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The Holker Garden Festival Welcomes Ivan Day

The Holker Garden Festival in Cumbria is delighted to announce that world renowned, historical food expert Ivan Day will be attending this year’s event and presenting a series of captivating, live demonstrations on Saturday 1st June 2013.

In keeping with the Festival’s magnificent period setting and horticultural roots, Ivan will be delighting audiences with floral themed demonstrations, including a fascinating look at 18th and 19th century delicacies such as a Tudor salad using edible flowers and a beautiful ‘basket of flowers’ ice cream mould. Ivan will also be signing copies of his book, Ice Cream: A History, at the Festival and copies will be on sale for visitors to buy.


Ivan comments; “I’ve travelled all over the world with my demonstrations but I’m delighted to have been asked to attend the Holker Garden Festival in my home of Cumbria. Holker Hall & Gardens is one of the great period houses in the Lake District; in fact, in 2010 I had the pleasure of re-creating a precise replica of the great, Cavendish Banquet in the Hall, so it will be wonderful to return this summer to a live audience.”  


The Holker Garden Festival in south Cumbria celebrates its 21st anniversary this June, with a three day summer spectacle from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2013, showcasing only the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts and making it one of the most popular events in the summer calendar. Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the Festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838. 

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Saturday 25th March to Sunday 29th October

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