Friday, August 16, 2013 - 17:45

The Eden Project’s harvest celebrations will be returning from September 7 with five weeks of food and drink-themed events, including demonstrations from expert chefs, a beer festival and a week dedicated to cooking with chillies.

Harvest kicks off with a week of top chefs giving demonstrations, answering questions and signing their books. These include Monica Galetti, judge on the BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals and protégé of Michel Roux, Jr., who will be at Eden on September 7.

On September 8, Paul Ainsworth, the Padstow-based chef who has worked with Gordon Ramsey and Gary Rhodes and appeared on BBC Two’s Great British Menu, will be the star chef at Eden’s harvest.

On September 10, Allegra McEvedy, chef in residence at The Guardian and co-presenter of BBC2’s Economy Gastronomy, will be the star of Eden's demo kitchen.

John Whaite, winner of last year’s BBC series The Great British Bake Off (which returns to our screens on Tuesday, August 20), will be at Eden on September 11. On September 13, food writer and 2011 winner of the BBC’s Masterchef Tim Anderson, will be showing off his culinary skills.

In addition to this, on September 9 Eden is dedicating a day to sushi-making with Manu Letellier from the Sushi School who will be giving demonstrations on preparing the Japanese delicacy and also showing how to make fiery wasabi straight from the plant.

From September 28 to October 5 and coinciding with Cask Ale Week 2013, Eden will be hosting a beer, wine and cider week run in partnership with St. Austell Brewery, culminating in a beer festival.

Daytime activities will include talks and tastings focused around beer, wine and cider and an assembly of top brewers, including a visit and talk from Beer Sommelier of the Year Sophie Atherton.

On the evening of October 5, Eden will be hosting a beer festival featuring up to a hundred brews, including the finest offerings from Cornwall as well as a selection of brilliant beers from further afield. To accompany the beer, there will be live music and food available throughout the evening.

From September 21 to 24, Harvest at Eden will focus on cooking with chillies. From October 8 to 13 the theme will be baobab, a delicious African super-fruit. Activities will include talks from the African Chef, otherwise known as Malcolm Riley. The week will feature cooking demos, menus themed around baobab and top chefs.

On every day throughout the five week season – September 7 to October 13 – Eden will be hosting talks from local chefs and food producers as well as food and drink sampling. Eden’s chefs and horticulturists will also be on hand to talk to visitors and there will be special food-themed displays across the site.

Emma Hogg, Eden’s Programme Producer, said: “This will be the biggest and best harvest season Eden has ever seen. Whether you want some tips from top chefs, to learn how to prepare sushi, find out about the wonders of baobab or sample some of the finest beers Britain has to offer, harvest at Eden has something for you.”

With the exception of the beer festival, Harvest at Eden activities are included in the admission price to Eden. The beer festival runs from 6pm to midnight on October 5 and tickets cost £10 per person. This includes four beer tokens and a commemorative glass.

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