RHS Festival of Flavours showcases nation’s finest growing and cookery

Top cooks including Raymond Blanc and Britain’s youngest Michelin starred chef will join community growers and passionate home cooks for this year’s RHS Festival of Flavours, which opens later this week.

Aiden Byrne, the youngest chef in Britain to receive a Michelin star at just 22, will demonstrate British cooking with an Italian twist this Friday 8 September at RHS Bridgewater, where the event launches.
Joining him, award-winning television chef Ching He Huang will showcase cookery from the traditional farming community of her grandparents in southern Taiwan, while Salford-based head chef Ben Chaplin will reveal the secret to ‘making the perfect pie’.
Highlighting the importance of community gardening, Chelsea award-winning designer Jason Williams, also known as the ‘Cloud Gardener’, will give tips and tricks on balcony gardening and the Manchester Urban Diggers will unveil how to make the most of a glut.
The festival continues at RHS Harlow Carr, from Saturday 9 September, where Masterchef winners and finalists will join presenter and Great British Bake Off winner David Atherton as part of a packed line-up of top cooks. Iain Wilkinson, head chef at Yolk, the world’s first egg restaurant on an egg farm less than 10 miles from Harlow Carr, will share his passion for cooking with fresh ingredients. Meanwhile families can take part in cookery workshops with Kiddycook, preparing a dish to take home.
Next month at RHS Wisley, world renowned celebrity chef Raymond Blanc will join Manju Malhi, who is known for her "Brit-Indi" style of food, which mixes Indian and Western influences.
A schedule of talks, tastings, workshops, and garden tours is planned for each RHS Garden to demonstrate how anyone can grow a range of flavours whether on a plot, on a balcony or in a window box. Local allotment societies, community gardeners and independent regional producers will showcase their work at each garden, and an exciting array of trade stands and street food vendors will be serving up delicious food.
Dr Tim Upson, RHS Director of Gardens and Horticulture, said: “Growing your own has so many advantages and benefits, from improving mental and physical health to helping the environment. Just last month a study revealed that people who grow their own eat more than their allotted five-a-day, waste less and save money.
“The RHS Festival of Flavours is packed with take-home ideas and tips on how everyone can grow and cook their own food. It’s a fun day out and provides an opportunity to learn new skills while taking in the breathtaking, late summer beauty of our gardens across the country.”
The 2023 RHS Festival of Flavours takes place at RHS Gardens on the following dates:
  • RHS Garden Bridgewater (Salford), 8 – 10 September
  • RHS Garden Harlow Carr (Harrogate), 9 – 10 September
  • RHS Garden Hyde Hall (Chelmsford), 29 September – 1 October
  • RHS Garden Rosemoor (Devon), 7 – 8 October
  • RHS Garden Wisley (Guildford), 11 – 15 October
Entry to RHS Festival of Flavours is included in the price of a garden ticket. To book and to find full line-ups for your area please visit:
RHS Bridgewater:
RHS Harlow Carr:
RHS Hyde Hall:
RHS Rosemoor: 
RHS Wisley:

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About the RHS Gardens
The RHS has five gardens:
RHS Garden Bridgewater, Occupation Lane, off Leigh Road, Worsley, Salford M28 2LJ. 0161 503 6100
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB. 01423 565418
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET.
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH. 01805 624067
RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley Lane, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB. 01483 224234

About the RHS
Since our formation in 1804, the RHS has grown into the UK’s leading gardening charity, touching the lives of millions of people. Perhaps the secret to our longevity is that we’ve never stood still. In the last decade alone we’ve taken on the largest hands-on project the RHS has ever tackled by opening the new RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester, and invested in the science that underpins all our work by building RHS Hilltop – The Home of Gardening Science.
We have committed to being net positive for nature and people by 2030. We are also committed to being truly inclusive and to reflect all the communities of the UK.
Across our five RHS gardens we welcome more than three million visitors each year to enjoy over 34,000 different cultivated plants. Events such as the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show, other national shows, our schools and community work, and partnerships such as Britain in Bloom, all spread the shared joy of gardening to wide-reaching audiences.
Throughout it all we’ve held true to our charitable core – to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of horticulture –to share the love of gardening and the positive benefits it brings.
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