We are moving Apple Day to Saturday 5 October!

Big news. In order to avoid the terrible weather that is predicted for Sunday. We are moving Apple Day to Saturday 5 October. Yes that’s right, tomorrow. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please do try to make it. The sun will be shining and the apple juice (and cider) will be flowing.

Some details.

We’ll be starting a little later than usual, around 11 a.m., aiming for the first pressing at around 11.30 a.m. There’s a lot of sterilising and putting up of notices to be done in the before that, so if want to help out with that, you’d be very welcome.

Lunch will be served at around 1 p.m.

We’ll carry on until the apples run out, which is usually about 4 p.m. Remember we especially need volunteers at the end of the day to help clean up and we’ll keep some special treats back for those who do! (clue: it’s more cider, but the really good stuff)

A couple of last minute tips:

1. Apples – there’s no such thing as too many apples so don’t give up on any last-minute scrumping.

2. Containers for juice (or cider!) – make sure you bring along a couple of clean bottles to take home some juice, e.g. old milk containers. Give them a good clean in hot soapy water and a rinse. The juice will last a couple of days in the fridge or can be frozen and enjoyed later.

3. If you can, bring some food. As usual I am preparing overnight pork with apple sauce, and brilliant Balzano’s Delicatessen bread rolls, ideal when you’ve worked up an appetite pressing apples. If you can bring some kid-friendly snacks or cake it would help a lot. We’ve had an unoffical bake-off for the last couple of years – extra points for anything involving apples.

We’ve got loads of cider from last year so that you can take some home with you. All we ask in return is that you get involved and help make the day amazing for everyone.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

Jane, Phil and the Cambridge Apple Day crew.

🍏🍎🍏🍎🍏🍎🍏🍎

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Important: possible change of date!

If you’ve looked at the weather forecast for the weekend, you may have noticed that the weather forecast for Sunday is currently terrible!

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We’re considering moving Apple Day to the day before – Saturday 5th. We’ll see what the forecast looks like tomorrow and make a final decision then. Hopefully most people would still be able to make it!

Jane & Phil

 

 

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Apple Day 2019 – Sunday 6 October

We are pleased to announce that Apple Day 2019 will take place on Sunday 6 October.

This is an extra-special year because it marks the 10th anniversary of Cambridge Apple Day.

By way of celebration, I dug out some photos of the inaugural event in 2009. Note the tiny apple tump and the semi-lethal ‘apple mill’. Ah, all good fun.

 

 

 

 

The stats for the day were apparently:

“40 gallons of apple juice pressed – 5 gallons of cider drunk – 3 kilos of belly pork and 1 kilo of sausages consumed in 50 bread rolls – 1 minor injury from a flying splinter while operating the scratter – no arrests for trespass while scrumping (unbelievably) – no reports of E. coli

Amazing to think how far we’ve come.

We’ll post more details in the coming weeks. For now, hold the date in your diary and start spotting apple trees for scrumping. Apple crops are looking pretty good this year.

It would be really great if you could let us know whether you’re coming so we can plan for catering, so please email us to let us know you’re coming.

Apologies to those who have asked, but the Cambridge Apple Day is still an invite only affair.  We currently hold it in Phil and Jane’s back garden, and while we may open it up to the public one day, we aren’t able to do that yet.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 7th!

Jane, Phil & the apple day massive

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Logistics for Apple Day 2018

Only 2 days to go until apple day!

The apple pile is growing despite the poor harvest this year. We took the kids scrumping to Kate’s mum’s orchard last weekend and we got a good haul (thanks to Carla and Michael). We also woke up a surprising number of hibernating ladybirds there.

Collecting apples in Carla and Michael’s orchard.

Hibernating ladybirds that we woke up

Some details for Sunday.

We’ll be starting around 10 a.m., aiming for the first pressing at around 11 a.m. There’s a lot of sterilising to be done in the early morning, so if want to help out with that, you’d be very welcome.

Lunch will be served at around 1 p.m.

We’ll carry on until the apples run out, which is usually about 5 p.m. Remember we especially need volunteers at the end of the day to help clean up and we’ll keep some special treats back for those who do!

A couple of last minute tips:

1. Apples – there’s no such thing as too many apples so don’t give up on any last-minute scrumping!

2. Containers for juice – make sure you bring along a couple of clean bottles to take home some juice, e.g. old milk containers. Give them a good clean in hot soapy water and a rinse. The juice will last a couple of days in the fridge or can be frozen and enjoyed later.

3. If you can, bring some food. As usual I am preparing overnight pork with apple sauce, ideal when you’ve worked up an appetite pressing apples. The brilliant Balzano’s Delicatessen has donated the bread rolls again. If you can bring some kid-friendly snacks or cake it would help a lot. We’ve had an unoffical bake-off for the last couple of years – extra points for anything involving apples.

We’ve got a couple of barrels of cider and a whole load of bottles from last year so that you can take some home with you. All we ask in return is that you get involved and help make the day amazing for everyone.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday!

Jane, Phil and the Cambridge Apple Day crew.

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Apple Day 2018

We are delighted to announce that the Cambridge Apple Day will be back for its 9th year on Sunday 7th October 2018.

