Stanmer Park, Brighton
Sunday 28 September 2014
11am - 5pm
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Here's what happened at Apple Day Brighton 2014:
- The ever popular Apple Café – staffed and cooked for by volunteers, using fruit we scrumped from around Brighton & Hove and quality ingredients donated by Infinity.
- Orchard tours throughout the day
- 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
- Apple juice and cider
- Children's activities
- Storyteller Jamie Crawford returns to tell the story about "The Apple Tree Man"
- Storytelling by Lily Sequoia
- Fruit growing advice
- Apple identification by leading UK expert Joan Morgan (see below)
- Community Chef cookery demonstrations with free tasters and recipes
- Local producers of fruit, nuts, vegetables, wood products and other things
- Ukulele band Qukulele
- ...and much, much more!
The Stanmer Preservation Society ran a series of photographs about the history of Stanmer village at Stanmer Church on Sunday afternoons, which was open to all visitors.
Children's activities at Apple Day Brighton 2014
Cultures Club had three activities planned:
- Treasure hunt in the morning, involving finding coloured painted apples around the park using our interactive maps. There were apple prizes for those who found them.
- T-shirt apple drawings in the morning at the stall
- Drawing and painting at the stall in the afternoon
Lily Sequoia and Jamie Crawford did storytelling in the orchard at 2pm and 4pm respectively, while Andrea and others did ambulant storytelling around the site throughout the day.
A flavour of Normandy at Apple Day Brighton
For our Apple Day 2014, we were joined by a group of students from the Lycee de Sees, an agricultural college in Normandy, who performed a short play on the theme of Calvados smuggling, in the orchard. Calvados is apple brandy and, until recently, unofficial production on farms was rife.
They also had a stand with information about the strong orchard tradition in Normandy, where you could taste the produce made at the college: juice, cider vinegar, cider, and possibly even a drop of Calvados.
The students were here thanks to our participation in the project Orchards without Borders, in partnership with Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and Collines Normandes.
We also showed our new wonderful exhibition, a collaborative production with our French partners.
This exhibition - printed on strong and sustainable hemp fabric, using non-toxic inks - is one of the lasting legacies of the Orchards without Borders project. It is available for hire for other locations and explains all you ever wanted to know about orchards in Normandy and Sussex, including history, apple varieties, wildlife, cider and juice, cookery, pruning, grafting, insects and diseases.
If you wanted to know what the old apple tree in your garden is, then you could ask the expert pomologist and fruit historian Dr Joan Morgan, author of The New Book of Apples. She was 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.
Who came to Apple Day Brighton 2014
The following stalls were at Apple Day:
- Ashurst Organics
- The Big Fig
- Brighton College of Naturopathic Medicine
- Brighton Peace and Environment Centre
- Care Coops
- Compassion Brighton & Hove
- Cosmic Caravan
- Cultures Club free kids' activities
- Face Painting with Angela Freebury
- Daniel Jon Griffiths (Artist and blacksmith)
- French Revolution
- Garlic Wood Farm
- Groundwork South
- Mother Bhumi's delicious bhajias and pakoras
- Plumpton College
- Ruths of Cooksbridge's splendid cupcakes
- Stanmer Organics
- Steve Nutter Old Time Funfair
- Sussex Badger Vaccination Project
- Sussex Green Living
- Sussex Ornithological Society
- Sussex Wildlife Trust
- Sussex Woodsman
- Trolls Pantry
The people and organisations who made Apple Day Brighton happen
Infinity foods generously sponsored Apple Day again in 2014.
Thank you to the following organisations who helped make Apple Day 2014 possible:
- Interreg: Orchards without Borders was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF
A massive thank you to the many dedicated volunteers who made this event possible and are so crucial to the smooth running of this event. Also thank you to all dancers, musicians, performers and storytellers who also performed as volunteers.
- Brighton and Hove Food Partnership
- Stanmer Orchard Group