West Dean’s newest event MedFest – A Taste of the Mediterranean, now in its second year, will be running over the weekend of Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June 2012.
This weekend event highlights the cuisine, culture and vibrant spirit of the Mediterranean. With live music and dance, food demos and tastings, gardening tips and advice and specialist Mediterranean stallholders alongside ‘old-favourites’, MedFest is destined to become a popular addition to the West Dean Calendar in the weeks leading up to the Chilli Fiesta!
Opera singers and world music rub shoulders at this year's MedFest !
They've entertained Elton John at his private party, sung for the Jordanian Royal Family, and now Oyster Opera are to perform at this year's MedFest. Songs from La Traviata, Carmen and Brindisi roll off their tongues in hilarious fashion and no doubt will astound and amaze audiences.
Live dance performances followed by workshops will give you the opportunity to be inspired and have a go at shimmying and sashaying to the exotic dance-beats.
Mark Ringwood, Musical Director of Roots Around the World “I’m looking forward to once again putting together a programme of live performances and pre-recorded music guaranteed to give you an aural extravaganza of Mediterranean sound. I’m on the hunt for Musicians from Italy, Spain and Greece to highlight how culturally rich and diverse this region is.”
Savour the delicious Mediterranean cuisine with Rosemary Moon as she creates an eclectic mix of authentic Mediterranean dishes and her own recipes in a rolling programme of Food Demos and Tastings. Influenced by the cuisine of the sun, she’ll be drawing on produce closer to home, which you can emulate at home. Rosemary will be dishing up a feast from the Mediterranean, and of course she will feature many of the crops that West Dean is famous for, including herbs, tomatoes, chillies and aubergines.
Sarah Wain, responsible for the wealth of fruits and vegetables grown in West Dean Gardens will be sharing her knowledge and passion in a series of sessions offering guidance and advice about the wonderful range of vegetables that can be easily grown in Britain; which can be included in a healthy Mediterranean style diet. Revealing to the home grower how to emulate the Mediterranean climate with the use of glasshouses and polytunnels, thus enabling you to produce a number of the crops included in the delicious and healthy Mediterranean diet. Displays will take place within the walled garden and glasshouses of over 40 different crops, ranging from chickpeas to cucumbers, artichokes to aubergines and grapes to garlic.
Further delights for all foodies can be discovered in the culinary creations of many of the stallholders. Drawing together a representative sample of regional take away foods, gourmet food products, crafts and plants MedFest offers small and local producers and distributors the opportunity to showcase their wares at this specialist event. Emma Lundie, owner of Palmavera says “ I’m excited to be part of an event exclusively dedicated to the Mediterranean and West Dean Gardens provides a wonderful setting”. Other stallholders include: Pure Spain, Lebanese Fine Food, the Churros Bros and The Garlic Farm who will feature some educational aspects relating to garlic, its history and culture.
With the best of the Med relocated to an English paradise why not kick start your holidays by visiting MedFest – A Taste of the Mediterranean at West Dean Gardens, West Dean, Near Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 ORX. 01243 818 210. www.westdean.org.uk/events
Saturday/Sunday 23 & 24 June. Opening hours: 10.30 – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
Discounts and fast-track tickets are available to purchase in advance at www.westdean.org.uk Full adult prices below (concessions and family tickets available)
Tickets: Online On the Door Online On the Door
Adults £ 9.50 £11.50 £8.60 £10.40
Over 60s £8.10 £10.75 £9.00 £9.70
Children £1.00 £1.00 £0.90 £0.90
West Dean Gardens, Nr Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0RX
Published 12th March 2012
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