Valentine Warner & Mark Diacono Cook Up A Feast Of Food At RHS Malvern

Tuesday 19 April 2016


Renowned TV chefs, Valentine Warner together with pal Mark Diacono will join Mary Berry, of Great British Bake Off fame, to headline food at RHS Malvern. The foodie pair will head up the Kitchen Garden Theatre in the heart of the festival’s lively Food & Drink Pavilion. An endless line up of culinary talent and experts will join Valentine and Mark in this animated kitchen, showcasing a bounty of great British produce.

Ken Nottage, CEO of Three Counties, said: “RHS Malvern Spring Festival is not only proud to champion the finest in the gardening world, but also celebrate the wonderful variety of food we have at our fingertips here in Great Britain. We are truly spoilt in this part of the country with each of the three counties famous for its food and drink produce. We’re thrilled to be welcoming two of the best foodie greats, Valentine and Mark, to head up this area along with true national treasure Mary Berry. We cannot wait to sample some of the delicious fare as the festival unfolds.”

Valentine will share his signature style of seasonal, simple, robust and flavoursome food from his four best selling cookery books. Bridging the gap between food and gardening, Mark will bring advice from home, Otter Farm and experience as head gardener at River Cottage. The Kitchen Garden Theatre will play host to a bustling line up of workshops and demonstrations from expert chefs on an array of topics. Mary Berry will talk health, happiness and horticulture, followed by Valentine Warner on What To Eat, with Mark Diacono joining with talks on Local and Seasonal. An introduction to Middle Eastern Food with Spring Mezze Delights will also take place, alongside a Grow It, Cook It, Eat It masterclass with Pennard Plants hosted by Mark Diacono. Bringing the Festival to a close, Mark and Valentine will team up to host a joint workshop together on the final day of the show.

An array of street food will fill the pavilion with the smells of fresh and exotic flavours. The Indian Rasoi will offer traditional Indian family food, taking inspiration from authentic Punjab cuisine. These fragrant dishes include a homemade masalas seasoning featuring the signature 12 ingredients, together with homemade chutneys. Bare Bones will also treat visitors to wood fired pizzas, hot and fresh from an authentic wood fire oven.

Visitors can stock up on a bounty of field fresh produce from Hilltop Farm, HECK Sausages, Riverford Organics and many more. Back by popular demand, Neal’s Yard Diary will also bring a rich display of farmhouse cheeses from across the British Isles. Cheltenham born gin success story, Sibling Gin will offer visitors the chance to sample their nationally loved spirit. The Little Gin Company will also showcase a variety of specialty gins and cocktails.

Sweet treats will be on offer from The Chock Shop with a decadent selection of scrumptious brownies. Flavours include Peanut Butter, Chilli & Halen Mon Sea Salt, Baileys, Chocolate Orange and many more. Devon artisan flapjacks can be enjoyed from The Flapjackery too. RHS Malvern Spring Festival brings to the fore the finest in both gardening and food. Visitors can expect stunning show gardens and nursery displays alongside a bounty of food producers, eclectic shopping and top tips from celebrity chefs and garden experts alike.

The Godfather of Gardening Alan Titchmarsh and National Treasure Mary Berry will also be headlining RHS Malvern Spring Festival. The two legendary icons will take to the stage as the landmark gardening and food festival returns to the Three Counties Showground this May. RHS Malvern Spring Festival takes place from Thursday 5 May until Sunday 8 May 2016.
Tickets are now on sale. Children go free throughout the festival. For more information on ticket prices, please call 01684 584900 or visit


Notes to editors

About RHS Malvern Spring Festival
RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2016 takes place from Thursday 5 May until Sunday 8 May.
One of the first major RHS shows of the year, RHS Malvern opens the door into the summer season. Renowned for showcasing the latest trends in garden design, plants and innovation, visitors can also expect RHS Gold medal show gardens and displays and a plethora of nurseries from the UK and abroad. In 2014, an enhanced food presence was introduced to compliment the established and popular gardening strands. ‘Food’ ensures that the festival remains relevant and in tune with lifestyle interests. For more information about the show and for the celebrity timetable please call 01684 584900 or visit

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. Three Counties 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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