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Bere Apple Fest 2013

Once again, the Bere Apple Fest was blessed with excellent weather, after a week of rain and horrible weather! For some of the Apple Fest crew the day started early, with the pressing of a bumper crop of apples in preparation for the expected visitors.

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At 1pm the Fest opened with a display in Station Road of traditional dancing by Dartmoor Border Morris, who are always popular at the Apple Fest - and Wassailing in January! At 1.35pm the Fest was officially opened by Radio Devon's Tony Beard, 'The Wag of Widecombe', who delighted the crowd with tales of apples in bygone days and the terrific interest locally in the production of apples. Tony then pressed the green button on the apple press to start the process of squeezing the cheeses to produce the juice.

The Tavy Tars traditionally followed this with a rendition on 'Drink Up Thy Cider'.

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We were delighted this year to welcome Andy Morton, who with his wife Jane holds the world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the British Isles and Ireland in a kayak. Their kayak was on display next to Andy as he demonstrated his wood-turning skills on a proper traditional manual lathe.

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The Apple Pie Baking competition was well supported, with 31 entries in total. Seth and Sally from Robertsons Café Pizzeria Restaurant (Licenced) in Tavistock (personally recommended for excellent food) spent a lot of time tasting all the pies and eventually came up with the winners, runners-up and Highly Commended. Prizes and certificates were awarded to the lucky bakers.

All the usual aspects of apples were on display. The apple identification staff were kept busy throughout the day, Ross Dyter explained about keeping bees, while nearby there was a stand showing how to get rid of moths in orchards. The ladies of the WI were selling apple produce, while outside the hall Endsleigh Nurseries showed their usual display of fruit trees, with expert advice on how to graft properly.

At the end of the Fest, visitors gathered in the hall for the Grand Raffle Draw, when a host of prizes were won. The Big Prize of two First Class return tickets anywhere on the First Great Western network was won by Ann Turner.

The day ended for the crew with a meal, drinks and convivial company down at the pub!