring Festival. Over at the Festival Green supported by Worcester Bosch Group, visitors can discover the wonder of world foods in the international street food market. Dine on a host of delights from paella, pizza, gourmet burgers to German and Greek cuisine.
RHS Malvern Spring Festival is from Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 May 2017 at Three Counties Showground in Malvern. The four-day festival celebrates the latest trends in garden design, plants and innovation with a big helping of food and entertainment too. National treasure, Alan Titchmarsh, returns to the Festival along with fellow gardening experts Carol Klein, Monty Don, Joe Swift and Adam Frost.
Adult tickets start from £18 in advance while children (under 16) are free of charge. For more information and to book tickets, please call 01684 584924 or visit www.rhsmalvern.co.uk