Have you ever made an apple pie with a nut crust? Maybe you want to start growing these foods?
Whether you are an apple and nut expert or want to learn more about these amazing local delicacies, you are invited to the Denman Island Growers and Producers Alliance’s Festival of Apples and Nuts.
The event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. to celebrate both of these wonderful and important local foods.
The day will begin at the farmers market (9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.) with the classic pie fundraising table. Frozen apple pies will be for sale as well as pie by the slice. There will also be apple juice for sale, and a demonstration of an old-fashioned cider press. For those who aren’t just fruity, there will also be nuts for sale, as well as the wonderful weekly market full of local vendors.
The main event will be at the Community Hall all day from 9:30am onwards. At the apple and nut display you will be able to learn the names of the many varieties of each that are grown here. Denman’s resident apple ID detective will be on hand to answer your apple variety mysteries, so bring them in (best if you can bring a few specimens and a small branch from your mystery tree). Angela Boss, an agrologist from the Ministry of Agriculture, will be hosting a booth on the BC Hazelnut Renewal Program. The Apple Cafe will have soup, tea, and coffee with pie by the slice and an apple and nut tasting table. There will be a kid’s table, decorations, and a steady stream of interesting things happening. For example, did you know there is a proper way to eat an apple? Come by for a tutorial from Maxine Matilpi.
Throughout the afternoon we are offering a wide array of workshops about nuts for every taste.
To help cover the costs of speakers and ingredients we are asking for a sliding scale donation of $10-$30 for attending the workshop portion of the festival. If this is not in your means (or if you want to donate more) that is just fine.
6 p.m. After a sweet, juicy but slightly nutty day of workshops and talks, please join us for a Potluck Harvest Feast at the Community Hall. Come eat with your friends, neighbours and fellow food enthusiasts to celebrate and enjoy the delicious foods cultivated in this community.
Please bring a dish to share for the Potluck Harvest Feast featuring as many local ingredients as you like. Prizes will be given for the dish with the most local ingredients in it, as well as for the dish with the most creative use of nuts. Kindly label the ingredients in your dish. Attendees will also be able to sample the culinary fruits of the cooking workshops held during the day.
After what promises to be a delicious meal the local band Death Eats and Orange will play a lively blend of acoustic folk music for your listening and dancing pleasures.
Organizers are looking for volunteers to help with gleaning, making pies, set-up, take-down, and running the festivities on the day of. Join the team to help make this event a success, it will be fun. Contact festival co-ordinator, Magdalene Joly at email@example.com
A big thanks to DenmanWORKS, for supporting the GPA in expanding the festival to include nuts this year.