Going for gold at the Eden Project's Harvest Festival

There is a distinctly gold theme at the Eden Project this autumn when they hold their Harvest Festival from the 8th-16th September, which is jam packed with with special events.

As well as demonstrations from celebrity chefs, live music, mouthwatering samples of wine, food, cider and beer there will be interesting talks from experts in the field of food and drink. On Thursday the 13th September Eden will have a one off late opening for the festival, which is billed as a flavoursome food extravaganza, along with entertainment and live music.

Among an array of guest speakers will be feisty Masterchef judge, Monica Galetti, celebrity chef Michel Roux Jnr’s second in command, 2009 Masterchef winner Mat Follas, owner of The Wild Garlic Restaurant, in Dorset, Andy Appleton, Head Chef at Fifteen Cornwall, Michael Smith, Head Chef at Porthminster Beach Café in St Ives, Sanjay Kumar, Slow Food Cornwall, Paul Ripley and Paul Ainsworth, No. 6 Restaurant Padstow.

Other must-see talks and demos over the Harvest Festival two weeks include Sophie Atherton, Britain’s only beer sommelier, pop-superstar turned celebrity chef Paul Young, Carol Drinkwater, former actress and author of The Olive Farm and James Wong author and TV horticulturist.

Gabi Gilkes, Programme Production Coordinator said: “This is the second year Eden has celebrated Harvest and we have made sure that it is overflowing with fantastic stories, tastes and a real celebration of everything from the plough to the plate. We are delighted to be bringing such a smorgasbord of flavour to our visitors this year.”

Each day will see different areas of the project transformed into harvest-havens with a variety of activities on offer. At the Cook Zone there are baking demos, hand-milling, corn dolly workshops and demonstrations from exciting local chefs, including the trainees from Jamie Oliver’s Watergate Bay restaurant Fifteen on Friday September 14.

The main stage in the Mediterranean Biome will host live music, “Tales from the Potting Shed”- talks from the Eden horticulture team, daily beer and wine tasting, chef talks and an ask the experts debate.

On the other side of the Biome, on the Med Deck a wide variety of tasting plates will be on offer with a delicious selection of anti-pasti and also a painting-with-nature session each day throughout the celebration.

The Bandstand outside of Eden’s link building will feature cider tasting activities and talks and apple pressing with experts on hand to answer questions on the intricacies of both specialties. The whole area will be brought alive by Eden’s own skiffle band, The Butter Thieves.

To the left of the bandstand is the A Sense of Place Garden, which celebrates the history of wine with tasting sessions and grape treading with the team from local vineyard and restaurant, Knightor.

For more information on the whole programme and profiles on the chefs and experts that will be on site over the visit: www.edenproject.com/harvest.

You Tube Link: Last year’s Harvest at Eden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nXqeJ65guc