The Folk of Gloucester’s Annual Celebration of Apples and Cider making in Gloucestershire with over 30 apples found exclusively in Gloucestershire.
There will be a range of ciders to try and buy from Severn Cider. The cider mill will be open today.
Lassington Oak will be giving an insight in to Morris Dancing with Folk music playing throughout the building.
Orchard talk by Martin Hayes of Gloucestershire Orchard Trust.
The café will be open and there will be children’s activities throughout the day.
Free entry to all. Details at https://www.gloucestercivictrust.org/the-folk/
Check their or GOTs website nearer the time. Covid restrictions permitting.
Bring a few representative samples for identification and a small amount (two carrier bags) for juicing at the farm. Small charge for the latter.
Mulled apple juice, lovely apple and pear themed cakes, family event, music, heritage fruit to try and buy, rare trees for sale. Buy juice, cider and perry from unsprayed fruit.
Now is a chance to chat to Dave and Helen about your orchard/fruit questions. But they do get busy!
Browse their mature and young orchards, bring a picnic. Walk around the Museum Orchard of rare Gloucestershire varieties. Maps available (please return).
Signage will be out. One way system in operation. Yurt and roundhouse. Forest garden to explore.
Do watch this inspiring video, recently made by long-term GOT supporters Jane and John Willoughby, originally for Gardener’s World.
In it they describe how they’ve fitted 20 varieties of apple into their garden, using grafting and training techniques:
If you’re looking for an unusual, tasty (and educational) gift to give this Christmas why not support some of our local orchards and buy the Gloucestershire Cider Box? This is available from our friends at Bushel & Peck (run by David Lindgren, based in Winchcombe) and Orchard Revival (run by Tim Andrews, based in North Nibley).
About the case:
12 bottles of Gloucestershire cider and perry ciders from 6 Gloucestershire based cider-makers. All are real, full juice ciders, a showcase of the quality and diversity of cider that’s available Gloucestershire, covering different styles of cider, with different fruit varieties from different locations.
A tutored tasting with The Ciderologist:
The case comes with links to an online tutored tasting with Gabe Cook, the Ciderologist. The case has two bottles of each cider, one you can drink during the tutored tasting and one to enjoy at your leisure, before or after. The online session will take place on 17th December on Zoom but will be recorded for access afterwards. So you don’t have to drink all six at once!
The case contains 2 each of:
BUSHEL+PECK: Fresh+Crisp; cider, an Eastern Counties-style cider made from unsprayed eating apples. Simple and refreshing. 2 x 500ml
DUNKERTONS: Breakwell’s Seedling; organic single variety cider. A fragrant and fruity sparkling medium dry cider. 2 x 500ml
JOLTER PRESS: Squeal; rich and flavourful medium sweet cider made from a variety of cider apples from the Forest of Dean. 2 x 500ml
ORCHARD REVIVAL: Festival; a popular blended West Country cider made from cider, dessert and culinary fruit. Made by a small cider-maker in South Gloucestershire who is dedicated to restoring traditional orchards. 2 x 500ml
SEVERN CIDER: Perry; a delicate and crisp perry, made predominantly from Blakeney Red perry pears from this well-established cider-maker, located close to the River Severn. 2 x 330ml
THE WILD CIDER CO: Tyndale Gold; fruity aromatic cider pressed using a complex blend of cider apples picked from orchards under the watchful gaze of the Tyndale Monument. 2 x 500ml
Or, if you don’t want the full case, why not look at all the other ciders and perrys on offer – there are links to all the 6 cider makers in the listing above and most have online shops.
A couple of pictures from Tobias Reynolds, an award winning Gloucester-based photographer, showing his wife and baby enjoying the apple crop at Longney. Right-click the images to open full size in a new tab.
For more on Tobias’ work visit his website www.moochuk.com
National Apple Day was launched in 1990 by Common Ground. Their aspiration was to create a calendar custom, an autumn holiday. From the start, Apple Day was intended to be both a celebration and a demonstration of the variety we are in danger of losing, not simply in apples, but in the richness and diversity of landscape, ecology and culture too. It has also played a part in raising awareness in the provenance and traceability of food.
The concept has become incredibly successful over the 30 years since – with events taking place all over the country organised by local orchard and apple groups, across a range of dates throughout October. The Covid restrictions this year mean that there are rather fewer events than usual but some are still taking place and, if there are none near you, you can always celebrate at a local level in your own garden!
The Longney harvest is shared between several juicing and cider makers – including long-standing GOT supporters from both Days Cottage and Trust Juice.
These pictures are from Helen at Days Cottage, showing some of their harvest work a week or so ago:
The Rockness Orchard Group had a very successful socially-distanced juicing day on 12th September. The weather was kind and four groups of people took up five slots on the day (one group had a double slot).
Lots of credit to Fiona, who mobilised a number of local people into collaborating and participating in the day.
Pictures and words from Joy Way
Ainsleigh Rice from the Marcher Apple Network has recently written a very interesting and useful review of the DNA Fingerprinting initiative for us.
He explains how DNA fingerprinting can work, using marker pairs of DNA sequences, and gives some examples. It’s complicated – you will need to concentrate! And he goes on to discuss what this can (or cannot) tell us about each variety’s parentage.
The full text – as a pdf – can be read below or downloaded via this link.