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Visit The Midlands' own Harvest Festival
The Malvern Autumn Show is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an extravaganza of gardening, agriculture and cooking on September 26 and 27, 2015.

The popular event, staged in association with Westons Cider Visitor Centre, is set to showcase the best seasonal food and gardening in the stunning setting of the Three Counties Showground at the foot of the Malvern Hills.

Malvern Autumn Show, Three Counties Showground
Gardening: Stunning fruit and veg on display at Malvern Autumn Show

Renowned chef Valentine Warner, from BBC 2's What To Eat Now, will headline the show's Good Life Pavilion, demonstrating his signature cooking style of seasonal, simple, robust and flavoursome food.

On the same stage, BBC Gardeners' World presenter Joe Swift will share his expert gardening and growing knowledge, while Otter Farm's Mark Diacono will talk about cooking fresh from his farm kitchen.

The Good Life Pavilion will feature a huge allotment through which visitors can meander and hear top tips on preparing produce from the plot from the likes of Jim Buttress, one of the judges on BBC television's The Big Allotment Challenge.

Malvern Autumn Show, Giant vegetables, Three Counties Showground
Monster: Giant carrot at Malvern Autumn Show

The UK National Giant Vegetable Championship is set to return, bigger and better than ever before with a broad variety of oversized vegetables. In 2014, this area of the show smashed two vegetable world records. A giant cabbage weighed in at over 130lb and there was a scale-breaking 1200lb pumpkin.

There's a lot more than just fruit and veg, though. Visitors will be able to browse over 50 top exhibits in the RHS Flower Show and buy plants from award-winning nurseries. More Floral Art entries than ever before will also be on display. Visitors can immerse themselves in over 70 submissions with designs focused around various themes, including Colour Explosion, Fascinating Foliage, Little Treasures and Seasonal Swag.

Malvern Autumn Show, Three Counties Showground
Floral: Stunning displays in the RHS Flower Pavilion

Nostalgia and retro fans can discover hidden gems in the Vintage Village with an array of eclectic finds, including fashion, homewares, classic cars and more.

Thirsty visitors can seek out a tipple at the pop-up Westons Cider Visitors Centre. This area offers a cider bar and garden, along with Hereford Cattle from Weston's award-winning herd. The Orchard Pavilion & Hop Yard will also celebrate the region's finest cider, perry and beer with an overwhelming array of apples, pears and hops.

At the heart of the show's Food & Drink Hall will be a kitchen featuring a line-up of local chefs, including foraging favourite, Liz Knight. The Women's Institute will also lead The Village Show in this area, celebrating the finest examples of home baking and crafts.

Malvern Autumn Show, Three Counties Showground
Variety: Something for all at Malvern Autumn Show

Activities for children include dray rides, getting up close to furry friends in the World of Animals, a Discovery Zone hosting interactive educational activities, bread making, and a thrilling arena of adrenaline-fuelled shows from equestrian display team, the Galloping Acrobats, dog agility and gun dogs.

Ken Nottage, CEO of the Three Counties Agricultural Society, says: "Malvern Autumn invites visitors to be inspired by the season. It's a glorious showcase of harvest produce and gathering in the fruits of the summer, truly celebrating the wealth of the area. We look forward to welcoming families, foodies and garden lovers alike to the ultimate harvest festival."

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Why? Giant show celebrates its 20th anniversary
When: September 26 & 27, 2015
Phone: 01684 584 924
Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern
Cost: Advanced tickets are 15.50 (adults) and 5.50 (children). Tickets on the gate are 18 (adults) and 7 (children)
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