AN APPLE-TISING day celebrating the orchard harvest is being held in Barford to raise funds for a new community centre.
Apple Fest is set to take place on Saturday October 1 and villagers with a glut of apples from their garden or allotment are invited to come along, as well as anyone else who loves the fruit.
A 19th century portable steam engine will be there to press windfalls and picked fruit into fresh bottled apple juice.
And there will still be plenty to see and do – and most importantly eat – for those who do not have any apples to juice.
Tea and coffee will be on sale along with a host of apple-based food and beverages. There will be apple cakes and bakes, mulled cider, hot pork and apple burgers, slow roast pork cooked in cider, as well as a vegetarian option.
There will be lots of fun and games for children including face painting, apple lobbing, a drawing competition and bottle tombola.
And the Campden Morris Dancers will round off the afternoon.
Entrance is £1 with free entry for children, with all proceeds going to the new Barford Youth and Communty Centre.
Project manager Julie Crawshaw 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.”
Apple Fest takes place on St Peter’s Primary School field between 11am and 3pm.
There will be free parking in the paddock off Church Lane.