Lincolnshire chef Rachel Green will be special guest at 2013 Edible Garden Show
Popular local chef Rachel Green will be a special guest at this year's Edible Garden Show and What's On readers are being offered a special discount on tickets to this national event.
The Edible Garden Show returns to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from March 15-17, bursting with innovative products, top exhibitors, home-grown produce, food, livestock and a new celebrity line-up of experts. Readers of the Echo can get their hands on two adult tickets for £20 in advance (price on the door is £15 each or £12 if you book in advance without the offer).
The show gathers exciting exhibitors and brings inspirational celebrity chefs and gardeners together under one roof in a one-stop shop for anyone wanting a slice of the good life.
Market Rasen based Rachel Green will get taste buds tingling with her cookery demonstrations and TV botanist James Wong will share his passion for growing exotic fruit and vegetables. BBC Gardeners' World presenter Alys Fowler will give talks on creating delicious salads from herbs and flowers, and Gardeners' Question Time panelist Bob Flowerdew will talk 'a load of old rot about compost'. The show's resident grow-your-own guru Paul Peacock adds to the mix, sharing his passion for growing and eating home-grown crops.
Rachel will be cooking up a storm in the cookery theatre with a series of demonstrations every day at the event.
Rachel, whose family has been farming in Lincolnshire for 14 generations, says: "I am incredibly passionate about home-grown food. At home I have a polytunnel so grow my own crops throughout the year. I enjoy the whole process from planting, nurturing and harvesting to cooking and eating my own fruit and veg.
"That's why I love going to The Edible Garden Show and browsing the fantastic range of grow-your-own products on sale. My cookery demonstrations will emphasise the use of fresh, local produce. I'm passionate about good honest food."
The show has something for all the family from bees, chickens, goats and pigs to plants, seeds, compost, fruit presses, raised beds, tools and a range of innovative gadgets to making growing your own easier. James Wong says most grow-your-own enthusiasts are merely scratching at the surface by sticking to growing traditional fruit and veg. He says: "From Szechuan peppers and edible fuchsia berries, to tiny cucamelons and even home grown green tea, up to 3,000 edible crops can be grown extremely easily in the UK climate. Growing your own can be so much more cutting edge than you might think."
Tickets cost £15 (£12 if booked in advance) with concessions for children and seniors. For more information or to buy tickets visit: www.theediblegardenshow.co.uk or ring the ticket hotline on 0844 338 8001. However, see below if you want to take advantage of an offer for Lincolnshire Echo readers...
Simply call the ticket hotline on 0844 338 8001 or visit www.theediblegardenshow.co.uk and quote reference ECHO1 to get the two tickets for £20 deal. Availability is limited. Discount is valid on adult tickets only, which would normally cost £15 on the day, and cannot be used with any other offer. See website for full terms.