Locals had a serious case of fermentation fever on Saturday at Abbotts Ann’s fourth annual Apple Day.
More than 200 visitors hauled harvests to the War Memorial Hall as manzana mania gripped the village. A giant press took centre stage at the fruity festival squeezing barrow upon barrow load of apples, much of which will be turned into cider over the next 6–8 weeks. Village shop owner Tim Abram was on hand to sort the juice from the pulp and will have his work cut out over the next few days dealing with over 3 tonnes of produce provided.
There was plenty of fruit filled fun to be had at the event; a treasure hunt kept children busily seeking mice on sticks whilst contestants fought hard for the ‘Tastiest Apple Recipe’ title in the baking competition. Winning entries and a selection of home-baked goodies were devoured soon after during afternoon tea. The Freshly squeezed apple juice on offer proved a hit with containers full to the brim making their way out of the car park afterwards.
Organiser David Read was thrilled with the turnout: “It has been a fantastic day with lots of people and a really lovely atmosphere.”