The Seriously Scrumptious Apple & Cider Weekend (Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th September)



Following the unprecedented success of its debut last year, the hugely popular Apple & Cider Weekend is set to return to The Shops at Dartington on Saturday 27thand Sunday 28th September.  With free entry (10am – 4pm) this celebration of the West Country's much loved tipple is set to be a fantastic weekend for all, brimming with family fun. 

Throughout the two days Pomona, the mobile apple press operated by theatre group Common Players will be pressing locally grown Devon apples, with visitors able to purchase the mouth-watering fresh juice from the pop-up cider bar.  There'll be plenty to keep the whole family amused, with enjoyable apple themed games and competitions including treasure hunts for the children, children's entertainment, jugglers, a bouncy castle and live music all planned for the weekend. Talented local crafts people will also be demonstrating their skills and running hands-on activities such as learning how to throw a pot with Crazy About Clay and leatherworking at the Tanner Bates workshop.

To tempt your taste buds during your visit there'll be a wonderful selection of regional food and drink producers showcasing and offering samples of their artisan products in the recently opened 'The Food Shop'.  Bursting with homemade cakes, artisan fresh breads, premium locally sourced meats, regional ales, ciders and wines, tasty cheeses and tempting treats, this foodie destination is just waiting to be explored.

Enthusiastic home-brewers and home-bakers will have the opportunity to show off their skills in an array of exciting new competitions.  With fantastic prizes including a £100 The Shops at Dartington gift voucher for the best overall entry, competition is sure to be fierce.  If you're a passionate home-brewer or a keen jam and chutney maker then make sure you head on down to The Shops at Dartington on the Saturday.  All you need to do is bring your scrumptious cider and tasty jams and chutneys along on the day to the Courtyard by 10am, for your chance to claim victory.  Sunday will see The Shops at Dartington's 'Homemade Apple Pie' and 'Homemade Apple Cake' competitions, if you fancy your chances then enter your perfected home-bakes by 10am in the Courtyard.

For those in need of refreshment during the weekend the cider bar will be serving The Shops at Dartington's two new organic Devon ciders, Dartington Organic Vintage and Organic Cider Devon Blush.  Produced using apples from local orchards within a five mile radius of the Dartington Estate, these delightful, fruity and lightly carbonated ciders are crafted using pure apple juice from more than 15 wonderful bitter sweet and bitter sharp apple varieties, which are pressed using traditional methods and then slowly fermented.

Commenting on this two day event, managing director of The Shops at Dartington, Barbara King says: “We were delighted with the success of last year's debut Apple and Cider weekend and are thrilled to welcome it back for a second year.”  Barbara continues:  “It provides a fantastic opportunity not only to champion Devon food and drink producers but for members of the public to meet those producers and learn all about food and drink production.  The weekend promises to be a brilliant day out for the whole family.”

There's also Dartington's unique selection of shops to explore throughout the weekend.  Browse the exquisite craft and pottery collections, stylish women's and men's fashion, homeware and unusual gifts and furnishings and the two on-site cafés, The Venus Company and Cranks, serving delicious, handmade dishes.

The Shops at Dartington are owned by the Dartington Hall Trust, an independent charitable organisation, trading ethically and sustainably as a social enterprise in order to help support the Trust's activities in Social Justice, Sustainability and the Arts.

For further information about The Apple & Cider Weekend at The Shops at Dartington please visit www.dartington.org/shops.

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