Apple day is an annual celebration of apples and orchards held throughout October. Apple day aims to highlight and celebrate this versatile fruit and to raise awareness of the varieties we are in danger of losing. It also serves to make us mindful of the provenance and traceability of the food we purchase and consume. It is celebrated in various villages, markets, Wildlife Trust and National Trust properties throughout the UK. We recently visited Calke Abbey to celebrate apple day in their huge walled gardens.
I was sure that I would find the day interesting but I wasn’t so sure that it would engage the kids. I needn’t have worried (I also needn’t have fed them beforehand!) When we arrived in the garden we were faced with a large variety of tents and stalls, all with different activities and produce. Junior and I made a bee line for the tasting tent. It was full of varieties of apple for you to try, each with a description of taste, history and ways to use them. I had no idea there were so many types! Junior soon started sampling and we both picked our favourites.
The girls really enjoyed using an apple press and squeezing freshly pressed juice. The appearance left somewhat to be desired but the taste was divine! We also got to try an apple spiraliser and to eat our newly peeled snack. We all loved this part and an apple spiraliser is now firmly on my wish list.
There were lots of stands and apple in many guises, from cake to coleslaw, to sample and to purchase. We had a busy few hours which we rounded off by exploring the rest of the properties’ gardens. There was a vast abundance of produce both in the vegetable patch and in the many greenhouses and hothouses.
There were huge pumpkins in the vegetable patch
A not so scary scarecrow
A trellis full of varieties of squashes
The children really enjoyed the whole day and did not complain once, which is always a sigh of a successful day. So successful in fact, that we purchased a little apple sapling for our garden. We were advised that it may be a year or two before we get round apples. I am very excited to see what grows!
There are events running up and down the country so I am sure you can find an apple day near you. It really is a fun and informative day out for the whole family!