A nine day festival of food, drink, dance and general merriment this autumn will be getting cooked up at Eden, as part of its on-going journey in a culinary adventure.
The entire Eden Project has radically revamped its entire approach to food, this include the recent introduction of the new Eden Bakery, which serves mouth-watering hand-made bread and pastries, as well as a new café area within the Mediterranean Biome which offers stews and wines from the Tuscany region of Italy.
Between October 1-9 they are holding their first harvest festival, which will feature cookery demonstrations from top chefs, live music, outstanding displays of freshly harvested produce and demonstrations of traditional craft making.
Among those who will be sharing their culinary expertise will be Chef Michael Smith, from the award winning Porthminster Beach Café located in St Ives, Norman Musa: the top chef from Malaysia who works at the Ning Restaurant and cookery school in Manchester and Sanjay Kumar, the chairman of Slow Food Cornwall.
There will also be a special appearance at the festival from one of the UK’s top food writers and bakers Dan Lepard, who will perform the official opening of the Eden Bakery on the 3rd October.
Throughout the week visitors can taste the juice from Eden’s apple presses, pick up tips on pickling and preserving, discover the stories behind bread, wine and cider and see the processes that take the natural ingredients from the ground to the plate – or glass!
There’ll also be workshops on allotment growing, grape crushing, corn crafts, what to do with fruit and veg gluts, and edible plants of the rainforest.
Exotic fruit and veg will be on the menu on the evening of Thursday, October 6, when James Wong, plant expert and presenter of BBC Two’s Grow Your Own Drugs, demonstrates how to grow rare, unusual and luxury foods.
From Himalayan goji berries and cocktailsized kiwi fruit, to fragrant saffron and fiery wasabi, James will be offering a light-hearted, dynamic and innovative alternative to conventionalgardening at this ticketed event that starts at 7pm.
For live music fans there’s the Big Autumn Bash on the evening of Friday, October 7, when Bristol folk-jazz band, Sheelanagig, and Cornish act Dalla, perform a gig in aid of People and Gardens, a project that gives those with physical and emotional impairments the opportunity to learn about growing and selling produce.
This Arts Café concert takes place from 7pm in Eden’s education centre, the Core, and the ticket price includes a seasonal supper.
Emma Hogg, Eden’s programme producer, said: “Eden is now in its tenth year and it has long been our ambition to make freshly-prepared food as much a reason for people to come and visit us as seeing the plants.
Everyone is invited to our inaugural Harvest Festival which will celebrate food and drink and link plants and produce together to create a theatre of food.”
Harvest Festival daytime activities are included in the price of admission though there may be a small charge for some events. Tickets for the James Wong talk and Big Autumn Bash are £15 each and can be booked in advance.
For full details, go to www.edenproject.com/harvest