Everyone loves a weekend of food, fun and festivities and if you take a trip to West Dean on the 4th-5th October that is exactly what is awaiting you at this years Grow! Cook! Eat! event.
Grow! Cook! Eat! is a celebration of the best of the British harvest, with the focus on seasonal and locally produced food, including the impressive harvest from West Dean’s own orchards, Walled Kitchen Gardens and restored Victorian glasshouses.
So what exactly can you expect from the event? I have all the info right here in the lead up to the celebrations.
West Dean Gardens boast 90 acres of expertly cultivated and cared for gardens including the fully restored Walled Kitchen Garden, bountiful orchard and full to brimming Victorian gasshouses.
Visitors can see the impressive apple store with over 150 varieties of apple and pear and even taste a few selected types.
Gardens Supervisor Sarah Wain will be joined in the Gardening Theatre by a host of well known gardening names including Mark Diacono of Otter Farm, known as ‘the Climate Change Farm’.
As you tour the gardens you’ll see the huge range of soft fruits grown and a display of perfect pumpkins and glorious gourds.
This is a must see for all gardening enthusiasts.
Whether you’re a culinary whizz or a kitchen novice there is so much to see during the weekend
ITV Daybreak chef Dean Edwards and This Morning chef Marcus Bean will play host to BBC’s Celebrity Masterchef contestant, astrologer Russell Grant.
BBC’s The Big Allotment Challenge Preserves Judge Thane Prince will be cooking her favourite seasonal recipes and sharing tips on how to get the best from your own garden harvest. Thane will be signing copies of her new book Perfect Preserves.
Chef Jeremy Pang, an expert in Eastern cuisine and contributor to BBC’s Simple Cooking with Nigel Slater, will also be appearing.
Local, food hero Rosemary Moon will be appearing to prepare some seasonal dishes and to sign copies of her new book A Feast of West Sussex..
For all those celebrity chef fans, I’m sure you’ll agree there are some real treats lined up for you.
I challenge anyone to spend time surrounded by all the delights that will be on offer and not feel peckish!
Well that’s just great! You’ll find yourself in the right place with lots of culinary delights to indulge in.
If that’s not enough for you, there will be live music, children’s activities and a loaded marketplace full of things to try and buy.
Planing your day
The event is on the 4th – 5th October
There are disabled facilities on site and disabled parking, please see here for details.
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome but please be aware it will be busy and there wil be loud music.
How do I buy tickets for Grow Cook Eat?
Buy Early Bird Tickets online, by clicking here. Tickets are also available from the West Dean Gardens Shop.
How much are the tickets?
Tickets priced from £8.60 Adult; £1.00 Child (Early Bird price) or £10.40 Adult, £1 Child (On the Gate).
Can I get a refund if I can’t make it on the day?
No, we can’t accommodate refunds.
I haven’t received my tickets yet, what should I do?
If you ordered your tickets online you won’t be sent a hard copy ticket. You should have received an email confirming your purchase, please print and bring this confirmation email with you.
Are there any concessions available?
We are offering concessions to Friends of West Dean and discounts for Early Bird bookings.
When I print the pdf attachment it comes up too big and therefore does not show the full barcode?
As long as the booking reference can be seen that is ok.
What age range is a child ticket?
5-15 years old.
Is there a discount for OAP’s?
Do carers get in free with a disabled person?
What constitutes a ‘Friend’ ticket?
Only applies if someone has a ‘Friends’ membership but website not clear on this by the time you get to the ticket screen.
Its not clear online if it is possible to pay on the gate?
Yes it is possible to pay on the gate.
Is it cheaper to book online, rather than buying tickets at the gate?
Yes as long as a week before the event to qualify for early bird.
So come along and see the wonders that are on your doorstep, celebrate everything local and most importantly, have a blast!