Apple Day Brighton 2012

Stanmer Park, Brighton
Sunday 30 September 2012

11am - 5pm

What went on at Apple Day Brighton 2012

Here's a rundown of what went on at the 2012 Apple Day Brighton.  Laura Parr writes about her experience of the day here.

Apple Day 2012 Leaflet10.30 onwards: Smoothie Bike
11.00: Cookery demo: Nibbles
11.30: Sussex Apple Play
12.00: Orchard tour • So Last Century Stringband • Mayoral visit and book launch
12.30: Sussex Apple Play • Cookery demo: Main dishes
1.00: Tour of both orchards • Morris dancing
1.15: Timely Tales storytelling
2.00: Tour of both orchards
2.30: Sussex Apple Play • Quiz with prizes
3.00: Tour of both orchards • Timely Tales storytelling • Juicing
4.00: Sussex Apple Play
4.30: Cookery demo: Desserts

2012 Talks:

At or leaving from Stanmer House:

1.00: Community Orchard - London Road Brighton Station FILM (10 mins) by Madeleine Cary describing the transformation of London Road Station into a thriving food growing space Conference room Amelia, 1st floor

1.30: Mara Crippa, Harvest Growing Officer, Selecting and looking after fruit trees Insights from the food growing advisor of Harvest Brighton & Hove, about how to choose and care for fruit trees, including a visit to the orchard (30 mins) Meet at Stanmer House entrance

2.00: Peter May, Orchard expert and co-author of Apples and Orchards in Sussex. Sussex Apples and a Sussex Orchard will describe and illustrate some of the apple varieties which are closely linked to Sussex; as well as the orchards of the Ashdown Land Company which until the 1980s grew fruit at Horsted Keynes (20 mins)  Conference room Amelia, 1st floor

3.30: Mara Crippa, Harvest Growing Officer, Selecting and looking after fruit trees : Insights from the food growing advisor of Harvest Brighton & Hove, about how to choose and care for fruit trees, including a visit to the orchard (30 mins) Meet at Stanmer House entrance

4.30: Bryn Thomas, Brighton Permaculture Trust founder Fruit, forest gardening and permaculture making the links between local fruit, food forests and the sustainable design systems of Permaculture (30 mins)

Things to see at 2012 Apple Day Brighton

  • The ever popular Apple Cafés – staffed and cooked for by volunteers, using fruit we scrumped from around Brighton & Hove and quality ingredients donated by Infinity.  Get your apple crumble, soup, apple chutney, ploughman's and more!
  • Orchard tours throughout the day
  • Book launch of Apples and Orchards in Sussex, with signed copies available
  • Display of Sussex apple varieties
  • Freshly picked apples from our own and local orchards for sale
  • Traditional press - help juice apples and pears from the orchards and scrumped from Brighton & Hove
  • Smoothie bike - make your own fruit smoothies
  • Apple juice and cider
  • Children's activities in an expanded area
  • Sussex apple playRare Sussex apple trees for sale - trees of five local Sussex apple varieties will be available for sale at on the day.
  • The Sussex Apple Play performed by Brighton Mummers, featuring a giant apple, a worm and a sausage king
  • Storytelling corner in the Orchard
  • Live acoustic music and choir
  • Apple identification by leading UK expert Joan Morgan (see below)
  • Fruit growing advice
  • Info on birds and other wildlife in orchards
  • Apple Day 2012 RecipesSeared plums, mushrooms stuffed with barley squash and feta, chilli tofu with apple sambal, roast pear and blue cheese frittata ... getting hungry yet? Enjoy cookery demonstrations by the Community Chef with free tasters and recipes - see the menu here.
  • Local producers of fruit, nuts, vegetables, wood products and other things!

Apple identification

If you want to know what the old apple tree in your garden is, then you can ask the expert pomologist and fruit historians. Dr Joan Morgan, author of The New Book of Apples, will be on hand to identify apples. From each tree, bring three or more ripe fruits and a shoot with representative leaves; all must be strong and healthy. The fruit should be in good condition, as damaged, misshapen or poor specimens are very difficult to name. If possible, the fruit should be mature and show the characteristic size, shape and colour.

Stalls at Apple Day Brighton 2012

The stalls included:

Thanks to...

Sponsors

Infinity foods generously sponsored Apple Day Brighton 2012.

Funders

Thank you to the following organisations who also contributed to making Apple Day 2012 possible:

  • National Lottery's Local Food Fund

Supporters

Thank you to the following organisations who also contributed to making Apple Day 2012 possible:

Volunteers

A massive thank you to the many dedicated volunteers who make this event possible.

Event organisers

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