Flower arranging at its best is a cross-pollination between floristry and contemporary art – forget dusty town halls and an overuse of chrysanthemums – floral design is seeing a new surge of creativity and popularity.
At the forefront of this march to take flower art well and truly into the 21st century is The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) which is delighted to once again be bringing it’s national flagship flower show to Blackpool’s Winter gardens from the 9th – 11th November.
As well as 300 individual floral exhibits, each day the Design Theatre will host six presentations by leading floral art demonstrators. Afternoon tea will be served in the Renaissance Room which promises sumptuous festive culinary delights. You can shop for flowers, jewellery, food and more across 50 retail stalls and stands. Expert florists will show audiences how to create their own spectacular bouquet using the freshest flowers that they can take home and keep. The Taste Theatre is featuring live demonstrations from Peter Sidwell (Channel 4 cookery series, Lakes on a Plate) Nisha Katona (founder of Mowgli Street Food) and Ed Baines (ITV Britain’s Best Dish, ITV Sunday Feast). These top experts are on hand to help with advice on making the most delicious canapés and tips for the perfect turkey – and they’ll be cooking up delicious, mouthwatering treats for the forthcoming festive season. The Taste Zone will have some of the UK’s most exciting food producers on hand for visitors to meet, sample their wares and then watch them use the finest ingredients to cook up delicious samples for everyone to try. A special Floral Catwalk Show featuring three talented designers showing three collections of amazing floral fashion all made from floral materials, both fresh and dried, combined with silk. You can also watch the Designer of the Year competition, a chance to watch the experts do what they do best.
We are going on Saturday 11 Nov when there are 2 special children’s classes suitable for all ages.
10.30 am – 12Noon will see Alison Mount a specialist in floral art and a regular winner of national competitions, will host “Going Crackers” A fascinating class to help children get creative, embrace nature, and take home an innovative seasonal design they can keep for the Festive season.
1.30pm – 3pm – Julia Knights has been running flower arranging classes for 28 years ago. She is a keen supporter of her local NAFAS club Bradwell in Norfolk and has been involved with many festivals, and recently a royal event. In 2014 she competed in the World floral art show. At this event Julia will host the Frosty the Snowman workshop. This event will produce a design which incorporates craft and flower arranging. The workshop will be full of fun as Frosty comes to life before the children’s eyes. They can take home the finished design with the lyrics of this very popular seasonal song.
For more information and to book tickets see the Festive Flower and Food Show website x