Tuesday 16 August 2016
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 September 2016
Top TV chef and Gloucester born foodie Tom Kerridge will headline this year’s Malvern Autumn Show on Saturday 24th September. The celebration of the annual harvest festival show returns this September to showcase an autumnal feast of artisan produce, family entertainment and food and gardening royalty.
Ken Nottage, CEO of the Three Counties Agricultural Society, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Tom Kerridge to top the bill for this year’s Malvern Autumn Show. Our 2016’s event will be a fitting tribute to the season with Autumn delivering a wealth of delicious produce from the Three Counties and further afield. We cannot wait to welcome Tom to the stage to share his culinary inspiration in his cheeky chappy charm as we open the gates for another glorious Malvern Autumn Show.”
A West Country boy, Tom made his TV debut as a successful competitor of the Great British Menu, a show on which he continues to star in as a veteran judge and mentor. Tom also frequents foodie staple viewing such as Saturday Kitchen, Bake Off: Crème de la Crème and The Food Detectives to name but a few.
Besides countless screen appearances, Tom has three best-selling cookery bibles to his name, with a fourth expected in January 2017, along with numerous accompanying BBC television series.
Tom’s early career reads as a run down of some of the country’s finest foodie establishments including Gloucestershire’s very own Calcot Manor in Tetbury. Tom has held positions at Michelin-starred restaurant Alard’s, Monsieur Max, Odette’s, Rhodes in the Square, Stephen Bull and The Capital. Now Chef Patron of his critically acclaimed 2 Michelin-starred gastropub, The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, Tom describes his cooking style as ‘Modern British adding new touches and ideas to classic dishes’.
Also taking to the stage at Malvern Autumn Show 2016, Tom joins BBC Gardeners’ World stalwart Carol Klein along with fellow BBC star Anton du Beke (Sunday only) of Strictly Come Dancing fame. Otter Farm’s Marc Diacono will also join the weekend’s line-up.
Foodies, farmers and families can immerse themselves in a plethora of autumnal activities. These include:
• The last RHS flower show of the season with over 50 top exhibits in the RHS Flower Show. Here visitors can also purchase the finest quality plants from these award-winning nurseries. Each year, the show proves a one-stop destination for gardeners in search of advice for preparing and restocking their gardens for the winter months.
• The UK National Giant Vegetables Championship, which promises to return bigger and better than ever before with a broad variety of oversized vegetables. 2016 saw a bumper crop of three world record breaking Giant Vegetables including the world’s longest beetroot, heaviest cucumber and heaviest leek.
• Budding veg growers and school children from across the Three Counties will showcase their homegrown produce and vegetable sculptures in the Discover Harvest area. The innovation, fun and creativity in this area make it a popular sight for visitors.
• The Orchard Pavilion & Hop Yard brings together the very best produce alongside expert guidance on caring for your own orchard and best uses for its harvest.
• Nostalgia and retro fans can discover gems of bygone eras in the Vintage Village, complete with a Dance Theatre. Here Anton du Beke will host workshops on getting the moves of the flirty 40’s and 50’s.
• Four legged and furry farmyard friends come together in the World of Animals. 2016 welcomes for the first time the British Pig Association who are hosting the Young Pig of the Year Championships.
• Making a welcome return, thirsty visitors can seek out a tipple at the pop-up Westons Cider garden. This popular area of the show offers a cider bar and garden.
• The Food & Drink Hall will be overflowing with artisan produce for visitors to sample and purchase. At its heart will be a live kitchen welcoming a bustling line up of local chefs throughout the day.
• The Harvest Pavilion will welcome the largest Home Grown Show in the history of the show. This area will see over 1,500 exhibits from budding growers, along with the RHS specialists theatre and more than 20 national plant societies.
The Malvern Autumn Show will take place on Saturday 24 September and Sunday 25 September. Tickets are now on sale. Advanced tickets are priced at £16 for adults and £5 for children. Tickets are available on the gate at £19 for adults and £7 for children. Family and group tickets are available. For information on ticket prices please visit www.malvernautumn.co.uk or call 01684 584924.
Notes to editors
ABOUT MALVERN AUTUMN SHOW
Malvern Autumn is the last food, horticulture and nostalgia show of the season. It draws around 65,000 visitors over two days and hosts a range of interactive features including cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, Home Grown classes with the Royal Horticultural Society, The UK National Giant Vegetables Championship, RHS Flower Show and exhibitions of vintage clothes and vehicles.
ABOUT THREE COUNTIES AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY
The Three Counties Agricultural Society is a registered charity working for rural industry, the environment and countryside life. Committed to supporting farmers, growers and horticulturists in the region, Three Counties aims to develop the understanding between urban and rural communities. Three Counties hosts an array of vibrant and innovative events throughout the year and also provides a venue for a full range of trade and business exhibitions, equestrian and canine shows, sales, fairs and rallies. With a unique backdrop of the famous Malvern Hills, the Three Counties Showground is a nationally recognised venue and welcomes more than a million visitors each year. Its history dates back to 1797 with the formation of the Herefordshire Agricultural Society by John Clerk. Over the years, this has evolved to incorporate the surrounding counties of Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
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