James Martin & Rachel Allen to headline food at RHS Malvern Spring Festival

James Martin & Rachel Allen to headline food at RHS Malvern Spring Festival
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TV’s James Martin and Irish Cooking Queen Rachel Allen are two of the high profile names who will headline the food and drink pavilion at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival later this May.

Foodies from across the country are expected to descend on the picturesque market town of Malvern for one of the most anticipated events of 2014.

The RHS Malvern Spring Festival – one of the UK’s first major garden shows of the season - will this year feature a greatly enhanced festival of food. A grand pavilion located in the heart of the Showground will be bursting with artisan food and drink from across the world plus a star studded line up of high profile chefs.

TV chef James Martin will be headlining the food festival with demonstrations and talks throughout the weekend. Meanwhile Rachel Allen will also be taking to the cookery theatre stage to entertain food lovers.

James Martin said: “No one can underestimate the links between food and gardening.  If you love good food, the chances are you are pretty into where it has come from.   The journey from field to plate is so often talked about in the media – however it is the allotment owners and the keen gardeners who are having the most fun with producing their own. 

“I love the fact that RHS Malvern has tied in food to this year’s line up.  As always, the event will showcase the very best of UK landscaping design.  However alongside the tulips and the alliums, there will be a super special celebration of all things edible in the garden and all things delicious in this region. It’s an inspirational experience for gardeners and foodies alike”

Rachel Allen said: “I am utterly thrilled to be involved with this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival as it is the first year to intertwine food with gardening. There is a great synergy between spades and spoons and in order for us chefs to produce wonderful dishes, the growth and harvest of our produce is so important. The Festival is set to showcase all that is great about food and gardening and I am really looking forward to seeing what’s in store.”

Tying in with its links as one of the UK’s top garden shows, the Food Festival at RHS Malvern will have a whole pavilion dedicated to Grow and Taste.  The supply chain between artisan food producers and the source of their ingredients will be laid bare and celebrated.   Showgoers will also be able to learn more about growing their own produce in the Get Going Get Growing workshops and how to incorporate these into exciting and fresh menus. 

Show development officer Nina Acton, from the RHS Malvern Spring Festival, said: “The Food Festival at RHS Malvern is extremely popular and has been greatly enhanced this year.  We are delighted to be welcoming a huge array of top chefs and producers who will form part of this exciting foody line-up.  It is going to add a fabulous new dimension to the gardening show.”

Friday will see Rachel Allen and top TV gardener Christine Walkden take to the stage to share expert knowledge from the kitchen and the garden. In a ‘Ready Steady Cook’ style, Christine will bring to the table a selection of ingredients, from which Rachel will create a delicious dish. Christine will then give Rachel a lesson in floral arrangement. For her Saturday masterclass, one lucky competition winner will join Rachel as her commis chef.

The RHS Malvern Spring Festival will take place from Thursday May 8 until Sunday May 11. Tickets are now on sale. Advanced tickets priced from £14.50 for RHS and TCAS members and from £15.50 for non-members.  Tickets available on the gate from £18. For more information on ticket prices, visit www.threecounties.co.uk/rhsmalvern