Wealth of special guests at Malvern Autumn Show
By David Wood
Well-known faces and rising stars will be coming together at the Malvern Autumn Show, which takes place at the Three Counties Showground on September 22, 23 and 24.
The much-loved seasonal showcase is hosting the biggest group of authors, presenters and celebrities the event has ever seen!
A variety of cuisines will be on offer in the Kitchen Theatre, award-winning food and garden writer and photographer Mark Diacono will host for the three days, with demonstrations and information-packed talks from chefs, cooks and food experts.
Don't miss expert forager Liz Knight, author of Forage: Wild Plant to Gather, Cook and Eat, who will be appearing on Friday and Sunday, and Helen Rebanks from the Lake District will be sharing her love and enthusiasm for food and farming with some delicious dishes.
Familiar faces from the Great British Bake Off (GBBO) will be among some of the UK's best-selling food and drink authors appearing in the Kitchen Theatre during a brand new Octopus Publishing takeover on Saturday, September 23.
Join Arthur Parkinson and Blanche Vaughan for a debate called Vegetable Versus Flower Gardening. Kew Gardens-trained Arthur's new book Planting a Paradise, which is published in October, is an inspirational guide to growing flamboyant blooms for humans and bees.
He is the designer of a garden for the Emma Bridgewater factory in Staffordshire which, like the accompanying book The Pottery Gardener, received wide acclaim. He followed up with The Flower Yard, which was one of the Times Best Gardening Books of 2021.
He's a guest presenter on BBC Gardeners' World, writes about keeping poultry and co-hosts the Grow, Cook, Eat, Arrange podcast with Sarah Raven.
Blanche Vaughan is a food writer and chef who worked at the River Café, Moro and St John. Her books include One Pot and Egg and itsu: the cookbook, which she wrote with Julian Metcalfe, while her latest, House & Garden: A Year in the Kitchen, is published in September. Blanche is the food editor at House & Garden magazine.
Chef-turned-food and travel photographer Joe Woodhouse, whose More Daily Veg is published in September, will be discussing how to make vegetables the star of the meal with GBBO contestant Crystelle Pereira.
Crystelle, the writer of Flavour Kitchen, was raised in London by Kenyan-born Portuguese-Goan parents and was included in the Vanity Fair list of Best Performances of 2021. Flavour Kitchen, published in May, showcases easy recipes using the most vibrant and exciting flavours.
John Whaite won the third series of GBBO and was runner-up in the 2021 series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, on which he made history by being the show's first all-male pairing. He's written five cookery books and a memoir Dancing on Eggshells, published on August 24. At Malvern John will be sharing stories and memories through food.
Learn about Christmas traditions and how to prepare for your best festive season yet with The Ginger Pig Rebecca Seal and GBBO's Jürgen Krauss.
Rebecca has written 10 cook books, including seven produced in collaboration with the restaurant group LEON. Her latest is Ginger Pig Christmas Cook Book, which comes out in October. Jürgen, who won the hearts of many during GBBO's 2021 season, hails from the Black Forest but now lives in Brighton. His German Baking, a celebration of German home baking, is published in August.
Discover how to make cocktails in 60 seconds with 'The World's Best Spirits' Joel Ridley and Neil Harrison how to match cocktails with canapes with Rebecca Seal. Joel and Neil are at the forefront of providing expertise and innovation within the drinks world and are regulars on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch. Their latest book is 60 Second Cocktails.
The popular Garden Theatre will return for 2023, hosted by Escape to the Country presenter Nicki Chapman who will be joined by a star-studded line-up of guests, including Ben Dark, head gardener and award-winning broadcaster working at the top of British horticulture. Plus, Kiran Sidhu, author of the moving and transformational book, I Can Hear the Cuckoo: Life in the Wilds of Wales.
The Garden Theatre will provide plenty of tips on what to plant for seasonal colour outside, along with advice for the veg plot. BBC Gardeners' World presenters Arit Anderson and Adam Frost will be making return visits, as will popular florist Jonathan Moseley, whose exuberant displays never fail to please audiences.
Meanwhile, Malvern favourite Martin Fish, who has a wealth of gardening knowledge and practical advice to share from his 35 years in horticulture, will be hosting the Potting Shed Stage in the Harvest Pavilion, talking to nurseries, growers and specialist plant societies.
He will take part in daily 'Gardeners' Question and Answers' panels with regular appearances by Jon Wheatley of Stonebarn Landscapes, based in the Chew Valley near Bristol, who has created more than 20 Royal Horticultural Society gold medal-winning features at various events.
Martin will also team up with his wife Jill for 'Gardening on the Menu' talks, and there will be talks from Jonathan Moseley and Arit Anderson too.
The Malvern Autumn Show is the UK's biggest harvest season celebration and packed full of exciting new experiences and unique entertainment.
For more information visit: https://www.malvernautumn.co.uk/
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