- PRESS RELEASE - Southampton Branch of Jubilee Sailing Trust is to welcome world-famous food artist and chef David Loh to its annual Autumn Pumpkin Festival this Saturday 10 October.
Birmingham-based David will carve a 1,000 lb+ pumpkin into an intricate design which reflects the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s work in giving people of all physical abilities the opportunity to enjoy the adventure of a tall ships voyage.
The Malaysian-born artist, whose food sculptures have been exhibited around the globe, will begin his challenge two days before the event in order to complete his carving by the Festival’s close.
The giant vegetable he will work on has been donated to by long-time Jubilee Sailing Trust supporters, the Extreme Pumpkin Growers. The Extreme Pumpkin Grower’s Ian Patten, with brother Stuart, holds the current record for the UK’s biggest pumpkin, a monster weighing 1,457 lbs.
The ever-popular, family-orientated Festival, now in its twelfth year, takes place at the Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley, Southampton. This year, it also welcomes the Co-op on board as its new main sponsor.
The Co-op aims to bring a hive of further activities to the festival with their ‘Plan Bee’ campaign, set up to save the honey bee from extinction.
With a scarecrow alley, lots of pumpkin-themed produce and various pumpkin competitions, there will be plenty for visitors to see and do.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust’s Autumn Pumpkin Festival runs from 12.00 to 5.30 pm and visitors can enjoy to the fun at recession-friendly admission prices of just £1.50 for adults and 50p for children aged five or over.