Apple Day 2016

Apple day is an event dedicated to celebrating Britain's apple cultivars and orchards. The tradition, started by the charity Common Ground over 30 years ago, is still growing and it's easy for you to get involved. 


Apple Day celebrations raise public awareness about the danger of loosing our traditional orchards and heritage apple cultivars. Started by the charity Common Ground over 25 years ago, events take place up and down the country on or around 21 October to celebrate the apple and all it has to offer.

We've found a few events that give a sense of what Apple Day is all about and a recipe that celebrates Britain's favourite fruit. 


Apple day celebrations

Apple day at Stourhead
The beautiful Wiltshire estate will play host to a tasting event, with over 20 types of Somerset orchard apples to try and buy. You can also sample local ciders and cheese. The event takes place at Stourhead farm shop, so why not take a walk around the stunning grounds and finish on a rosy high.
22 October, 11am-5pm. Free event (garden entry is separate)

RHS Wisley Taste of Autumn Festival
A five day event with over 30 exhibitors selling the best autumn has to offer from food and drink to artisan gifts. You can also join a tour of the orchard, fruit garden and vegetable garden to see more than 700 cultivars and seasonal produce. Visit the Wisley edibles team for advice and apple identification, plus try your hand at apple pressing.
19-23 October. £11.70.

Borough Market
A lively family festival to celebrate the apple harvest. Apple growers and traders will be on hand to share their knowledge and enthusiasm, offering visitors the chance to sample an array of apple cultivars as well as preserves, breads, pies and juices. There will be plenty of apple-themed games to keep you entertained including an apple peeling competition.
23 October, 12-4pm.

The collections at Brogdale Farm
The collection of apples at Brogdale Farm, includes cultivars from all over the world and from almost every county in Britain. Although they don't have an dedicated Apple Day event this year, the orchards are a great place to see how many cultivars there are. The farm is currently running daily guided walking tours at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm, or self-guided walks can be taken anytime between 10am and 4pm. Both require an orchard pass, which you can buy at the ticket office or online for £12.


Apple cake

• 6 cooking or eating apples
• 1tbsp ground cinnamon
• 400g (plus 5tbsp)
granulated sugar
• 345g plain flour
• 1tbsp baking powder
• 1tsp salt
• 240ml vegetable oil
• 4tbsp orange juice
• 2½tsp vanilla extract
• 4 large eggs
• 130g walnuts, chopped (optional)
• Icing sugar and dried
apple rings to finish

Peel, core and chop apples into 1-2cm chunks. Toss with cinnamon and 5tbsp of granulated sugar, set aside. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. In a medium bowl whisk together the oil, orange juice, 400g granulated sugar, vanilla extract and eggs. Stir wet ingredients into dry ones. Stir in the walnuts if using.
Pour half the batter into a buttered 25cm cake tin. Spread half the apple chunks over it. Pour the remaining batter over the apples in the tin, arrange remaining apples on top. Bake at 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 for 1.5 hours, or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool completely before removing from tin. Dust with icing sugar and dried apple rings.


This recipe, by Kristy Ramage was taken from a longer feature in the October 2014 issue of Gardens Illustrated (214). 








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