APPLES are enticing visitors to a free family day out on Sunday when South Molton hosts its seventh annual apple fair.
There'll be apple juicing, fruit displays and information with stalls featuring baskets, bees, cider and crafts, games, gifts and competition for the Golden Apple Trophy.
Experts in all kinds of apples and pears , including members of Orchards Live, will be able to answer questions and discuss growing techniques.
The fair is in the Pannier Market, from 10am-4pm and organisers promise the chance to stock up on produce and presents as well as the opportunity to taste juices and ciders. The event comes hard on the heels of Rosemoor Gardens' successful apple event near Torrington, attended by hundreds of visitors.
The RHS marketing manager for Rosemoor, Richard Mulford, said it was a popular success:
"We had a fabulous Apple Day. The feedback we received from visitors was really positive and it was not just the publicity but also the bumper crop of apples they had in their gardens this year that drove them to come to the event, to find out about other varieties that are suitable in the West Country and what to do with them."
Visitors saw more than 100 apple varieties on display, went on apple walks and heard talks by Kevin Croucher of Thornhayes Nursery and Orchards Live on cider making, the orchard and various varieties. The favourite activity for families was pressing apples for juice, but they also took part in apple printing, apple poems and trails in the garden.
RHS specialist on apples Jim Arbury conducted apple identifications and there were also apple tastings and cookery demonstrations.
Richard added: "Even the Garden Kitchen Restaurant continued the theme with special recipes such as apple and parsnip soup, followed by roast pork with apple sauce, with an apple, tayberry and almond cake on offer."
BBC Radio 4's Gardener's Question Time was recorded at Rosemoor a few days later and included much on apples. Available on BBC iplayer.