Village’s first Cider Fest enough to get the juices flowing

Barford Apple Fest, steam engine

Those with a glut of apples from their garden or allotment are invited to come along to Barford’s first Apple Fest on Saturday 1 October from 11am – 3pm at Barford St. Peter’s Primary School field.

A 19th-century portable steam engine, made in 1870 by Barrows & Stewart, will be there to press windfalls and picked fruit into fresh bottled apple juice!

Those that don’t have apples, can come and see the wonders of steam-powered agriculture and enjoy the other attractions. Teas and coffees will be on sale along with apple cakes and bakes, mulled cider, hot pork & apple burgers, slow roast pork cooked in cider, plus a veggie option. There will be lots of fun and games for children, including face painting, apple lobbing, drawing competition, bottle tombola and more. The Campden Morris Dancers will also round off the afternoon.

Entrance is £1 per adult, with free entry for accompanied children. It will be a rural celebration of the orchard harvest, with all proceeds going to the new Barford Youth & Community Centre.

Julie Crawshaw, Project Manager said “We’re delighted to be hosting our first Apple Fest to raise funds for the much-needed community building. It’s an unusual and fun way to support the project, which we hope to have starting on site next year”.

There is free parking in the paddock off Church Lane.

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