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A brand new festival is being held at Brogdale this year; the Great British Cider, Beer and Food Festival will take place on 24 and 25 September and producers will showcase food and drink from around Kent and the UK.

Brogdale Collections is a charity with the principle aim of creating awareness and interest in The National Fruit Collections and to enhance the long term sustainable future for the living collections at Brogdale.

The National Fruit Collections are the largest fruit collection in the world growing on one site, and comprise around 2,200 apples, 550 pears, 320 cherries, 350 plums, 50 hazelnuts, 150 gooseberries, 200 currants (black, red, white and pink), as well as small collections of vines, quinces, medlars and apricots.

Sally Roger marketing manager at Brogdale, home of the National Fruit Collections comments:

“Our traditional cider festival is very popular in September and also has a number of food producers attending so we have decided this year to broaden the festival to give equal prominence to cider, beer and food and to give local producers the chance to showcase the great food and drink which is on offer here in Kent.”

“The cider bar will be much larger than in previous years and we are hoping to have over 100 different ciders to taste or take home. Cider apples will still be very prominent both in a display and also as part of the orchard tours.”

“Many people don’t just come to taste cider at this time of year but we are increasingly getting a number of enquiries from people who want to make their own cider so choosing the right variety of tree is important and what better way than to see the many varieties of cider apple grown at Brogdale and to select one that best suits your tastes.”

There will be plenty to entertain at the festival for all ages so if you want a break from sampling all the food and drink on offer then there will be guided and self guided orchard tours, tractor trailer rides, miniature railway rides, cookery demonstrations and gardening talks, fruit variety identification and much more.

There will also be music to entertain throughout the afternoon and evening including on Saturday local bands The Fecks, Engine and Clutch & Gearbox and on Sunday Adrian Ben and the Chillbillies. There is also the marketplace shops, Grow plant centre, Courtyard Cafe and new Lottery funded children’s play area.

Anyone interested in having a stall at the festival should contact Brogdale at [email protected] or call 01795 536250.  Stalls will cost £55 for a marquee space 10% discount if you bring your own gazebo.

Further information on visiting Brogdale can be found at www.brogdalecollections.co.uk

We attended the Stanmer Park Apple Day this year, here’s a review of what happened..

With over 5000 people attending it proves that sustainably produced seasonal food is going from strength to strength.

Children had a go at apple bobbing, participated in making juice on a traditional press.

Leading UK fruit historian and pomologist, Joan morgan, was on hand to identify peoples apples. Great if you have inherited an apple tree in your garden like we have. There was also a chance to buy some rare Sussex apple trees.

Apple cakes and puddings were served in the farmhouse gardens, and local chefs provided apple cookery demonstartions and lunches. Choirs, dancers and musicians kept the crowds entertained all day.

The photos we took show the orchard at Stanmer, and some of the attractions and activities on the day.

Apple day at Stanmer is part of Local Fruit Futures, a three year project funded by the Lottery, led by Brighton Permaculture Trust and managed by AirS. The project will enable small orchards to be planted across all of Sussex in schools and communities, our fruit history (and future) to be researched and publicised, the training of hundreds of people in fruit growing skills and fruit cookery and will ensure the future of rare Sussex apple varities.

Let us know what apple days you went to this year by leaving a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!