Juices flow­ing at Wake­field fair

Nelson Mail - - NEWS -

Hun­dreds of people got a taste of the re­gion’s hor­ti­cul­tural labours this week­end, many of them by us­ing mus­cle power.

The fifth an­nual Wake­field Ap­ple Fair at Willow Bank Her­itage Vil­lage yes­ter­day was this year in­cor­po­rated into Nel­son’s in­au­gu­ral her­itage fes­ti­val.

Some stocked up on juice from Hoddy’s Or­chard ap­ples, made on site by vol­un­teers us­ing presses with hy­draulic jacks, pro­vided by local wine-mak­ing group ‘‘Small Sips’’. Oth­ers made juice from their own ap­ples, us­ing han­d­op­er­ated presses dat­ing from the 1950s.

‘‘We thought it would be fun to come and see how it was done in the olden days,’’ said Caren Gen­ery, help­ing her two-year-old daugh­ter chop up ap­ples from trees on their Todds Val­ley prop- erty.

The fair’s or­gan­is­ers said the event was gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, with more stalls each year.

‘‘I don’t think there are re­ally any other ma­jor events that cel­e­brate the ap­ple har­vest specif­i­cally, and it’s such an im­por­tant thing for the re­gion,’’ fair com­mit­tee mem­ber An­nie Barnes said.

LUZ ZUNIGA/NEL­SON MAIL

Eric Arnold and vol­un­teers John and Ber­nice Froud pre­pare a load of ap­ples to go to the press at the Wake­field Ap­ple Fair yes­ter­day.

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