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Food, Flowers and Fun for the Family
This year's big May gardening event in Malvern has a new name and a new look.
The 2014 Malvern Spring Festival - formerly the Malvern Spring Garden Show - at the Three Counties Showground from May 8 till May 11 has brand new food and drink attractions, with television chefs James Martin and Rachel Allen giving the event some celebrity appeal. They will be cooking up a feast in a garden kitchen, creating tasty meals with ingredients sourced from in and around Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
Local chefs will be alongside James and Rachel demonstrating and discussing regional, national and international food trends.
A new specialist Food and Drink Pavilion incorporates a variety of food producers offering a range of dishes from around the world, with a Food Court offering everything from French crepes and spicy fajitas to chutneys, cider and beer.
Gardeners have not been forgotten, however. Celebrity experts Carol Klein, Chris Beardshaw and James Alexander-Sinclair will be on hand with green-fingered hints and tips, while the new 'Get Going, Get Growing' feature sees TV gardeners Christine Walkden and Chris Collins showing how to sow, grow and harvest flowers, fruit and vegetables for a 'grow your own' experience.
Looking back: One of the winning gardens at last year's Malvern Spring Show
This year's Show Gardens include an English Edwardian retreat and a sun-baked Balearic spot, with paella on the lunch menu. There are also new Festival Gardens, created with the Cotswold Gardening School, and the RHS Malvern Floral Marquee with dozens of displays by 80 top nurseries.
Time Lord: Dr Who-themed garden was a hit at Malvern 2013
The Country Living Pavilion has clothes, jewellery, fine food and wine, hand-crafted objects and crafts for sale.
In fact, there is pretty much something for everybody – and after the show you can visit the nearby Malvern town centre which is hosting a floral festival, a display competition between businesses.
The event, judged by the RHS, is a trail of displays made of flowers and natural materials. This year's theme is 'Once Upon a Time' so expect to be enchanted by short stories, tall tales, and spinning yarns.