Apple Day: Celebrating the British harvest and local communities

Apple Day celebrations, reflecting the rich heritage of the British harvest and local communities, takes place across the country this weekend.

Apple Day was launched in 1990 by Common Ground, to create a calendar custom, an autumn holiday. Although the charity and lobby group, Common Ground, have designated this year’s Apple Day on 21 October, the actual date varies between venues.

Common Ground say: “From the start, Apple Day was intended to be both a celebration and a demonstration of the variety we are in danger of losing, not simply in apples, but in the richness and diversity of landscape, ecology and culture too. It has also played a part in raising awareness in the provenance and traceability of food.”

There will be events held across the country. In London, Borough Market’s acclaimed Apple Day celebration will take place on Sunday 22 October in Three Crown Square, Green Market and Market Hall between 12-4pm.

There will be music, entertainment, games and competition, including an apple peeling competition. The event will also be an opportunity to learn about endangered apple varieties or discover the art of cultivating orchards.

In Somerset, family apple picking events will be held in the orchards at the foot of Glastonbury Tor this weekend.

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Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. Follow Rosa on Twitter.


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