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Apple Fest 15 Press Release


The Apple Fest takes place from 1pm to 5pm at the Church Hall, Bere Ferrers, West Devon. Apple activities will include apple pressing, advice on grafting and pruning, apple tree sales, apple identification, glassblowing, competitions for young and old alike and, of course, the popular Apple Pie Baking Competition!  Seth Robertson, from Robertson’s Organic Café in Tavistock, makes a welcome return to judge the entries and present the prizes.

As well as the children's section in the Apple Pie Baking competition, there is usually a prize for the best 'animal' made out of an apple, the Longest Apple Peel competition and the Apple Shy. There will also be the usual fantastic raffle, with excellent prizes and the usually superb main prize!

A new activity this year will be the Biggest Apple Competition, where visitors are invited to bring their biggest apple to the glassblowing marquee, where its weight will be determined. The winning entry will receive a magnificent hollow glass apple, while the second and third will receive smaller, solid, glass apples.

Dartmoor Border Morris will be on hand as usual to demonstrate various morris dances in the road, weather and participants permitting. There will also be musical interludes during the afternoon.

The organisers are pleased to announce that the Bere Alston Carnival Queen and her attendants are expected to visit the Apple Fest.

Meanwhile, the main activity of the day is crushing and pressing apples to make juice. The Group uses an electric crusher, and a hydraulic press. Visitors are invited to bring their own clean apples with juice containers and, for a small fee, the apples are crushed and juiced and then taken away by the visitors.

There are many aspects of country life covered, including rural crafts, advice on beekeeping and a demonstration of scything. A local wood turner will be demonstrating his ancient art on a wooden lathe.

The Fest starts at 1pm, so there’s time for lunch at the Olde Plough Inn just down the road! Parking is limited, so if you can the ideal way to come to the Fest is by GWR rail from Plymouth or Gunnislake and stations in between. For train times and fares call 03457 484950 or visit www.greatscenicrailways.com

Any surplus profit from the day will be donated to the Bere Ferrers Zip Slide Repair Fund. Since 2007 the Tavy & Tamar Apple Group has donated £2,944 to good causes in and around the Peninsula.


Further information can be obtained from either Bev Slaughter email: [email protected] or Brian Lamb email: [email protected] (Tel 01822 841309)