Pendeen celebrates National Apple Day
PENDEEN got a bit fruity at the weekend with cakes, preserves and juice aplenty.
Held at the farmer’s market, the village hosted a celebration of National Apple Day - officially October 21 - on Saturday morning and afternoon.
The inaugural event championed the fruit and looked to get more people growing, eating and cooking it.
Organiser Yvonne Bristow, who runs the regular market day, said the special event was a success.
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“It went very well,” she said, “it was great fun and good times were had by all.
“It was the first time we had done it in Pendeen and I think it will be good to do it again. There was a good turn out - we had a lot of people come along.”
With pockets of the UK all trumpeting one of the country’s sweetest foods, its south west tip made sure some of Cornwall’s offerings were duly noted - with the exception of the cake competition being won by a visitor from Dorset.
As well as the eight treats hoping to be crowned best eat, the celebration saw prizes from Polgoon vineyard and orchard near Penzance and a host of chutneys, preserves and jellies from farmers and producers across Penwith.
Trengwainton Gardens, which lies close to Polgoon, brought along 14 different types to the show - including some “interesting crab apples” to use in jams.
While others involved in food also paid a visit, including farmer Ian Flindall who brought the “perfect accompaniment to pork,” members of Bosavern Community Farm and various others from delis and cafes.
Mrs Bristow took one of her own garden’s apples to the event - a Cornish variety called King Byerd. She added there are around 100 varieties native to the county alone.
She also acknowledged that there are relatively few commercial orchards in west Penwith, adding too she wants to see more people growing apples themselves.
“There has been a big push nationally to get more apples eaten,” said the foodie.
“We don’t see apples at the market very often - we don’t have any traders bringing them in and it would be nice if they did.”