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Feast your eyes on Malvern this bank holiday

Delicious food, fantastic live music, a thriving town centre and spectacular scenery…it all comes together during the Great Malvern Food Festival over the bank holiday weekend.

On Monday 25 May, from 10am to 5.30pm, residents and visitors will once again be tempted to taste the delicious food on offer, to meet local producers, food retailers and farmers, and savour the sights and smells of top chefs cooking up some delectable dishes.

From home made fudge, local sausages, veg boxes and strawberries, to local cheese, local cider and beer and Caribbean food – every possible food group and flavour will be there, and all located in and around the grounds of the Great Malvern Priory Church.

As well as all of the stalls showcasing the growers, producers and food retailers, other special highlights of the day will include:

  • Jason Lynas – Michelin trained and owner and head chef at the Terrace on The Hill restaurant in Great Malvern, who will be demonstrating some of the recipes that have made his restaurant such a hit.
  • Lizzy Hughes – Our Lizzy…she runs her own vegetarian cookery school in Malvern and will be demonstrating how to cook her fantastic recipes.
  • Marina Ibrahim – Cooking like Cleopatra, the soul of Egyptian cuisine.

Live entertainment throughout the day will be provided by:

  • The Madi Stimpson duo, who play a wide range of music from Django Reinhardt to Chet Atkins.
  • Accordion music with Alan Piano Smith.
  • Monsieur Doo – French chef and onion seller…stilt walking, solo circus and onion juggling!
  • Performances from the Perfect Circle Theatre Company.

For children there will be painting workshops – come and make a picture using paint, fruit and vegetables.

There will also be a special World War 1 food demo, where people can find out about cooking simple food recipes using basic seasonal ingredients.

Malcolm Salisbury, Economic Development Officer at Malvern Hills, said: "The event will be even better than last year and we know people coming will have a fantastic time tasting and buying food from Upton-upon-Severn to Egypt. With the live entertainment and the stunning scenery to take in, we really hope residents and visitors will come to Malvern and really make a day of it at our food festival."

For more information about the food festival and to find out exactly who will be there, go to www.visitthemalverns.org/foodfest.

A day before the food festival – on Sunday 24 May – it's the annual Malvern Munch.

The Malvern Munch is a food walk that takes people through some of the most beautiful countryside that inspired the likes of Edward Elgar and C.S. Lewis.

Starting and finishing at the Rose Bank Gardens, the seven mile, gentle walk has various stops along its route where the walkers get to sample some delicious snacks and take-in a luxury lunch, whilst being accompanied by live music and short theatre performances by the Perfect Circle Theatre Company.

The Malvern Munch costs £20 for adults and £12 for children. Tickets are available from the Malvern Tourist Information Centre – call 01684 892289 for more information.

The regular vintage and retro fair is also in town on Saturday 23 May.

Taking place along Abbey Road between 10am and 4pm, all the glamour and style of yesteryear will be on display for people interested in antique and vintage items including clothes, books, jewellery, furniture, craft items and object d'art.