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Tarvin Apple Pressing Day

22nd September 2022 @ 6:06am – by Charles Bradley
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Thanks to the Covid pandemic, there have been so many enjoyable events that just could not happen – and Apple Pressing Day has been amongst them. Now that the worst seems to be over, the Trustees of the woodland are keen to reinstate this village event after the gap of three years and so the Apple Pressing Day 2022 will be held on Saturday, 24th September. As usual, it will run between 11am and 3pm, whatever the weather, and everyone is welcome to come along to help press the apples and extract the fresh apple juice. We will be in the woodland behind Crossfields, in the area where our apple trees are growing and near to where the picnic bench is sited. We’re hoping for a day of bright sunshine and warm breezes, to show off Tarvin’s beautiful woodland!

We intend that this will be a really good family day out, without the need to use the car or to break the bank, and so, as usual, we will be selling Wally Dutton’s beefburgers and hotdogs, together with teas, coffees and squashes, all at very modest prices. Other dietary requirements (for example: vegetarians and gluten-free) will also be catered for.

As always, of course, the object of the exercise is to produce apple juice and, with three presses working, everyone should be able to turn at least some of their own apples (if they have some) into delicious juice. Bring along a bagful (or a bucketful – or even a wheel barrowful) of your surplus apples – windfalls work well (and other people’s windfalls are super, if you can persuade the folk to let your family collect them!) – and, if you also bring along a PLASTIC bottle, you may be able to go home with juice for the following day. (Beware storing it, though – it will ferment, turning it into the start of alcoholic cider and the gas released will cause the bottle to split and leave you with a terrible mess!) Don’t worry if you don’t have any apples of your own – come along and help to press someone else’s apples – and, if you bring a bottle, you will be able to take home some of the juice!

There will be also be lots of ‘crafty’ things for youngsters to try, so they can be kept interested while parents renew acquaintance with friends. Do come along with your family and your friends and enjoy a day in lovely Cheshire countryside, doing traditional country things, without ever leaving Tarvin village! What could possibly be better than that?

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