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A seasonal celebration of gardening, food and drink
The Malvern Autumn Show is back – and this year it has been extended from two days to three! After being postponed in 2020, the 2021 seasonal celebration takes place at Malvern's Three Counties Showground on September 24, 25 and 26. The huge Harvest Festival offers visitors gardening and grow your own delights, unique retail experiences and a wide selection of quality regional food and drink.
For the green-fingered, there is the open-air RHS Flower Show, with the chance to wander through impressive displays. Meanwhile, more than 40 of the UK's best nurseries and expert growers will gather in the new open-air floral arena to transform the Three Counties Showground with an abundance of colour, scent and movement: all competing for the coveted RHS 5-star rating in the first morning's judging session. Nurseries at the show include Bean Place Nursery, Craig House Cacti, Hooksgreen Herbs, Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants, Harts Nursery, Petrichor Bulb Specialists, Primrose Bank and Rose Cottage Plants.
There is also the opportunity to take a peek at the brimming bulb market where visitors can handpick from a selection of tulip, allium, daffodil and dahlia bulbs – perfect for adding a pop of colour to spring planting.
Gardening inspiration, hints and tips will be available from celebrity horticulturists, including Adam Frost (Friday and Saturday), David Domoney (Sunday) and Jonathan Moseley (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). And no visit to the Malvern Autumn Show would be complete without experiencing the CANNA UK National Giant Vegetables Championship. Expert growers battle it out for the title of biggest or heaviest vegetable and each year world records are smashed. At the 2019 competition, the longest turnip prize and new Guinness World Record was set at a massive 4.064m (13ft4in).
For foodies, a brand-new outdoor Food and Drink Village awaits, filled with a delicious mix of artisan food and drink purveyors, including the popular Malvern Gin Show, to tantalise the taste buds.
Fans of Eat Well for Less? will be excited to find presenter and produce expert Chris Bavin hosting demos and talks in the Food and Drink Theatre each day. Television mainstay chef, Rosemary Shrager, will appear on Saturday and Saturday Kitchen's Matt Tebutt on Sunday.
The all-new Outdoor Food and Drink Village will feature 40 local producers from across the three counties and beyond, catering for all tastes and needs, and offering a sample or two.
Visitors can look forward to exploring exciting cuisines from Bob's Curry Hut, Just Thai, Mediterranean BBQ, Samosa and Sauce, The Sweet Greeks and Sisters Indian Street Food, as well as British staples and titbits from Brockleby's Pies, The Crusty Pie Company, Derek Priestley Cheesemonger, Farm to Shop, Handmade Cornish Pasties, The Original Welsh Oggie Co. and Nixon Farm Pen-min-cae Welsh Black Beef and Lamb.
Sweet treats will come courtesy of Chock Shop, Brownies Rock, Continental Bakery, Fat Bottom Welsh Cakes, Flapjackery, Georgie Porgies Puddings, Ivor's Ice Cream, Platinum Pancakes Worcester and Yoghurt Delights.
For retail therapy, visitors should head for the Countryside Shopping Pavilion for a large selection of gifts and homeware.
Shows Manager, Jane Edwards, says: "The Malvern Autumn Show is the jewel in our seasonal events crown. With over 25 years of history and heritage, it is back for 2021 with a brand-new three-day format and lots of exciting experiences, alongside all the much loved and popular elements, including the must-see CANNA UK National Giant Vegetables Championship."