Every year we try to visit The Grow! Cook! Eat! show in West Dean. It is a celebration of the best of the British (local) harvest, with the focus on seasonal and locally produced food. This year was no exception, the only thing, I’m rather late with my ‘report’ about it.
West Dean House is lovely, but the grounds are even better, it is divided into four distinct areas: the garden entrance; the walled kitchen garden; the pleasure grounds and St Roche’s Arboretum have carried out a bold re-development programme designed to bring the nineteenth century gardens into the twenty-first century. It worth going there at any time of the year but, it’s always more fun to make a visit there during the annual ‘Grow! Cook! Eat’ event, where there is always a great atmosphere, music and performances everywhere, local produce, farmers’ stalls and, of course, lots of food and cooking demonstrations.
Kitchen gardens need to be seen, the variety and size of vegetables is unbelievable, the displays of fruits and vegetables are incredible. Here below there are just some photos to give you a flavour.