RHS Garden Wisley Food Festival to feature live demonstrations at a panoramic rooftop bar

Taste of Autumn returns to RHS Garden Wisley this month with spectacular plant displays, an abundance of seasonal produce to sample and, for the first time ever, live cooking demonstrations inside RHS Hilltop – The Home of Gardening Science recently opened.

Taking place October 13-17, it will be a feast for the eyes as the garden will be awash in color, with fabulous fall exhibits designed by garden curators RHS Wisley.

Highlights of the event include the awe-inspiring squash hordes under the cherry trees, providing a patchwork quilt in fall tones.

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Visitors can admire delicious Wisley produce, as well as sample a wide selection of local goodies at 30 artisan food and drink stalls – from cheese and chocolate to spirits and sweets.

New for 2021, live cooking demonstrations will take place at the Cooking Theater inside RHS Hilltop.

A list of culinary connoisseurs, including gardening influencer Lucy Hutchings (She Grows Veg), food writer Lerato Umah-Shaylor, “no dig guru” Charles Dowding, TV presenter Mr Plant Geek and BOSH! are among the hosts of the daily talks.

A highlight of the festival is popular apple identification, with gardeners invited to present their own apples to fruit specialist RHS Wisley who will identify their mystery cultivars.

The RHS Edibles team will also be on hand to offer expert advice and tours of the World Food Garden and orchards daily at 10:30 am.

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How to buy tickets:

  • Date: October 13 to 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Address: Wisley Lane, Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB. Free parking on site.
  • Admission: Admission to Taste of Autumn is free for RHS members, normal admission to the garden applies to non-members.
  • Reservations: Reservations in advance are essential for conferences and cooking demonstrations. To book, go to rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley.

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