Festival of fruit at annual Apple Day
Last updated at 18:10, Monday, 07 October 2013
CIDER, chutney and cooking are all on the menu as advocates of all things apple show how fantastic the fruit is.
The National Trust is holding its annual Apple Day at Acorn Bank, Temple Sowerby, a week on Sunday.
And as well as its annual Great Cumbrian Cider Challenge and its longest peel competition, the event will this year also feature a chutney contest.
A prize will be awarded for the champion chutney in two categories – those made after June and a mature class for chutneys made before then.
Sara Braithwaite, Acorn Bank’s custodian, said: “This has been a bumper year for apple growers with fantastic crops and we know there are masses of chutney makers out there, already hard at work.
“I hope this chutney competition will be a great addition to the host of other activities that traditionally happen at our Apple Day.”
Acorn Bank held its first Apple Day in 1994 and has run almost every year since, attracting thousands of visitors to the historic house, watermill and gardens, near Penrith.
For younger children, there will be apple bobbing and other entertainment.
Well-known Cumbrian chef Annette Gibbons will perform a cookery demonstration.
Acorn Bank has one of the largest collections of heritage apple trees in Cumbria, with many varieties now rarely seen in gardens and orchards across.
Chris Braithwaite, its ranger gardener, said: “Eden has a challenging climate for apples, but there’s a history of apple growing in the area going back many centuries.
“We’ve now planted 120 different varieties to see which ones work best, and of course we’ve our own local varieties such as Forty Shilling and the Lemon Square, which defy the elements and produce a tasty crop.”
First published at 18:06, Monday, 07 October 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk
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