As usual it’s the time of year that we realise that we forgot to write up the blog for the last year’s event, but thankfully some of our more diligent apple day revellers posted photos and videos from last years event, including this impressive time-lapse from Sophie of a pressing:

 

It was great to see the kids getting really involved into the process – even setting up the press themselves and leaving more time for the grown-ups to drink cider do the really important stuff.

 

2017 was another bumper year, we pressed an estimated 110 gallons of juice. Some of this was consumed as delicious juice on the day or taken away in bottles. The rest was turned into cider, as you can see:

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2017 cider fermenting

The biggest challenge has been what to do with it all! Happily, there was a street party on Flamsteed Road this year which saw off a good couple of barrels:

Flamsteed Road street party 2018

Anyway, back to this year. Details will follow in the coming weeks. For now, hold the date in your diary and start spotting apple trees for scrumping. Apple crops look to be a bit patchy this year due to the hot weather, many of our usual haunts have had very poor crops. So keep an eye out for any promising trees with apples that haven’t fallen yet.

It would be really handy if you could let us know whether you’re coming so we can plan for catering, so please email us to let us know you’re coming.

Apologies to the many people who’ve asked, but the Cambridge Apple Day is still an invite only affair.  We currently hold it in Phil and Jane’s back garden, and while we want to open it up to the public one day, we aren’t able to do that yet.

Looking forward to more appley goodness on the 7th!

Jane & Phil

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Apple Day 2017 logistics

Apple Day 2017 is only a few days away! This is prime scrumping time, see this blog post for advice on collecting and storing apples. We’ve been busy picking apples in some amazing orchards this week:

Beautiful spartan apples look almost too good to press!

The weather has been pretty mixed so we’re hoping for a dry day. The long-term forecast looks reasonable at the moment:

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Fingers crossed it stays that way!

If you haven’t confirmed you’re coming yet, then please email Jane or Phil, it’s really handy for us to be able to plan for catering.

We’ll start the fun at around 10.00am and aim for the first pressing at around 11.00am after which the press will be running all day, with a short break for lunch at 1pm.

We’ll carry on until we run out of apples or steam (usually around 5pm), but we always need a hand clearing up, so please do stick around if you can.

Make sure you bring along a couple of clean bottles to take home some juice, e.g. old milk containers. Give them a good clean in hot soapy water and a rinse. The juice will last a couple of days in the fridge or can be frozen and enjoyed later.

I’ll be preparing overnight pork with apple sauce and sage and onion stuffing as usual, ideal when you’ve worked up an appetite pressing apples!

If you can bring some kid-friendly snacks or cake it would help a lot. Salads also go down well. There is now an informal Great Apple Day Bake Off, we had a amazing spread last year, like Kate’s lovely ginger cake – yum:

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We’ve got a LOT of last year’s cider to work through and, of course, there will be many gallons of fresh apple juice. What’s not to like?

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday!

Jane, Phil and the Cambridge Apple Day crew.

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Apple scrumping has started

Just three weeks to go until Cambridge Apple Day 2017 (which is on Sunday 8 October) and the apple scrumping has started.

The first happy scrumpers of 2017

Jane, Kate, and Sarah braved the showers in Cambridge today, taking all five monkeys with them to scrump the apples at one of our favourite spots (Kate’s mum’s house). They brought home a very respectable 6 sacks with a great mix of eaters and cookers.

It is something of a tradition at this time of year for me to declare the apple tump open for business. What’s an apple tump? Basically, it’s a wooden box that we use to store the apples in the run up to apple day.

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This year there is no tump. Why? One of the problems with tumps is that the apples at the bottom tend to be in pretty bad shape by the time Apple Day comes around. In recent years we’ve used sacks to store some of our apple harvest and found that they keep the apples in better condition. So this year, we’re experimenting with storing all of the apples in sacks.

One thing we’ll miss about the tump is the dramatic photographic opportunities, like this one…

With or without a tump, the next few weeks will see happy bands of volunteers running around Cambridge to scrump apples before the big day. Here’s a few tips before you get started:

  1. Ask before you scrump, but don’t be afraid to ask.  Most people with apple trees don’t really know what to do with all of their apples, and you’ll probably be doing them a favour by picking them. If you need an incentive, we’ve got some delicious bottled cider  from last year available.  Come and get a few bottles to give to people to say thanks for the apples.
  2. We take any type of apple. We follow the centuries old recipe for cider making that involves having a great mix of cider apples, eaters, cookers and crabs.  Sweet or sour we want them all.
  3. Windfalls are fine as long as they aren’t from orchards with animals in. While we run all of our fruit through a bath of disinfectant (followed by a fresh water rinse) before pressing, animal poop can carry some seriously nasty bacteria and bugs, so if there’s any risk, leave them out.
  4. Throw away anything with mold on, but a bit of bruising isn’t usually a problem.

If you’ve got access to apples, but need some help scrumping, get in touch and we’ll send out some of our wonderful volunteers to help.

If you can store the apples yourself before the big day, great. Otherwise, feel free to drop them at Phil and Jane’s house. We’ve got lots of sacks here, so either collect some before your scrumping trip, or fill them up when you get here.

Happy scrumping folks.

Pro tip: don’t bite chunks out of the apples you’re meant to be collecting

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