Tring’s Own Apple Fayre is back this October for its annual celebration of environment, food, culture and Tring.
Founder, Martin Hicks, says: ‘Following in the spirit of a former Tring resident, why should orchards give us reasons to be cheerful? With Climate Change looming, Nature’s ‘Ecosystem Services’ are increasingly recognised as the planet’s life-support.
‘Orchards East has shown a regional decline in farmhouse orchards of over 80% since 1900. We need to conserve, support and celebrate the special orchards we have left – and plant lots more! Come along and see what the 2022 Apple Fayre has to offer to promote a more sustainable future!’
From Saturday 1 to Saturday 22 October, you can follow the Appleachian Trail while shopping or strolling down the High Street. Have a look in the shop windows and see whether you can find any clues illustrating interesting facts and myths about apples. Download the trail map for printing here.
Come along to the Apple Day on Sunday 2 October at Tring’s historic WWI Jeacock’s orchard. Purchase heritage apples from Cam Valley Orchards and bring your unknown apples for expert ID by Anna Baldwin. Support local produce stalls, get involved with apple pressing, see fantastic craft stalls, including spinning, weaving, and wood turning. There will also be fruit tree sales, wildlife displays and live moth identification, nature notes, music, storytelling and nature activities, local charity stalls, live plays and puppet show, games, maypole ‘dancing’ and light refreshments. Please walk if possible. The ground is very bumpy (ant hills) but if dry, suitable for wheelchairs.
On Saturday 8 October, line the streets for the Apple Fayre procession from the King’s Arms to the Market Place, Brook Street. Follow the Apple Cart decorated by Magnolia, Tring’s Own Apple Man, Morris dancers, musicians, maypole, scarecrows and Apple Wagon in honour of our rural heritage. Then stay for the Farmers’ Market and support local produce with a special fruity flavour.
Then on Saturday 22 October, bake for Tring’s Own Apple Bake-Off! There is no proposed recipe, but judges must taste the in your choice of bake, such as cupcake, tray-bake, flan or sponge.
Free entry for three classes: up to 7 years, 8-15 years and 16+ years. Bring your bakes to the Farmers’ Market by 10am to be judged by Steven Carter-Bailey (BBC Bake-Off finalist), Andy Sawyer (PAMS) and Betsabe (Bacanas Argentinian Food). There are great prizes for the winners and runners up! To enter, email your name and class by Friday 14 October to email@example.com. Let your imagination and flour run free!
The full brochure of events can be found here.