Bring out your veg

Dress your fruit, veg and kids for success at the first Allotment & Garden Festival

03 September 2012

If you’ve been growing your own fruit and veg this year, now is the time to dig up your finest (and not so fine) produce to show at the first community Allotment & Garden Festival taking place next weekend (8 and 9 September) at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery.  There are 20 classes to enter for vegetables, fruit and flowers in ‘The Good, the Sad and the Ugly’ competition, with prizes for the funniest and ugliest entries as well as the best of the best.  There is free entry for children who arrive in fancy dress as any kind of fruit or veg, and more prizes for the best costumes.

Nic Jackson, Gardens Manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust said, “The weather this year has played havoc with gardeners.  This is a light-hearted competition to encourage everyone to join in, even if their beetroot has bolted and their runner beans are barely out of the starting blocks.”

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s gardening guru Steve Brookes and Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon Cllr Keith Lloyd will help pick the winners at 3pm on Saturday 8 September.  Steve will also be entertaining visitors with his top tips for trouble shooting in the garden.

There will be talks, craft demonstrations (including beekeeping and lavender pressing) and award-winning theatrical entertainment throughout both days.  The Hathaway’s Quilters will mount an unusual and colourful display of their work in the woodland walk. 

Anyone who would like to enter the competition should register in advance and deliver their entries to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage between 3 and 5pm on Friday 7 September.  See for full details.

Britain’s best-selling gardening writer Stefan Buczacki will officially open the festival fun at 10am on Saturday 8 September.  Festival tickets, valid for both days, cost £3.50 (concessions £2.50).  Normal entry fee applies to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.