The Apple & Cider Fayre celebrates the humble Kentish Apple in all its forms, its versatility and the county’s dominance as an apple grower. Up to 35 varieties – some dating back to the 1500s – are hand-picked just days before the festival from the Kent Life orchard, affectionately known as ‘the sheep orchard’, as it is where the farm’s sheep are let graze. They are available to try and buy throughout the weekend.
A complimentary apple recipe sheet featuring some old-fashioned favourites will inspire comforting pudding creations from the weekend’s apple stash. Visitors are invited to watch traditional apple pressing where apples are cut, crushed and pulped and then squeezed in the farm’s giant Victorian press, resulting in the most delicious, fresh juice.
For cider lovers, the cider tent will host a range of Kentish ciders from local, vibrant craft cider makers such as: Biddenden; Dudda’s Tun, Faversham; Kent Cider, Canterbury; and Turner’s, Marden. Cider cocktails will also be on the menu to sip and savour, while enjoying live music from local bands. Younger visitors will be able to try their hand at a variety of apple-based crafts.