Cox, Bramley or Pippin? Find out at our Apple Festival

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Apple peel competitionNeed to know what variety of apple grows in your garden? Want to enter the record books for the longest apple peel or even take part in an apple and spoon race?

Well anyone can in Ely this Saturday (18 October) in the city’s fourteenth Apple Festival organised and ran by East Cambridgeshire District Council and Watergull Orchards.

Visitors to Palace Green between 10am – 4pm will be able to take part in a whole host of events such as:

  • Apple identification and display – experts will be on site capable of categorizing the species of fruit simply by sight
  • The longest peel competition, apple and spoon races and an apple shy
  • There will also be a hog roast, apple related food from burgers to bangers served with apple sauce and a wide selection of apple juices and ciders.
  • A variety of stalls containing everything from rural crafts to live folk music and apple related wares for sale.
  • There will also be ‘Flight of Falcon’ static display of Birds of Prey including Kestrel, Hawks, Buzzards and Owls plus a Beekeeper displaying their working bees

Tracey Harding, Team Leader Town Centre Services at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: ”Our Apple Festival in Ely is always a brilliant day for the whole family as we honour the great tradition of British apples. There is so much going on that some people spend a whole day wondering around the different stalls and joining in the fun. I am always staggered by how popular the apple identifiers are. From the moment we open, they are besieged by people who have brought apples in from their garden and want to know more about them.

“There are lots of competitions too such as the longest apple peel competition – you will be staggered by the lengths some peels reach – an apple shy and apple and spoon race. So if you thought apples were nothing more than the simple golden delicious you see at your local market then come along and learn that the humble apple is a remarkable fruit indeed.”

“There will be food and drink on offer, all with that special apple twist, so please come along an experience what I and others now think is the best apple festival in the country.”

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Further information; please contact Ely Tourist Information Centre on 01353 662062