Celebrate the harvest and explore a feast of fungi at RHS Harlow Carr Autumn Food Festival

Friday 2 October 2015

• Enjoy a ‘fungus foray’ to identify edible fungi • Learn how to transform seasonal vegetables into a harvest feast • Get tips on planting, pruning and maintaining home-grown fruit

Celebrate this year’s harvest and experience all that is fresh and tasty this season at RHS Garden Harlow Carr’s Autumn Food Festival (Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 October).

The weekend-long event is a chance to celebrate the abundance of produce that the autumn harvest brings. There will be tastings, displays and local food stalls throughout the weekend from 10am to 4pm.

Visitors to the North Yorkshire garden can enjoy cookery demonstrations from 11am to 3pm with award-winning French chef, Lionel Strub, who will demonstrate how to turn fresh produce harvested from Harlow Carr’s inspirational Kitchen Garden into a mouth-watering harvest feast featuring Yorkshire ale & beetroot loaf, Thai green vegetable curry and a toffee apple tart.

Visitors will be able to take part in a ‘fungus foray’ to discover fresh fungi and identify edible mushrooms that grow in the garden. There is a charge for the fungus forays, which take place at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm and will led by members of the Mid Yorkshire Fungus Group. Places must be booked in advance by calling 020 3176 5830. The group will also be able to help identify your mushroom specimens, so bring them along and test the group’s knowledge.

Martin Fish, writer and BBC Radio York gardening expert, will be in the garden talking about growing fruit. He will offer tips on planting, pruning and maintaining fruit in the garden and in containers, and will give advice on how to store, preserve and juice your autumn harvest.

Bring along your home-grown apples for identification by experts from the Northern Fruit Group. Visitors who want their apples identifying are advised to supply at least three from each tree and no more than three different cultivars.

Normal garden admission applies. Visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson or call 01423 565418 for more details.


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RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
SatNav: HG3 1UE

Opening times
Harlow Carr is open every day except for Christmas Day.
9.30am – 4pm November to February inclusive
9.30am – 6pm March to October inclusive
Last admission is one hour before closing time.

Admission prices
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type)
Non-members (excluding Gift Aid)
Adult £8.95
Family (2 plus 2) £22.80
Children 5 – 16yrs £4.50
Children under 5 years Free
Groups £7.95

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join

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