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Apple Day 2015

Apple Day 1Break away from the Braeburn and discover the diversity of apples available at the Botanic Garden’s Apple Day on Sunday 25 October 2015, 10am-4pm.

The tasting tables are at the core of Apple Day, offering the region’s biggest choice of unusual and heritage apples to try before buying. Harvest highlights this autumn include a great choice of dry and nutty-flavoured russets, as well as Ashmead’s Kernel, Blenheim Orange and D’Arcy Spice. And there are rumours – as yet unconfirmed due to the unpredictability of September sun – of Pitmaston Pineapple and the much sought-after Orleans Reinette.

Apple Day 3Apple Day edibles to stock up on in the ever-expanding Main Marquee this harvest include hedgerow cordials, fruit-flavoured spirits, hand-pressed juices and ciders, speciality teas, artisan cheeses, honey hived at the Garden and lots more irresistible autumn produce. Cambridge Food Park stalwarts, Guerrilla Kitchen and Steak & Honour, will be rolling up to join in the fun, with live music from local bands adding to the apple celebrations.

The apple aficionados at the East of England Apples and Orchards Project will be on hand to identify apples– visitors should bring along two to three apples from each mystery tree, preferably with a leaf, to help with accurate identification. Cambridgeshire has lost the great majority of its orchards in the last 50 years, but heritage varieties may be surviving in private gardens, often carved out from the last remnants of ancient orchards.

“We’re really hoping that Apple Day will turn up a long-lost and locally-important variety.”
Professor Beverley Glover, Director of the Botanic Garden

Apple Day 2Seldom seen and rare volumes from the Botanic Garden’s Cory Library will be on display including exquisitely illustrated pomonas, nineteenth century catalogues of apple and pear varieties cultivated for fruit, juice, cider and perry.

Apple Day is all about family fun, and The Barrow Band will be providing market stall entertainment with sing-along music all about fruit and veg. Young and young-at-heart visitors can come and make musical apple instruments and shakers to join in with! Totally Falconry will be joining Apple Day for the first time, bringing falcons, hawks and owls, some of which can be handled by visitors, and their experts will be on hand to answer questions.

“The Garden’s Apple Day is a real celebration of this important and delicious fruit crop, and the festival atmosphere always makes for a fun day out for all the family.”
Professor Beverley Glover, Director of the Botanic Garden

Entry to the Botanic Garden on Apple Day requires the purchase of an Apple Day ticket, priced £3, in addition to normal Garden admission. Children 16 and under, free. Visitors are strongly advised to buy Apple Day tickets in advance at the Garden ticket offices or online. Advance tickets allow fast-track entry on the day.

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This entry was posted on October 6, 2015 by in Culture, Events, Goal 2, Goal 5, News and tagged , , .
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