On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2012, Killerton National Trust Estate is hosting a National Apple Day celebration at the estate in Broadclyst, near Exeter, Devon.
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The cider and apple weekend celebrates Killerton’s 50 acres of orchards which grow nearly 100 varieties of old English apple, including the Killerton Sweet and Killerton Sharp which are unique and originate from the 2,400 acre farming estate.
Over the two day event visitors can witness Killerton’s 200 year old giant hand-cranked cider press in action, have a go at harvesting apples for next seasons cider and apple juice and buy the estate’s cider at the Killerton Cider Bar. The outdoor bar will be serving Killerton’s own award-winning medium dry cider by the glass and bottle. Cider-lovers can also enjoy free tasters and a special apple weekend offer.
Both Killerton’s cider and apple juice won a 2012 silver Taste of the West award and their cider continues to win the National Trust Fine Farm Food Award which recognises the very best produce from National Trust farms and estates. Michelin Star Chef Michael Caines featured Killerton’s cider in his cookery demos at the Exeter Food and Drink Festival this year.
Staff, volunteers and the local community work tirelessly to help harvest the apples and press juice and produced over 5,500 litres of cider for the estate last year. Profits from the sale of the apple juice and cider are invested back into conserving Killerton’s landscape and historic buildings.
The Killerton Kitchen food tent will be serving up hog roast with homemade apple sauce, mulled cider and apple juice and there will be locally made artisan Killerton Cider Bread, apple cake, Killerton estate produce, jams and chutneys for sale. Food lovers will be able to sit back in the orchard and enjoy live music, an apple-juggling street entertainer and a medieval Mummers Play to bless the orchard.
Families are invited to follow the orchard discovery trail to explore all the stalls, orchard conservation displays, play traditional village fete games and see Killerton’s200 year old cider press.
Live demonstrations include the traditional craft of barrel-making by one of the UKs last remaining Coopers, woodturning using Killerton’s apple wood, cider-pressing and an apple ID expert will be on hand on the Sunday to give advice on cider apples. Experts will also be selling and giving advice on apple trees and cider-making equipment.
Cider Press for apple juice pressing
Helen Trebble from Killerton’s Countryside Team said:
At Killerton we are passionate about local produce and protecting our orchards. We look forward to extending our National Apple Day event to a full weekend this year. Traditional countryside skills and old English apple varieties are in decline and our event will highlight the importance of conserving them for the landscape and wildlife. We hope local families and food lovers will join us to celebrate our old Devon customs, local food and drink and the coming of autumn!
For more details visit nationaltrust.org.uk/Killerton