Despite poor weather, many people came to Belper’s Apple Day last month, where – thanks to the National Trust – they had a chance to enjoy an extensive display of mainly local apples, and to learn lots about their cultivation from an established expert from the Northern Fruit Group.
Visitors to the event also tasted and compared different varieties, and enjoyed a magnificent range of apple baking – a testimony to the immense reservoir of cooking skills among Belper people: an entire table was consumed by lunchtime!
A range of games were also enjoyed, including a longest apple peel competition (pictured). Fruit trees, honey, and cider sales also proved popular, and local businesses Gummer’s, Dot-Teas Tea Emporium, and The Perfect Cuppa provided apples and apple goodies for sale during the following week.
Many people made Apple Day the success it was, but without the practical, financial, and personal support provided by Transition Belper and its members it could never have happened.
Thank you Transition Belper, and our townspeople for making it such a success.
By Chris Ring