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Celebrate the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness
Television gardeners Monty Don and Joe Swift will be among the celebrity guests at the 2014 Malvern Autumn Show at the Three Counties Showground on September 27 and 28.

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Demonstrating: Joe Swift will be at the 2014 Malvern Autumn Show

Popular presenter and designer Joe Swift will be at the show on Saturday and Sunday. Monty Don, the host of BBC's Gardeners' World, will join him on Sunday. They will be in The Good Life Pavilion demonstrating how to sow, grow and cook fruit and vegetables.

Also in the pavilion, feature gardens will include a tribute to the life and music of Sir John Tavener and a meadow garden with fruit trees, a vegetable patch and a flower garden.

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Prizewinning: Beautiful blooms at the RHS Flower Show

Elsewhere, the show boasts a RHS flower show with a range of award-winning blooms and the UK National Giant Vegetables Championship with new classes for 2014 'World's Largest Vegetable Soup Collection of Vegetables' and 'Heaviest Cucumber'.

The Malvern Autumn Show celebrates food, the countryside, gardening and nostalgia. The event features a range of cookery demonstrations, gardening talks, vegetable displays, vintage tractors, crafts and more.

Malvern Autumn Show
Impressive: The best fruit and vegetables at Malvern Autumn Show

Taking place a week after what is traditionally harvest festival time, the show is perfectly timed to include the best fruit and veg from Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.

In the Orchard Pavilion traditional and modern orchards are celebrated. The popular Annual Fruit Juice Show and Commercial Apple and Pear Competitions will take place as usual and there will be an array of stands selling apples, fruit trees and preserves made from orchard fruits.

A new attraction this year is The Hopyard which includes displays of the History of the Hop, the Hop Year and the Brewing Process. Visitors can see film footage of hop picking in days gone by.

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Crafts: Traditional skills are on display in Malvern

Talking of nostalgia, the Vintage Village has a traditional tearoom, a wartime pub and a olde-time dance hall. A range of vintage vehicles will be on display, including a collection of old commercial vehicles, steam engines, traditional forestry equipment, threshing and cider machines and historic lawn mowers and caravans.

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Harvest: See the threshing machine at Malvern Autumn Show

From personal experience I know that wandering around the event makes you very hungry so it's always good to see plenty of food for sale. Goodies on offer include delicious cheeses, drink, delicatessen items and pastries.

The Local Food Producers Market is home to local and national food and drink producers selling cakes, cheese, wine, chutneys, patisserie, pies, ice cream, preserves and confectionery. And in the Cooking Theatre you can see experts preparing dishes, including baking, fish dishes, artisan cheese and cooking foraged ingredients.

For pure entertainment head to the Activity Arena for displays of dog agility, gundogs and the Savage Skills stunt bike riders. And look to the skies for bi-plane acrobatics courtesy of pilots Richard Goodwin and Ben Lovering who will be looping the loop and completing daredevil stunts.
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Why? Say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn at the Malvern Autumn Show
When: September 27 & 28, 2014
Phone: 01684 584924
Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire
Cost: 15 advance; 17 on the gate
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