Applefest 2014

APPLEFEST hosted by Transition Cam & Dursley

Saturday 18th October 2014, 10am – 3pm

The Secret Garden @ The Chantry Centre, Long Street, Dursley

All welcome to this free entry event. Bring your own apples to turn into juice and come to celebrate all things apple-y.


With the autumn equinox already behind us the days are shorter, the nights are drawing in, and the garden is preparing for its winter sleep. The last crops are being gathered in and it’s a traditional time to give thanks for the bounty of what’s been a long hot summer. This year’s orchard fruits have been particularly plentiful and, while many apples and pears have been laid up in storage, we do live in the West Country and have another fine traditional use for apples and their juice.

Whether it’s a deliciously healthy breakfast apple juice you want or a slightly more powerful tipple then all you need is a supply of apples and the equipment to “scrat” and press them. If you have the first but not the latter, bring your apples and some clean, empty bottles to the Secret Garden at the Chantry Centre, Dursley on Saturday October 18th (10.00am – 3.00pm) and join Transition Cam & Dursley and friends to press your apples* and to share in a general celebration of all things apple-y.

Come and see how the Secret Garden is progressing, take part in an apple bobbing, share apple recipes, discover how apples in folklore were used to find your true love and enjoy a variety of apple themed edible goodies. There will be fresh apple juice to drink immediately or you can take it home and encourage it to develop a little more body of its own. It’s remarkably easy and our experts will be pleased to share their knowledge.

* Notes for apple pressers – please bring with you apples and clean bottles to take your juice home in. To sterilise bottles either pour boiling water over and into them, and/or use an off-the-shelf sterilising fluid (eg, Miltons) at the correct dilution. Alternatively glass bottles can be washed and put in the oven on a low heat for an hour. If intending to make apple juice, please be aware that this has a short shelf life but can be frozen if it is put into plastic bottles. There is a small charge of 50p per bottle produced to cover costs of hiring the pressing equipment.

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